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DIY Screen Printed Window Valance


It’s the 2nd Monday of the month and that means it’s time for the Silhouette Challenge! If you’re unfamiliar the full details are at the bottom, along with 44 links to other participants. This month I decided to make a new curtain for the kitchen window, check out yesterdays post for instructions on sewing your own window valance.#DIY Screen Printing with you #Silhouette

One day I was randomly clicking my way through YouTube and I stumbled across a video on screen printing with a silhouette cutter. Immediately my wheels started turning.

Screen Print Supplies:

  • Vinyl
  • Cameo or Portrait
  • Cut File
  • Transfer Paper
  • Organza Fabric
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Painters Tape
  • Thick paint or screen print ink (I used house paint and I’ll cover the pro’s & con’s at the end)
  • Old Gift Card or Squeege
  • Newspaper to protect your table


  1. Set up your image in Silhouette Studio. I found this carrot image through Google and traced it in SS. Draw a large circle around the image, just smaller than the embroidery hoop. *TIP* Hold down shift while using the circle tool to make a perfect circle.
  2. Cut out your stencil on vinyl and weed. DIY Screen Print Carrot Stencil
  3. Hoop your organza tight with no wrinkles. Apply the stencil using the transfer paper. I had trouble with the small pieces sticking to the transfer paper so I would avoid a design with a ton of small pieces. Press it flat and make sure you don’t have any bubbles or wrinkles. You can see where my carrot bled on the carrot part, I did a test run and rinsed the stencil and the vinyl warped a little. If you have the time, place something flat and heavy over the stencil over night to help it set.
  4. Mark where you want your stencil. If you’re doing more than one it’s important to move quickly so the paint doesn’t dry in the screen. I used pins to mark my curtain, I ended up with 7 carrots and my stencil was starting to fall apart by the end.
  5. Using the painters tape seal off the edges of the hoop so you don’t get any leaks.
  6. Tape your newspaper to the table to protect it from any leaking paint.Make Your Own Screen Printing Screen with a Silhouette Cutter
  7. Pour a little paint into the hoop NOT on top of your design. Using your gift card lightly scrape the paint over the stencil. Try to get it done in as few passes as possible.
  8. Carefully lift the hoop straight up with out smearing the paint. It will look bubbly but don’t worry, it will dry flat
  9. Repeat until you’re happy.Screen Printed Carrot
  10. Let the fabric dry and your’e good to go.Screen Printed Curtains

What I learned:

  • Latex house paint works if you don’t have screen printing ink, it will run if you go over the screen too many times and it will make the fabric very stiff. I haven’t tried washing yet but that might soften it up a little. It’s cheap and readily available in any color you can imagine. I found screen print ink at Hobby Lobby but they only had a few colors and it was $8+ for a small jar. If you want do clothing I would take that route.
  • Next time I’ll leave more blank space in my hoop. Once the paint was scraped the to top there was very little room to work.
  • I don’t see how these stencils could be used after washing,  the vinyl on mine started to warp and peel away after washing. I have seen on the internet where people used a heat gun or iron to ‘set’ the stencil but I haven’t tried that yet so proceed with caution. 

Looking for more? Check out 44 more posts featuring Silhouettes and fabric:


  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress


  1. WOW.. who would’ve thought!! Screen printing with a Silhouette!!! I’m so glad you made this tutorial, I never would have thought to try this, let alone were to begin!! Nice job!
    Dee @ From Wine to Whine recently posted…Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS!My Profile

  2. This is amazing. The valance turned out terrific. Is there anything this machine can’t do? LOL
    Pam – GetSilvered recently posted…Pretty up some Organza Bags.My Profile

  3. Wow, you are very talented, and probably very Pinterest popular! You can always tell the ones who will be popular on Pinterest (and it’s not me).

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent, and for participating in the 100 day blog challenge!
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  4. I already wanted a Silhouette. Now you have me really, really wanting one. Your stencil turned out so good. If you decide to change your room colors, all you have to do is add more stencil color to match. Clever. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for participating in the boost challenge.

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  5. Wow! You are talented! Love the photos on your posts! I’m visiting from the Blog Challenge!

  6. How cute are those curtains. I really need to bring out the craftier side of me and start making things. There are so many things out there I just don’t know where to begin, I love it all! Visiting from BYB
    Kirsten recently posted…OMG that Chicken Smells Like Shit! Yes, I said it.My Profile

  7. I love your design. It reminds me of spring which I wish would hurry and arrive.
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  8. Such a cute design for your curtains. Love your honest review of this technique so I know what to expect when I try it.
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  9. OMG! My wheels are spinning. We are getting ready to move into a new rental house. I’m sure I can find something to decorate with this idea!

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  10. I’ve always wanted to try to make my own prints! Thanks for sharing, I’m going to pin this for future reference 🙂
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  11. I love your valance! It’s perfect for a kitchen area or pantry! The carrot is a really fun design, too.

    -Cristyl @
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  12. This is brilliant- why have I not thought of it before! You have a new follower 🙂
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  13. Wow! This is really lovely. What a wonderful idea. Not that I would ever have time for anything like this right now, but I will have to Pin this, who knows, maybe sometime in the future…