About Stencil

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Stencil opened in November of 2017 with one idea in mind: give people a place to go to create whatever they wanted. While there were art studios where you could paint a canvas or make pottery, there wasn’t a place where you could go to create…well…everything else. We wanted people to be able to build things. With their hands. To have a sense of accomplishment and learn a new skill all while having fun at the same time.

Not only do we have over 100 projects to choose from, but we can also design custom projects. Send us a picture and we’ll draw up the plans and procure the materials needed for you to make your project.

While we do offer some classes at our studio, our primary focus is you being able to make whatever you want, when you want. If you’re coming to our studio with a group of friends and you all want to make something different, you can do just that! String art, wood signs, bath bombs, paper flowers, dream catchers, we have it all and more! There is no minimum number of people required to come to our studio, you can come by yourself or with a group of 39 of your closest (ok, maybe not so close) friends.

When customers come into our studio we’ll often hear from a select few in the group “but I’m not crafty”. No worries! Every project in our studio is designed with the “not crafty” person in mind. That doesn’t mean they are simple projects that a crafty person won’t enjoy, it just means that we have created stencils and templates that are used as a guide to show you where to paint, drill holes, hammer nails, etc. to make sure each project turns out looking its absolute best.

Our studio is a great place for an awesome DIY craft party for birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Or if you want a fun new way to motivate your team and build morale, check out our Corporate Team Building projects. Come join us for one of our classes or special events or reserve a seat online and SAVE $5 off ANY of our projects. Want to just pop on in and create something crafty? Don’t worry about reserving a seat, just come on in during one of our open studio times! Stencil is a BYOB studio after 4pm, so feel free to bring your own beverages to enjoy while you sit back, relax and craft the night away.

At Stencil we are here to help your ideas come to life. Thank you for supporting small, local, family owned businesses! We love to support other local small businesses, so you’ll often find us partnering with them for craft events around town.

Meet Nicole, Chief Creative Crafter at Stencil.

Nicole Bolin

Don’t you love it when someone walks into your home, compliments a particular item, asks where you got it and your response is….”I made it.”  I KNOW, ME TOO!!  We are like two peas in a pod, me and you.

So here’s a quick little fun fact sheet about me:

Favorite Food? Donuts, specifically sprinkle donuts.  Clearly donuts are an important part of my life, seeing as they were the first fact that came to mind when I started thinking about this list.

Married?  To a brilliantly nerdy scientist who thinks I am only a little crazy for keeping almost everything he tries to put into the garbage can with the thought….”I might be able to use that someday to make something….”

Kids? I am a step-mom to 3 great kids: Ragnar, Roark and Taylor and I have 2 furbabies: Napoleon & Midori.

Home? While I currently live in the sunny southwest (Scottsdale, AZ), my heart will always be in Chicago. If you ever find yourself planning a trip to Chicago, check out my blog posts: DIY Chicago Food Tour, the DIY way to get around Chicago and Chicago Green Spaces – Four Fabulous Finds in less than Four Hours.

Favorite Minion?  Definitely Stuart.

Favorite Quote?  Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

And here’s a lil bit more about me…

I have always been an analytical person by nature so it makes sense that I have spent the last 15 years of my life in the scientific field.  But I have always been a very creative person as well.  So in 2014, I decided to switch careers.  I spent a year and a half studying interior design at the New York Institute of Art and Design.  While going to school, I spent every extra minute I had on DIY projects.  I did everything from re-tiling fireplaces to making a giant 5 foot scrabble board.  In July 2016, I graduated from school with a certification in interior design and decided to open Stencil in order to teach others how they too can create beautiful DIYsigns for their home and lifestyle.

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