Put on your GLOVES, then shake the container of WOOD STAIN (labeled “WS”) to thoroughly mix the contents. Your wood stain may have come in a plastic cup, or it may have come in a tube or bottle. Reference the instructions below for your container type:
If your stain came in a cup: Leave it in the bag while you shake, just in case the container leaks. Hold the container by the top & bottom (not the sides) to ensure the lids stays on while you shake. Open the lid slowly to prevent stain from spraying off the lid as you open.
If your stain came in a tube or bottle: after shaking/mixing the stain, pour the stain into the plastic cup provided with your kit. Please note: other kit components may have been packed inside your plastic cup. Remove those items and set them aside so you can use the cup.
To stain your wood, FOLD the stain CLOTH until it is about the size of cotton ball, then dip the cloth into the cup of stain. Rub the stain onto the wood in the same direction as the wood grain lines. Reference your instruction sheet for which sides of the wood you should/should not stain.
Wood is like a sponge, it will only absorb so much stain, so you may not need to use all the stain in your cup. Keep in mind that this is stain, not paint, so you should still be able to see the wood through the stain.
When you are done staining you can remove your gloves.
Weeding & Taping your Stencil
Watch this entire video before performing any of the steps in it. PLEASE NOTE: The Believe stencil is unique in that there are 2 parts of the hat you will not weed (remove), they are marked with a “K” for KEEP. We have weeded everything that needs to be weeded for you on the last “e”. You will weed the rest of the stencil per the video below.
Applying your Stencil
Watch this entire video before performing any of the steps in it.
Paint in your Kit
Some paint and/or glue may come in a bag instead of a cup. Dispense the paint or glue (“E” for Elmers or “MP” for Mod Podge) from the bag into the plastic cup BUT ONLY AS YOU NEED TO USE THE PAINT/GLUE (so they don’t dry out while you are doing other steps). Reference the instructions below for dispensing.
Over time, the components of the paint can separate – if you can see different colors in your paint, you will want to gently mix before dispensing. To mix – hold the bag upright and grasp the Ziplock to keep it closed while you “massage” the paint with your other hand.
Lay the bag flat in your hand, then pinch the corner to push the liquid back then snip the pinched corner off with scissors (pinching the liquid back keeps it from dripping out right after snipping the bag).
Squeeze the liquid out into the cup. Make sure to hold the Ziploc portion together firmly so it doesn’t pop open from back pressure. For some projects, other kit supplies may have come packed in your plastic cup. Remove those supplies and set them aside so you can use the cup.
Painting over your Stencil
Watch this entire video before performing any of the steps in it. PLEASE NOTE: After you have painted your design, when it’s time to remove the stencil, you’ll also remove the 2 pieces of stencil that have a “K” on them. Then, once you have confirmed the paint on both the hat and the “e” have dried, use the Q-tips included in your kit to dab white paint into the spaces reserved for the hat brim and pom. If the hat and “e” paint are still wet when you do this, the white paint will mix with them, so that is why you want to make sure they are dry first before you dab on the white paint.
When you are done, reference your instruction sheet for your next step.