Single-Use vs Reusable Stencil Material

Single-Use vs Reusable Stencil Material

If it isn’t obvious by now, we love stencils.  Whether you are adding personality to your home, celebrating a special occasion or even using them to advertise for your business- stencils are the perfect tool!  The potential uses of stencils are practically endless and allow you to take any design and apply it to many different spaces, surfaces and projects. 

Whether you are a professional designer or a DIY kind of person, you will often be faced with the question of what kind of stencil to use. While there are so many types of stencils to choose from, your most common choice will come down to this: should you choose a single-use or reusable stencil? Some of you may wonder what the difference is or how to decide which is best for your project- and we are here to help guide you through that process! 

For starters, deciding which type of stencil to choose will depend entirely on how and how often you want to use it. There are advantages to each type of stencil- and hopefully this blog will help you decide works best for you and your unique crafting style. Before we decide which kind, let’s dive into why we love stencils to begin with! 

Why Stencils Are So Useful

Stencils make crafting doable for any and every skill level. Whether you are a professional painter or stenciling just for fun, a stencil can help you to take your design to the next level without the time and stress of free-handing. Stencils do the work for you by giving you a professional and consistent look every time! 

Stencils allow anyone to create a beautiful piece of decor- whether it is for your own home or a present for friends and family. We love seeing the crafts our clients create and are constantly amazed by the unlimited possibilities. Below, you can see an example of one of our stencils being used on a wooden board. Whether it is a simple single design or a patterned multi-stencil creation, the design possibilities are endless and beyond beautiful. 

farmer's market stencil

While it is often said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, we are strong believers that it is actually stencils! And trust us when we say that doesn’t just apply to girls- everyone loves stencils! If you don’t believe us that there is a stencil for everyone, take a look at our incredible selection. Pick a stencil and give it a try- we promise you won’t be disappointed! 

Reusable Stencil Material

As promised, we want to share with each of you wonderful readers what these “reusable” and “single-use” phrases actually mean. Reusable stencils are exactly what they sound like: stencils you can use over and over again. We here at WallCutz choose to create our stencils using a 10milimmeter mylar which is a reusable stencil material. Why, you might ask? Here are just a few of the advantages of reusable stencils and why they are our personal favorites! 

  • Cost-effective: Since you can use your reusable stencils as much as you want, you will easily get your money’s worth and then some. We can’t tell you how many times we made a project and loved it so much, we made more to share! And this way, you already have almost everything you need to do so.
  • Designed to last: Reusable stencil materials are much more durable than single-use stencils, meaning you can use them again and again with little risk of tearing. These stencils are designed to be easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store until you need to use it again.
  • Great for branding: If you own a business and have a logo or tagline you want to put up everywhere in your store, reusable stencil materials can make that happen. So whether you are branding or gifting, these stencils go a long way. 

One of our favorite examples of a classic reusable stencil is our Christmas tree collection. You can add some holiday festivity in a variety of ways each year with the same great stencils. Create a gift, decorate a stocking or make the perfect Christmas sweater- or do all three! That is the beauty of reusable stencils.

While we can go on and on about reusable stencils, the responsible stencilers in us must also admit that there some disadvantages to reusable stencils:

  • Less flexible: Since reusable stencil materials are built to last, they are not as flimsy or flexible as their single-use counterparts. For all of those creative surfaces we mentioned, you may have a harder time applying these stencils to the curved or uniquely shaped canvases. 
  • No adhesive back: If you have never used a single-use stencil, it is important to note they typically have an adhesive side so they can easily stick to the surface you’re working on. Reusable stencils do not have this sticky side and will need to be taped down or sprayed with adhesive. A little less convenient and leaves for some extra cleanup.

Single-Use Stencils

Now although we may be biased, we can also sing praises to single-use stencils. Let’s be honest- we love all stencils! These types of stencils are designed to only be used once, but give an excellent and clean design when you do use them. Here are a couple of the advantages and reasons that we love these kinds of stencils:

  • More versatile: As mentioned above, these single- use stencils have the flexibility that reusable stencils lack. They are more pliable and can be molded to perfectly fit where you need them. What you lose in reusability you gain in precision and versatility.
  • Adhesive back: If you are a fan of an easy peel off and stick technique, these are your winners! Thanks to its adhesive back, single-use stencils can easily be applied to any surface and maintain crisp lines on your designs without having to tape or spray down. 

Of course, the biggest drawback to single-use stencils is they can only be used once. At times, that may be all you need. If you have a unique design that will only need to be used once, single-use stencils are a great choice. Because its material is so thin, it is easy to break once you try to peel it off the surface you first applied it on- so remember with these, it is a one and done mentality. 

Find The Right Stencil For You! 

So to wrap up this blog, we will leave you with one last question- why even bother having two types of stencils? Some stencils are designed to work best with a certain medium or surface material, giving you options. Reusable and single-use stencils both have their own best use situations, and the variety makes the possibilities for stenciling projects infinite! 

While we have shared our pros and cons list, we encourage you to do your research and find exactly the right type of stencil for the project you have in mind. Given all the available stencils WallCutz offers, you’re bound to find a stencil that is perfect for your next design project. 

We love sharing our ideas with you- and love to hear from each of you in the comments about what you prefer on the topic we tackle! So tell us: are you a single-use 'stenciler' or a reusable kind of crafter? We are certain that no matter the answer, we have lots of stencils for you!

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  • Virginia Hansen - May 30, 2021
    I love the new spiritual stencils!
  • Sandy Bouch - May 22, 2021
    How do I know what size of stencil to purchase? For example like for a 5 foot long vertical board?
  • Nancy Townsend - May 18, 2021
    Wallcutz stencils are my absolute FAVORITE!!
  • Dianne - May 18, 2021
    I am new to stenciling. Just love doing it. Made noodle boards for Mothers day gifts for my kids. Love the way they turned. Thanks wallcutz
  • Deborah Langley - May 18, 2021
    I just love all of the stencils I have purchased from wallcutz. I love being able to get different sizes and the durability of the stencils and you always put a special free stencil and a very nice thank you note all of this makes you feel special. Appreciate you very much and God bless
  • Sue Jones Ware - May 18, 2021
    I Love your stencils. It is great to be able to get different sizes.
  • Danielle Barry - May 17, 2021
    I’ve purchased many stencils from Wallcutz as well as brushes…I am addicted to the quality…thank you for great products!!!!
  • Bobbie Bohr - May 17, 2021
    I have bought so many of these stencils!!! Love them all. Please pick me for the pizza board. I never win anything!!!!😭
  • marissa ann speicher - May 17, 2021
    in love with wallcuts stencils … great quality and so many terrific designs … just hard picking out which one to get next :)
  • Tonya Williams - May 17, 2021
    Recently starting stenciling and I’m hooked. I’ve never used single use stencils but I love the reusable ones.
  • Gina - May 17, 2021

    Yes!!! Stencils can be a life saver and a time saver! I’m still not finished collecting all the cool stencils from Wall it’s! Also looking forward to my custom stencil!

  • Judy Butler - May 17, 2021

    8 -year-old granddaughter and I are new to stenciling and loving it! Beach stencils next!

  • Lynn Warner - May 17, 2021

    I absolutely love your reusable stencils. I only wish you had tons more designs because I’m so impatient. Lol. You have the beat quality and cute designs! Thanks!!

  • Diane - May 17, 2021
    I really like the reusable stencils. I love gifting them. I am building up my repertoire of stencils to have to fit different occasions. I also love the flexibility of mixing parts is different stencils to make each project unique.
  • PAM CAMPBELL - May 16, 2021

    I am relatively new to stenciling. Before I saw you on Facebook I had tried a few different type stencils. The very thing adhesive backed stencils I decided would be a great fit for that odd shaped medium if I chose to stencil a piece with indentations or an uneven surface. My favorite, are your stencils!,, Reusable is not the only plus!!!!! Being able to pick words/decor from multiple stencils to make a special something gives the imagination the opportunity to run wild. I like to do the not so ordinary at times and piecing my project from different stencils is something I find myself doing a lot more of. The creative me finds such a unlimited way to make something beautiful for myself, friends, family and others find joy in what I have done to put a smile on their face. Eventually I may try and sell a few items, but for now I am just spreading my wings and stenciling. For me…… reusable stencils suit my insatiable need to create. ♥️♥️♥️

  • PAM CAMPBELL - May 16, 2021

    I am relatively new to stenciling. Before I saw you on Facebook I had tried a few different type stencils. The very thing adhesive backed stencils I decided would be a great fit for that odd shaped medium if I chose to stencil a piece with indentations or an uneven surface. My favorite, are your stencils!,, Reusable is not the only plus!!!!! Being able to pick words/decor from multiple stencils to make a special something gives the imagination the opportunity to run wild. I like to do the not so ordinary at times and piecing my project from different stencils is something I find myself doing a lot more of. The creative me finds such a unlimited way to make something beautiful for myself, friends, family and others find joy in what I have done to put a smile on their face. Eventually I may try and sell a few items, but for now I am just spreading my wings and stenciling. For me…… reusable stencils su8t my insatiable need to create. ♥️♥️♥️

  • Valerie Cavuoto - May 16, 2021
    I am a reusable gal. So many options with design if doing multiples. I am teaching my granddaughter how to stencil and she always says , “Nonna always says less is more”!!! Got to start them early … LOL Love your products!!!
  • Karen - May 16, 2021
    I love stenciling!!! I have used single use stencils and reusable stencils. I much prefer reusable!!! Reusable is more economical and in my opinion much easier to use.
  • Jeanne - May 16, 2021
    Love your stencils & only consider the reusable ones. I have a small fortune tied up in them, but not difficult to recoup their cost.
  • Sharon Varney - May 16, 2021
    Very helpful tips for someone new to the stenciling world. Thank you.
  • Kathy Lehr - May 16, 2021

    I just love this company. There customer service is the best as is the quality of there stencils. A great asset to anyone from beginner to pro stenciler. Thank you for such a wonderful product

  • Cindy Simmons - May 15, 2021

    Blog is informative as always. The single use stencil has given me pause for thought in designing. Hmmmm

  • Marcia Bergendahl - May 15, 2021
    Thank you for creating this blog. I am a stencil fanatic and have only been stenciling for 2 years. I love that you are now doing videos on different ways to use the stencils, layering and using the stencils in different ways, I am a fan of Wallcutz and love how you show pride in the product you create!
  • Debra Tillman - May 14, 2021
    Nice blog. Very informative especially to beginners and newbies. Love getting all the information and sharing from the wallcutz group. Keep up the good work.
  • Shirley Webber - May 14, 2021

    Love your blog. It was well written given information to all us stencil users. Just received my last order today. Great product !!

  • Deborah Howell - May 14, 2021
    I love the videos that are provided for all us . I’ve learned so much about technique and product! I have tried a few other products but nothing compares to yours! Keep up the good work!
  • Sue - May 14, 2021

    Enjoyed reading your informative blog. I have both kinds and enjoy using both. Just received some stencils from Wallcutz and love them!

  • AnneMarie Koehl - May 13, 2021
    Just love your stencils. I am very new to this, but have quickly found something I truly love to do. I made several Mother’s Day gifts for my family and did my first custom piece for someone a few weeks ago. I have spoken with Brook in customer service several times when I had questions about something. Spectacular customer service!!!

    I look forward to ordering many more stencils in the future. 😘😘😘

  • Jane Baxtet - May 13, 2021
    You guys are the best!! The single use stencils are great for etching on glass and I should add I didn’t know you sold them!! My bad! The reusable ones speak

    for themselves. Thanks for taking pride in how you run your business!

  • Evangeline Rodriguez - May 13, 2021

    Love your stencils! Recieved my first set and they are great a quality and value. I’m excited to try all my my new stencils!

  • Nell connell - May 13, 2021
    I love the pizza bowl and can’t wait too win!❤️❤️
  • Joan Titsch - May 13, 2021

    I wanted to let everyone know that I love Wallcutz. I love the designs you come up with and am getting the hang of ordering sizes. One suggestion would be to show a stencil on a specific size board/canvas as a reference. I use your multi use ones and they are of great quality. If you’re on the fence you won’t be disappointed.

  • Dawn Simmons - May 13, 2021
    Love using these stencils. They are so easy to work with. I love that they offer big sized stencils. I make noodle boards so I need the larger sized stencils.
  • Nancy Gay - May 13, 2021
    Wow! About 3 months ago I purchased my first stencil from you and my collection has grown considerably. I really enjoy making gifts to give and your stencils are so durable I have reused many. I continue to buy more ( it’s beginning to get out if hand) thank you for such great products.
  • Laura Buoni - May 13, 2021
    I am a long time stencil user and I’ve found WallCutz to be some of the best. I love the ability to mix and match and to add to my freehand painted things. I love the sharing that goes on in the FB group, so many fresh ideas. Keep up the good work WallCutz!
  • Chris Ann Kirkwood - May 13, 2021

    I am so happy I found WallCutz and their online FB group!! I’m a big fan of the reusable stencils and it’s very easy to mix-n-match creating your own designs. My favorite uses for stencils are customizing stools, benches, wood boxes, small tables and nightstands. You have to play around with the placement of your stencils, but the more you practice the easier it gets. The best advice I have learned from the WallCutz community is how easy it is to clean your stencils after each use using water and a magic eraser you can find at the dollar store. Happy stencilling everyone!!

  • Belia Peña - May 13, 2021

    I have yet to use any of my stencils.
    Sickness has kept me from “playing,” but i look forwstd to the day when i can begin to make crafts for our church bazaar.

    Thank you for the video tutoials. I’m learning so much from Jesse and Allie.

  • Judy L Mantle - May 12, 2021
    Love the reuseable stencils! You can take several stencils and use different parts of each stencil to make a totally new custom stencil! There’s so many pluses to using WallCutz Stencils! It’s so addictive when you get started. The stencils can be used over and over and I’ve never had any trouble with them. Their customer service is awesome too! There’s always a nice surprise in your order! You won’t be disappointed….
  • Laura - May 12, 2021
    Loving all the stencils but reusable are the best.
  • Nickie Gage - May 12, 2021
    I have yet to try a single use stencil but I’m not against it! Just haven’t had a reason to buy the single use! Looking forward to buying more!!!
  • Gail Hansard - May 12, 2021
    Can’t get enough!!! Love them all!!!!!
  • Cathy Latta - May 12, 2021
    Omg I’m so embarrassed! Everything I said about Essential Stencil applies to Wallcutz!! I’ve used them for custom stencils too and always very good quality and customer service!!
  • Lisa - May 12, 2021
    Love the stencils and all the inspiration this group shares. I think I am now addicted. Such great product. I have used the reusable stencils and they are holding up great. Highly recommend
  • Penny Leis - May 12, 2021
    I love their quality stencils. Will be ordering more
  • Jennifer Fahs - May 12, 2021
    I have experimented with a lot of different stencils & Wallcutz is by far my favorite. The quality can’t be beat. Easy to use, very little to no bleeding, not flimsy, & easy to wash .. convenience all around. & I’m loving the blog
  • Donna Kannel - May 12, 2021
    Love all the stencil and also I had some made for me . I never liked stenciling before but this forum is very helpful. Being disabled it gives me the opportunity to relax and feel productive. I have only sold one but I’m hoping to do a craft sale at my home soon. Thanks everyone for your support.
  • SHARON MILLS - May 12, 2021
    I love these stencils and the variety they offer as well as well as the unique designs that are available. Like the ideas and support that is available from the company and all the people within this group.
  • Dawne Smith - May 12, 2021

    I participated in a “Board and Brush” project where you pick the design you want to do and they supply everything else needed to complete the project for a reasonable cost. That was my first experience with a single use stencil and although I loved the experience I think I prefer the reusable stencils due to the versatility. Although I am definitely a newcomer to the stenciling world, Wallcutz and the Wallcutz community have given me so many fresh and innovative ideas for endless future projects. So looking forward to filling up my craft room with stencils! Wintertime and rainy days won’t be dull any longer!

  • Vicki Reece - May 12, 2021
    Love this company best stencils I have ever used.I stencil every day thanks for the freebies so exciting to see what’s in our package.
  • Kathy L Lehr - May 12, 2021
    WallCutz has expanded my small business so much. Being able to order a design in different sizes is a game changer! They are my go to company for special orders. They quality is great, customer service is excellent.

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