If you’ve ever wondered how to add a flower pot stencil, it’s easier than you imagine. This guide shows how to apply a flower pot stencil with plaster of paris to add a personal touch to your garden decor or create unique gifts for green thumbs.
1. Gather your supplies
- Terracotta flower pot
- Plaster of paris
- Spray paint in your preferred colors
- Clear wax
- Paintbrush or sponge
- Protective gloves
- Painter’s tape
- Clean cloth
2. Prepare your workspace
Choose a well-ventilated area to work in and lay out all your materials. Don’t forget to wear protective gloves, especially when handling the plaster of paris and spray paint.
3. Apply the stencil with plaster of paris
Place the stencil onto the pot and use painter’s tape to secure its position. Next, prepare the plaster of paris by following the packaging instructions, and apply it over the stencil. Ensure the plaster is evenly spread for best results. Leave it to dry overnight to allow the stencil to be imprinted correctly.
4. Spray-paint the pot
The next day, place the pot upside down in a box to protect the surrounding area from paint spills. Spray-paint the pot to create a base color, ensuring you coat all areas. Let it dry overnight before proceeding to the next step.
5. Add color variations (optional)
If you’re satisfied with the current color, you can skip this step. Otherwise, you can add depth to your stenciled terracotta pot by painting it with more colors.
Choose one or more complementary colors to the base color and dab these onto the pot using a sponge or paintbrush. Allow these colors to dry completely.
6. Create a weathered look (optional)
For a more rustic or weathered look, lightly sand areas of the pot. Once you finish, let the pot rest for a while.
7. Seal with wax
To protect your pot’s new design from the elements, apply a clear wax using a clean cloth or a paintbrush. Besides enhancing the color, it gives the pot a nice finish.
Check out a video for stenciling terracotta pots to learn more about this process.