I’ve wanted to try my hand at container gardening for a long time. Not a huge commitment, just a few plants and veggies to see if I can care for them responsibly. However, the plain terra cotta pots were a bit bland for my spring patio, so I decided to brighten them up with paint and stencils. I played with various elements of the same stencil pattern to get three unique designs on my pots and absolutely love how they turned out. Let’s take a look!
- Royal Design Studio Stencil: Endless Moorish Circles Stencil in wall size and furniture size
- Royal Design Studio Stencil Brushes: ½ inch and 5/8 inch
- 3 terra cotta pots in large, medium and small sizes
- weather resistant craft paint in white, turquoise, coral and grey
- clean paper towel
- medium grit sand paper
Begin with clean terra cotta pots free of any dust or dirt. Paint all three pots in your favorite color combinations. I went with painting:
- a white pot with coral rim
- a turquoise pot with white rim
- a white pot with turquoise rim
Distress the pots with the sandpaper to your liking.
Plan design layout
Plan the layout of the stencil on the pots. Part of the fun with this project is to use different design elements of the same stencil in different ways to get unique patterns for each pot.
Begin by stenciling an overall pattern of the Endless Moorish Circles Stencil for the smallest pot. Depending on the size and shape of your pot, you might have to make some pattern adjustment. To finish off at the rim, simply turn the stencil at a 45-degree angle and stencil a vertical row of the ellipse pattern below the rim of the pot.
For a different look on the medium size pot, turn the Endless Moorish Circles Furniture Stencil at 45 degrees to stencil random flower shapes. For variation, straighten the stencil and overlap it on some of the four-petal flowers to create eight-petal flowers. You can also create interest by layering the grey flowers with some white paint.
A bigger version of the Endless Moorish Circles Wall Stencil fit nicely on the large pot. Begin by stenciling four-petal flowers as shown previously – I was able to fit four flowers on this pot. Next, use the furniture size stencil to add circular design elements on either side of the big flowers.
Now that we’ve decided on a design layout for the Patio Planters, it’s time to move on to some stenciling tips.
- You can hold the stencil in place either with your hand or using painter’s tape.
- Dip only the tip of the stencil brush in paint and off-load any extra paint onto a paper towel.
- Stencil in swirling motion with a dry brush.
- Layer up your paint with two different colors to add depth to your stencil pattern.
- It helps to tape off areas of the stencil that you don’t want to stencil.
- Let the paint dry thoroughly.
Here are a few more tips for stenciling planters that you may find handy:
- Paint the inside of the rims for an extra boost of color.
- Be creative with stencils and use elements of a design across a few items for a coordinated sophisticated look.
- Use large and small stencils of the same pattern for variation.
- Flat surfaces work best for stenciling.
- Keep in mind the base of a round planter is much smaller in diameter than the top when choosing a stencil pattern.
- Water or weather resistant paints are a good choice for outdoor planters.
I am in love with the combination of soft grey with coral and turquoise colors that are in style this season. Right now, my biggest challenge is not how to keep my plants alive, but where to put these lovely pots to do them justice!