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The Stenciled Garden – Outdoor Art Projects


With summer in the air, it’s time to take the party outdoors and spend some time sprucing up our exterior surroundings! Why not try stenciling to add easy flair to your outdoor decorating efforts? It’s SO easy to add charm to your backyard and garden by incorporating stenciled patterns and color and we’re here to inspire you! All it takes is looking at everyday objects with a new design view so let’s put on our gloves and get our creative groove on with Royal Design Studio stencils and paint!


Things often get lost in drawers but in a garden, they jump out naturally! Instead of throwing away old and worn furniture, add interest to your garden by transforming their components with very little work or money. Queen B and Me did just that when creating stenciled planter drawers with the Indian Paisley Wall Stencil. You could easily stencil these with Chalk Paint® decorative paints, too, as the paint is durable in exterior conditions without any top coating!


You can decorate an old shed exterior that could be an eyesore with a pretty stenciled panel. Paint, stencil and add architectural interest to outdoor art by using canvas, fabric, wood, curtain blinds, a repurposed table runner or anything you’d can envision as a panel surface. This garden artwork seems right at home hung on a weathered wood door! We used the Pescado Panel Stencil from the Hearst Castle Stencil Collection and the Royal Stencil Creme Paints to give this exterior a bit of old world rustic glamour. The birds and fish within the stencil are right at home in your garden!


Make a statement with uncommon materials in your garden! Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl used a metal ice bucket (!!!) to create a fun and playful stenciled garden planter. It would definitely add a welcome conversation piece to your next garden party. Be sure to see the step-by-step instructions for the stenciled outdoor planter using the Chez Sheik Furniture Stencil from the perfectly sized Furniture Stencils & Supplies Collection.


Nestling a stenciled mirror between your plants and flowers adds a beautiful, optical illusion that creates depth in your garden. Your outdoor space and foliage seems to double in a lovely way! Chalk Paint® decorative paint and the Serenity Damask Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencil Collection was used by Shabby Chic Addiction to create this stenciled garden mirror.


A stenciled mat to rest your wellies on after a day of gardening makes for both a pretty and practical project. Plus, the colors and patterns can help revitalize your garden path! Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl does double-duty with the Chez Sheik Furniture Stencil by using it to stencil an outdoor mat as well. That’s one of the beauties of stenciling – you can use the stencils over and over again!

Gardens don’t have to be serious OR boring — you can show your fun side with simple stenciled decorations that will please both your senses and those of your guests, especially during special events such as parties and garden walks. We hope you’ve enjoyed these unexpected stenciled surprises that will help YOUR garden landscaping stand out!

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