- Step 1: Preparation
Thoroughly wash and dry the flower pot being careful to remove
all grease and dirt form the outside surface.
For the stencil, cut a rectangle of freezer wrap sized to fit
your pot and the design you want to stencil. A rectangle about 3" by
will work for most small pots.
- Step 2: Make Stencil
Fold the rectangle in half with the shiny side of the freezer
wrap on the inside. Draw half of a heart or flower shape along the
fold. Other shapes that work well are leaves, stars and butterflies.
Cut on the line you have drawn to cut away the center of the
rectangle. Carefully unfold the remaining paper and flatten the
crease with your fingers.
Tip: You can also download and print Aunt
Simple Stencils pattern. Cut out the design(s)
you want to use, place along the folded edge of the freezer paper
and trace the outline with a pencil.
Tip: An easy way to make a stencil is with a
paper punch. For a border, cut a 2" wide strip of freezer wrap
with enough length to go around the pot or the pot's rim. Evenly
space punches along the strip with a paper punch.
- Step 3: Adhere Stencil to Pot
Spray the back of the stencil with spray adhesive, following the
product's instructions for a repositionable or temporary hold. Place
the stencil on the flower pot, shiny side towards you. Rub your
fingers along the stencil edges to ensure a good seal.
Tip: You may want to tack the corners with
masking tape for a more secure hold.
- Step 4: Apply Paint
Squeeze a small amount of paint onto the lid paint palette. Dip
the stencil brush in the paint and dab it on a paper towel to remove
excess paint. It is important to load the brush with very
little paint—the brush should almost be dry! (A damp
cosmetic sponge may be used in place of the brush.)
Use an up and down dabbing motion to apply the paint to the
stencil. Be sure to cover the entire cutout area of the stencil with
paint. Carefully remove the stencil to avoid smudging the paint
When the paint is dry, you may apply the stencil again to repeat
the design on other parts of the pot. You may need to clean the
stencil with a paper towel between each use.
Tip: If at any point you don't like the results,
use a damp paper towel to wipe the paint off. Even dry paint
can be removed with vigorous rubbing.
Tip: If paint bleeds around the edges, either
too much paint was used or the stencil wasn't firmly adhered to the
- Step 5: Varnish or Seal
Allow the stenciled design to dry thoroughly. For
durability, apply varnish or sealer all over the outside surface.
You can use a craft varnish like Aleene's Satin Varnish, a
polyurethane varnish, or an acrylic spray sealer.
That's it! Enjoy your decorated pot!