Joy St. Germain : Raised Stencil Terra-Cotta Flower Pots
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How to Make Raised Stencil Terra-Cotta Flower Pots
By Joy St. Germain
Adding a raised stencil is a creative way to jazz up an otherwise plain flower pot. Terra-cotta flower pots are great for stenciling because they're porous and absorb paint like a sponge. You can use a variety of different acrylic paints, sponges and stencils for your own personalized effect.
How to apply a raised stencil to a flower pot
Terra-cotta flower pots are fun to paint. They come in a variety of different sizes and are fairly inexpensive. You can buy them at craft or home improvement stores. I've even been lucky enough to find them at yard sales. It seems like everyone has a few hiding in their garage. Just giving them a coat of new paint is an easy way to brighten an otherwise boring flower pot.
Terra-cotta (clay) is porous and must be sealed inside and out. Otherwise the water will seep in and the paint will start flaking. Choose a flower pot that's large enough to display the raised stencil. The stencil needs to lay as flat as possible, though it will curve somewhat. Also choosing a simple stencil without a lot of detail works better. It allows the stencil paste to cover and fill the entire stencil without leaving gaps.
I tried a couple different types of paint and sealer for this project. Here's what worked:
Tools & Supplies Used
Using Basics acrylics, sponge paint terra-cotta flower pot. Don't forget to paint the inside and bottom.
Cut stencil from sheet & tape to flower pot. Make sure that the stencil lays flat.
Smooth Stencil Paste over stencil.
Remove all the tape except for a small piece at the top. Slowly lift the stencil from the bottom.
Let the stencil dry at least 24 hours before painting.
Basics acrylics blue, orange and black.
Step 6 & Sample Color Combinations
Place the stencil back over the raised stencil before painting.
Pansy purple and spring green patio paint.
Patio paint is waterproof and easily cleans up with soap and water.
However, you'll need to seal your raised stencil.
Fushia, yellow and black patio paint.
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Joy St. Germain started The Wildwood Cottage out of her love for art, stenciling and crafts. She's a hands on "Do It Yourselfer" that enjoys creating new and unique crafts. More »