Stencil painting is all the rage these days—it’s fun, it’s creative, it’s inexpensive, and it’s as simple or complex as you want it to be. A great DIY project to start with is this simple concrete planter from Modern Stencils by Nicolette Tabram. Perfect for outdoor plants and countertop herbs, this versatile pot is sure to become a favorite décor piece.
By Nicolette Tabram
The simple lines of this concrete planter work beautifully with an ornate, Indian-inspired motif stencil. There’s something particularly satisfying about stenciling onto concrete, because the smooth surface is perfect for achieving a crisp, clean stenciled image.
If using a template for the stencil, cut and prepare it according to the instructions. If using a purchased stencil, there’s no cutting or preparation needed.
Lightly coat the back of the stencil with spray adhesive, and place the stencil roughly in the center of the planter. Or, if preferred, tape it in position with low tack tape.
Hold the tape measure across the width of the planter, and, if necessary, adjust the position of the stencil so it’s as close to centered as possible.
Dip the tip of the stencil brush into the paint, and remove as much paint as possible on the side of the paint bottle. Using small circular movements, apply the paint through the holes in the stencil.
NOTE: It’s particularly important to have very little paint on the stencil brush when stenciling onto hard surfaces.
Gently lift the stencil and carefully reposition it on the left side, so the tips of the outer flower are almost touching the same flower on the first motif. Apply paint to the stencil as before. Repeat on the right side.
Allow to dry completely.
This project was printed with permission from Modern Stencils by Nicolette Tabram, published by CICO Books, an imprint of Ryland Peters & Small Ltd.
The book is available online at www.Amazon.com, as well as in various bookstores nationwide.
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*A template for the stencil used in this project is included in the book, along with instructions for cutting and preparing it for use. Any stencil will work, though.