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Create a Custom Succulent Pot Using a Stencil

I get it. You want a pot for your succulents that's clean and unique. I wanted the same thing. It's why I did this project. Simply put, I was in the succulent mood. Succulents were consuming my every thought. Everywhere I looked, I saw smooth, round, green shapes. I couldn't think of ANYTHING else.

And that's when it happened. I realized the perfect design to stencil onto my blank succulent-pot-canvas was... a SUCCULENT.

Here's how you can do it, too:

Select a pot.

Mainly, I was focused on an easily paintable surface for this project. I had small paint samples from The Home Depot, nothing special or particularly durable. Color coordination and size weren't considerations for me, although they may be for you.

I decided upon a simple terra cotta pot.

Select a stencil design.

We have a wide variety of ready-made stencil designs, as well as the ability to create custom stencils out of any image or file. You could also cut your own stencil by hand, but I don't recommend that. Therefore, stencil options are only limited by your imagination. Like I mentioned, I had succulents on the brain, so I designed a new succulent stencil and decided to use it for this project.

Apply the stencil to the pot.

I used an adhesive stencil, but across all types of stencils, the goal is constant: ensure your stencil is held down as tightly as possible against your painting surface. You can use stencil adhesive spray to assist with this, as well as painter's tape. Sometimes, you can simply hold down the stencil with your hand.

Select paint.

I was working with paint I already had, so here are some paint selection criteria if you're starting from scratch. Will your pot be primarily outdoor or indoor? Will it be placed in a shady or sunny location? What type of material is your pot made of? How much surface area does your stencil need to cover? These considerations will allow to you make the right selection for your particular DIY succulent pot project.

Paint the stencil lightly, with a small brush.

Using a small paint brush allows you to carefully meter the supply of paint that reaches the pot and stencil surface. Too much paint can run under the stencil and cause bleeding that reduces the quality of your stencil design. If you look closely at the pot below, you can see a bit of bleed, but for the most part, the paint is neat and even.

Paint Bleeding Under Stencil

Remove the stencil.

We saved the best for last. There's nothing more satisfying than executing a clean stencil removal. Take it slow and steady to reveal your succulent pot's new look.

If you're looking for a custom stencil you can't find anywhere online, whether it's your business's logo, a picture of your grandma's new boyfriend, or a chicken-eating cheeseburger (a real request), we're here to help create what you're looking for. Check out our custom stencil page or request a quote

We also have a variety of succulent stencil designs in stock, if you're interested in taking your DIY succulent love to the next level.


  • Posted by Dennis on

    what kind of paper did you use?

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