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How to Make a DIY Stenciled Plant Pot

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Gather Supplies
Stencils, markers, a plant pot and other supplies gathered on a table.

To get started, you’ll need just a few tools, like stencils, paint markers and a white ceramic planter (it’ll be your canvas). 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • Botanical stencil
  • White ceramic planter
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil
  • Paint marker
Cut Out Stencils
Botanical stencils being cut out with scissors.

Use scissors to cut out your favorite stencil design. We chose a pretty botanical stencil, but you can switch up the design however you like – try different shapes, patterns or even monogrammed letters. 

If using the botanical stencil shown in the video, here's how to cut:

  • Position the stencil so that the stem of the branch comes from the top of the planter and the tip of the last leaf extends towards the right, about 3 inches down from the top. 
  • Cut out the top left stencil from the sheet. 
  • Place the stem of this second stencil on top of the other stem outline. 
  • Position the rest of the stencil where it extends below the first branch and only overlaps slightly by the stems but doesn’t overlap at all by the opposite ends. 
Secure Stencil to Pot
Painter's tape is used to secure stencils to a plant pot.

Use painter’s tape to secure the stencil into position. This will make it easier to trace. 

A person traces stencils onto a plant pot.

Use a pencil to trace the outline of the leaves and stem, or the design of your choice.

Add Color to Design
A gold marker is used to color in the stenciled pattern.
  • Now, bring in some color with paint pens or markers. 
  • Use the paint marker to cover the pencil marks, fill in the leaves and complete the stencil gaps. 
  • Let dry for 2 hours.
Add Plant and Gift
A finished stenciled plant pot complete with a plant sits on a shelf.

You can place this gift in the mail all on its own (just make sure it’s safe and snug in bubble wrap) or drop it off with a live houseplant on your giftee’s doorstep. After you see this work of art, you may want to make a few for your own home as well. 

Learn how to make a DIY stenciled pot to gift to the plant lover in your life for Mother's Day, Christmas or as a thoughtful surprise. The Home Depot is your DIY headquarters. Looking for a product to complete your project? We have options to deliver online orders when and where you need them.