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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
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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. 
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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. 


4
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.

5
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.
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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.