Paint a bee stencil on a garden planter and invite an air of whimsy to your garden.
As a crafter you most likely have many interests. Perhaps one of your interests is creative stenciling while another is gardening. Have you ever thought about lending some of your creative stenciling techniques to your garden? It’s a great way to spruce up a planter.
Here’s what I did with an old strawberry pot. I know once you read this you’ll have many other ideas.
I decided to adorn this old strawberry pot with a small bee stencil. I was looking for something that would make a subtle surprise in my peaceful herb garden and he was a perfect match.
The biggest challenge of painting on a planter is that they are usually round so taping or securing your stencil in place becomes a little more difficult than on a flat surface. Remember it’s important that your stencil hugs the planter as closely as possible so that paint cannot creep under and smear your painted image. Also, the bee stencil should stay in place.
Working with a paper stencil or a very flexible material like vellum or Mylar, the stencil will fold easily over the curve but some of the stencil outlines (or islands) will stick up. Here is where the stippling technique is essential. You need to use your stenciling tool (brush or sponge) to come down right over the edges of the stencil and gently push them to the surface of your pot. It’s an easy straight up and down motion. And as always make sure your brush is on the dry side. Too much paint will seep under the edge of the stencil and smear.
To learn more about basic stenciling techniques visit How To Stencil. There you’ll find out more about the stippling technique and ways to keep paint from smearing under the stencil.
If you’re working with a thick plastic stencil you’ll have more trouble getting it to hug around the curve of the pot. You might want to try to increase the tape or use a heavier tape. It may even be a good idea to try and hold it tight with one hand while you paint with the other. Just be very careful because pots do break.
Also, make sure that your pot is very clean and free of dirt of course. You can imagine what will happen if you paint over smudged dirt – the paint won’t last long!
Actually, I painted this pot with the plants still in it. I loved the pot and these chives had been growing so beautifully for a long time. So, I thoroughly cleaned the spot where I planned to paint the stencil.
Here is a close up of the bee stencil. As you can see, he’s just a little bee that has settled on the pot.
You can use any bug stencil for this project, but if you like this bee stencil you can find it in the Secret Garden Book of Stencils as a download (look in the left colomn) so you can get your project started now or if you don’t mind waiting on the mail man to deliver a book in print go to our Stencil Pattern Books in Print.
You’ll have fun creating and showing off this flower pot with the bee stencil. You may get so enthused by the idea that you'll find yourself out buying more pots!