Consider using flower stencil and garden theme stencils to add art to your floors! Don't miss the free stencil at the bottom of this page.
When you think about stencils, the first image that comes to mind might be paintings on the wall. But why not consider painting stencils for your floor? It’s the perfect place to add color plus you’ll love having art under your feet.
Maybe you have an old rug that needs help finding a new groove or maybe you have a blank floor space that could use a beautiful rug. Also, it’s a great way to add more of your personality to your home.
Remember, rugs define spaces. Create an artful rug to join two chairs and a table in one corner of a large living area to make a quiet reading spot.
The rug used in this project was purchased at a Thrift Store (which is one of my favorite craft stores – plenty of ideas and raw materials). It had a couple of stains on it but no matter because the paint will cover them up, right? I brought it home and washed it very good in the washing machine. Since it started out white I used a little bleach.
You want a rug that has very little texture or nap. Smooth will allow the stencils to get close to the surface and make clean lines with the paint. Straw rugs are a good option too.
I started by blotting on light blue paint on the top section of the rug and a tan paint on the bottom half to create the sky and garden background. I covered the whole rug so that any areas I wanted to peek out from behind any garden resident would still have color. Also, the paint helped to smooth out my surface and helped the stencil process along.
It took a lot of paint because the cloth of the rug was soaking it up but I used the large bottles of craft paint that were inexpensive (the ones I don’t recommend with stencils because they are too thin and seep under the stencil). Let this layer of paint dry well (it may take some time). Oh yeah! Make sure you spread something under the rug before painting because the paint will seep through and stain the surface underneath.
Then the garden and each individual flower stencil was painted on. You may want to take a few moments to plan where each stencil will be place.
For this project I actually framed the sides with the stencil stone wall and the bottom with the stone path. Then I just blotted on several different colors of green paint in the center to create the garden background. Don’t be scared of this part because it really was just that – blotting paint with a large brush in that area. It’s just a background and doesn’t need to be anything special because it’ll be covered up with the stenciled images. Use several different colors of green, maybe a brown and even a couple of yellows.
After that I just started placing stencils randomly around until I had a garden. I used many different flower stencil patterns with some bugs (like butterfly stencils and a bee stencil) and even a fountain.
Here’s a close up view of the painting near the fountain. You may notice that around the stone path and garden wall stencil I blotted on a little green for some moss. Also, when all the stencils are in place if you want to add a little more color sprinkle in some areas of colors like yellow and purple for casual patches of color. Again, don’t fret this part because it’s just dabbing a brush with some color in patches left open between your stenciled images.
You can use any stencil for this project, but if you like this one you can find it in the Wine and Spirits Book of Stencils in the right column at the bottom. It's a downloadable book the includes all of thes flower stencils and garden stencils featured here (the fountain, stone wall and stone path too).
You’ll have fun creating and showing off this flower stencil garden rug. This project should get you thinking about all of the possibilities for designing art for your home. I hope you are inspired to create some great works of art with stencils!
I promised you a free stencil and here it is. Just in case you were looking for a quick flower stencil I sketched out this tropical hibiscus stencil just for you. Enjoy!