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Bee Stencil

Paint a bee stencil on a garden planter and invite an air of whimsy to your garden.

 

Bee Stencil on Strawberry PotAs 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.

Bee Stencil on PlanterHere 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!

Happy Stenciling,

Penny

 

 

We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils (click here for more). Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

If you'd rather get your Stencil Books in Print, just click the blue button below each book.

Fleur de lis Stencils

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

This purchase is of a PDF file which has 63 pages.
Price: $9.95

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Oriental Stencils

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 40 pages.
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Antique Door Stencils

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 25 pages.
Price: $9.95

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Princess Stencils

For a Princess

This collection includes 7 designs- Royal Carriage, Knight in Shining Armor, Castle, Dragon, Sceptre, Tiara and Pillow plus the word "Princess."

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Zoo Babies Stencisl

Zoo Babies: Stencils for a Nursery

This collection includes 7 animal stencils - an Elephant, a Giraffe, a Hippo, a Lion, a Monkey, a Tiger and a Zebra.

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Secret Garden Stencils

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 51 pages.
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