Enliven ordinary clay pots with these nostalgic stencil seed-packet designs. Indoors or out, your vegetable garden never looked so appealing. Our simple step-by-step instructions will help you complete this delightful stencil project.
Skill level: Intermediate
Time needed: Two hours per pot
Stencil Design: Download the Seed-Packet Pots Stencil Design as a PDF.
Step One: Cut a 4x3-inch rectangle out of heavyweight paper. This will be your template for the blank seed packet.
Step Two: Center this paper rectangle vertically on the clay pot, and trace around it with a pencil. Remove the paper. Affix low-adhesive tape around the outer edges of the penciled rectangle, leaving a 4x3-inch open space.
Step Three: Using a one-inch stencil brush, base-coat the rectangle White. Let dry. Repeat.
Step Four: With the tape still in place, pounce Ivory around the edge of the rectangle with a one-inch brush. Fade this color into the center, leaving the center area white. Let dry.
Step Five: Stencil each seed packet as follows, using a 3/8-inch brush unless otherwise indicated.
Tomato: Position and tape down the large tomato stencil. Stencil the tomato Adobe with a 5/8-inch brush, concentrating the color on the edges and leaving the center light. Shade around the edges with Tomato Spice. Fill in the lettering with Raw Umber. Position and tape down the tomato overlay. Stencil the leaves Hauser Medium Green, and shade with Hauser Dark Green.
Carrot: Position and tape down the carrot stencil. Base-coat the carrot Poppy Orange. Shade around the edges with Hauser Dark Green. Stencil the leaf Hauser Dark Green. Stencil the letters Raw Umber. Position and tape down the carrot overlay. Base-coat the leaves Hauser Medium Green, and shade with Hauser Dark Green. Stencil the carrot's detail lines Hauser Dark Green.
Radish: Position and tape down the radish stencil. Base-coat the radish Bright Pink. Shade around the edges with Tomato Spice, fading into the center and leaving a highlight. Stencil the leaves Hauser Medium Green.
Position and tape down the radish overlay. Stencil the leaf detail Hauser Dark Green and the letters Raw Umber.
Step Six: At each corner of the seed packet, measure in 5/8-inch both horizontally and vertically along the taped edges. Make a pencil mark on the tape (not on the pot itself) at these measurements.
Connect the pencil marks at each corner with a piece of tape placed toward the inside of the seed packet. Stencil these taped-off areas Hauser Medium Green, and add shading around the edges of the triangles with Hauser Dark Green. Let dry, then remove the diagonal pieces of tape.
Step Seven: Shade around the edges of the entire seed packet in Dark Burnt Umber with a one-inch brush. Let dry. Carefully remove the tape from the pot.
Step Eight: Center the border stencil vertically on the rim of the pot. Tape in place. Stencil the leaves Hauser Medium Green, and shade with Hauser Dark Green. Use a 5/8-inch brush to stencil the border flowers: On the carrot pot, use Poppy Orange; on the tomato and radish pots, use Tomato Spice. Repeat around the rim.
This versatile stencil design offers endless possibilities for your seed-packet pot project -- and other projects in and out of the garden. Check out these stencil design variations for inspiration:
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