Simply Stenciled Flower Pots

By  Cindy Groom-Harry and the CMC staff 

Brighten a windowsill with these charming stencilled dragonfly and butterfly clay pots!

  • Stenciled Garden Pots


  • Clay pots: 1”, 1-1/2”, 2”, 2-1/2”, 3”
  • White cardstock
  • Americana Acrylic Paints: Olive Green, Pineapple (DecoArt)
  • Dazzling Metallics Paints: Purple Pearl, Green Pearl (DecoArt)
  • Iridescent flat glass marbles: green, clear
  • Permanent Colored Wire, 18-gauge: Silver Blue, 13” length; Christmas Green, 12” length; Orchid, 13” length (Artistic Wire)


  • White Nylon Shader Brush, Series 796, #6 (Loew-Cornell)
  • Blue Laser Stencil: Dragonfly Frame (BLF-004) (American Traditional Stencils)
  • Stencil Brushes (American Traditional Stencils)
  • Ultimate Glue Gun and Professional Quality Glue Sticks (Adhesive Tech™)
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • 1. Basecoat: 1", 2", and 3" pots Olive Green; 1-1/2" and 2-1/2" pots Pineapple.
  • 2. Using photo as guide, stencil pots as follows: 3" pot: Dragonfly's body; Purple Pearl and wings; Green Pearl; butterfly's body; Green Pearl and wings; Ice Blue. 2-1/2" pot: Three-winged dragonfly's body; Ice Blue and wings; Purple Pearl. 2" pot: Butterfly's body; Purple Pearl and wings; Green Pearl. 1-1/2" pot: Two-winged dragonfly's body; Green Pearl and wings; Ice Blue. 1" pot: Butterfly's body; Ice Blue and wings; Purple Pearl.
  • 3. Stencil dragonflies and butterflies on card stock, reversing colors for bodies and wings from colors used on clay pots. Cut out dragonflies and butterflies, leaving thin borders.
  • 4. Cut wire as follows: 4" and 9" lengths from purple (for 1" and 3" pots), 5" and 8" lengths from blue (for 1-1/2" and 2-1/2" pots), and two 6" lengths from green (for 2" and 3" pots). Bend wire as shown and use pliers to form loop at one end and spiral at other end.
  • 5. Glue dragonflies and butterflies to corresponding wire lengths below spiral.
  • 6. Fill pots with marbles; insert pokes.