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Stenciled Concrete Block Planters

July 9, 2014

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Stenciled Concrete Block Planters
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Spring is in full swing and as we get ready for summer, our garden is coming alive. Besides planting the usual tomatoes, chives and various herbs, it’s always nice to add some color with some pretty flowers. My all time favorite flower is the Gerber daisy, and I love how these upcycled concrete block planters turned out. And best of all, they were so easy and inexpensive to make!

Items needed:

  • Patio Paint 2oz - Orange Poppy
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Desert Turquoise
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Citrus Green
  • Americana Stencils 12x12 - Angular Motion
  • Water basin
  • Sponge brush
  • Painter's tape
  • Concrete block


I picked out four bright contrasting Patio paint colors and grabbed my geometrically designed stencil. The square block design is the perfect size to embellish the side of a standard size concrete block.

First step is to secure your stencil down on one side of the concrete block with painter’s tape. Then, while carefully holding your stencil in place with one hand, use your other hand to apply the Patio paint onto the brick. I used an up-and-down pouncing motion to apply the paint to help alleviate any bleed through from the stencil.

Instruction #1 - Concrete Planters Step 4B33
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Then carefully remove the stencil and clean it off under running water and paper towel. Dry it off with more paper towels before reusing.

Instruction #2 - Concrete Planters Step 5
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You can then move onto stenciling the other sides. Just make sure the wet side of your concrete block is not on the bottom of your surface so as not to smudge the paint.

I repeated the process above until all four sides of my blocks were painted.

Instruction #3 - Concrete Block planter tutorial
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I love how the concrete block has a rustic feel, but the bright graphic stenciled sides give it a cool modern look!

Instruction #4 - Concrete Planter Craft
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Did you put anything under the block to keep The dirt in?


October 19, 2014

HI Emily, Thanks for the great question. I did not put anything on the bottom to block the dirt, but I also keep my planters outside where they can drain into the ground. I packed the dirt on the bottom so that it wouldn't fall out. If you do keep these planters inside, you may want to put something on the bottom like a plastic tray to keep the water from draining on your surface. Hope that helps! Pauline

Pauline Molinari

October 20, 2014

very creative thanks for the great idea!!!


April 19, 2015

i love this and plan on using the idea but am very curious about how the type of paint you used held up to being outside. I don't want to spend a lot of money on paint but want to have a lot of color choices so the type you used seems great. But I was the designs to last multiple Twxas summers. I'd love some feedback! Thank you


April 29, 2015

I made a three teir herb garden with concrete blocks. I gorilla-glued screening to the bottom to keep the dirt from spilling all over and it lets the water drain through. I don't move the blocks around but I feel better having something covering the bottom a little bit. Now I want to paint them.


May 31, 2015

I was also wondering about the issue of the soil out the bottom. What I do with all my draining planters is put a coffee filter(shake the grounds to reuse them or use new&dry) it helps keep he dirt from draining out.


June 15, 2015

Where did u find the geometric stencils??


July 13, 2015

Love it

Tammy Goodman

May 19, 2016

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