What You Need
- Vine and flower patterns (link below)
- Stencil plastic
- Fine-tip marker
- Crafts knife
- Self-healing mat
- Painter's tape
- 1 quart each of light green, dark green, light pink, medium pink, and dark pink interior latex paints
- Stencil pouncer
- Clear polyurethane and brush
Project Note: If you don't want to paint your wood floors, you can also apply the stencil to a vinyl mat or floorcloth.
Enlarge the designs to desired size (as shown, the largest vine piece is 16 inches). Trace the designs onto stencil plastic using a marker. Label the thick vine stencils "light green" and the thin vine stencils "dark green." Cut out each vine with a crafts knife on a self-healing mat. Create the borders for your stenciled mat with a straightedge and painter's tape. For the finished design to look organic and borderless, as shown here, mark the perimeter with tape dashes.
Lay out the design on your floor. This pattern works best when stencils are laid at random. Begin by placing the light green vine stencils; fill in the area evenly yet randomly. Use a flat stencil pouncer to apply paint. The vines may intersect. Add leaves where desired. Stop stenciling when you are happy with the coverage. Next, stencil the dark green vines over the top of the light green, overlapping and stenciling until you like the pattern. Add leaves.
Add the flowers in three sizes and three colors (we used shades of pink). Don't be afraid to layer sizes and colors.
When the paint is dry, seal the floor with two coats of polyurethane.