Stenciled Backyard Pavers

Brighten Up Outdoor Patio Pavers with a Little Paint

Stenciled backyard pavers are one way to freshen up a patio area quickly. This is what Dave and I did - we stenciled some pavers - to tidy up the area where we store our firewood. It's a mini-patio of sorts.

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stenciling pavers for a small patio area

What you need for this project:
  • Outdoor patio pavers
  • A bottle of inexpensive acrylic craft paint (the kind intended for outdoors)
  • A stencil of your choosing
  • Painters tape
  • Stencil brushes or paint brushes
  • A disposable paper or plastic plate for pouring little puddles of paint
  • Some water and paper towel for cleanup


Look at Our Stenciled Backyard Pavers

stenciling pavers for a small patio area

Dave decided to give the area on the side of our home a spruced-up look. Rather than have our firewood holder just sit directly on the pea gravel, we decided to put pavers along the side of our back porch. And then we thought it would look attractive to stencil the pavers with a subtle design.

A "mini-patio", if you will, for our firewood. Then as a finishing touch, we added a stenciled paver to the bottom of our deck steps - which ties it all together nicely.

In this photo you can see our completed project.


celtic knot stencil

I already had a Celtic style stencil and so that is what we used for the project. The stencil design measures roughly 10 inches by 10 inches. The pavers are 16" squares.

This project will work well with any size stencil or pavers.


The Process

tape the stencil to the pavers with painters tape

I taped the stencil to the paver with a couple strips of blue painters tape. Nothing is exact about this project.

I poured a little of each color of paint onto the plate. Then I dabbed my stencil brush into just a tiny bit of paint. The brush was almost dry.

I lightly dabbed the color through the stencil onto the paver.


stenciled pavers for a small patio area

I made each paver unique by stenciling slightly different coloring on each paver.

Of course, you could make them all the same, if you wish. Or do each one in just one color. For example, think "all white" or "all blue".

As I did the pavers, I laid them out side to side to see how they looked. I rearranged them till I liked what I saw.


close-up photo of the stenciled paver designs

Here is a close-up of the color variations between the pavers.

To be honest here, I took this photo over a year after I did the project. So the pavers have had a little wear and tear, but they still look great. Do you agree?


The Results

stenciled pavers at the foot of the deck steps

Here's the paver for the foot of the steps. This was a larger size so it had room for two stenciled designs.


overall look at the stenciled backyard pavers

Here you can see all the pavers together. The stenciled backyard pavers go underneath our firewood too.


our side deck that we use for morning coffee

This photo puts it all in perspective; this is where Dave and I have our morning coffee many days. We overlook the woods and our bird feeding station. The two of us are fascinated with watching birds.

The blue arrow in the photo above points to the area with the stenciled backyard pavers. It looks much neater there now and the stencils dress up the area in a very subtle way. And best of all? Visitors are a bit surprised when they see the colorful designs on the pavers (which still look great many months later).


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