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chalkboard planting pots

just in case you missed it, my diy chalkboard garden pots were featured on design*sponge yesterday!  it's such an easy peasy, fun project, and it uses the same technique for custom color chalkboard paint that we used for our pantry door. budget friendly and finished in less than an hour, this project is an easy way to pretty up your home, patio or garden!

chalkboard planting pots


- terra cotta gardening pots (unglazed)
-1 cup flat latex paint in your desired color
- 2 tbs unsanded tile grout for each cup of paint (avail. at your local hardware store)
- sponge brush
- tape
- paper
- exacto knife (or scissors)
- chalk
- label template

chalkboard planting pots


1. download the label template and cut each shape out into rectangles that will fit onto your pot (you can increase or decrease the label size for varying pot sizes).

2. using an exacto knife or scissors, cut the templates out from the inside to create your stencil.  tape the stencil to your garden pot along the outside edges.

chalkboard planting pots

3. in a cup or bowl, mix one cup flat latex paint with 2 tbs unsanded tile grout, then stir well until all of the clumps dissolve.

4. dip the sponge brush into your ‘chalkboard’ paint and begin painting inside you stencil using brush strokes from the outside in.  fill in the stencil, being careful not to get paint under the edges of the paper.  let paint dry (about 15 minutes) and apply a second coat.

chalkboard planting pots

5. once the second coat is dry (another 15 minutes) remove the tape and stencil to reveal your chalkboard design!

6. once fully cured ’season’ your chalkboard by rubbing the entire area with a piece of chalk and wipe clean with a damp cloth.  now you’re ready to write away!

chalkboard planting pots


  • Hi! I discovered your blog through that d*s post! What an amazing idea! Who knew you could make your own chalkboard paint!!! What a revelation!!!! Thanks for the idea!

    Have you tried this paint on a non-porous surface like glass? I was wanting to put chalkboard labels on my glass pantry containers and wondered if this would work or if it would just chip off.

    • hi erin! thank you! yes, it revolutionized the way i think about diy projects and before and afters! haha. hm, glass is a great idea! i haven’t personally tried it, but have certainly seen it done. it sounds like other people recommend it on the web. i think it could get scraped off pretty easily, but if it’s just for a cupboard, i think it should work great!

      i may try it and will let you know what the outcome is. if you try it will you share your results with us?
      xo! bonnie

  • Oh what a cool idea! i love that!! thanks for sharing!

  • I saw these on d*s and was so excited for you! :D

  • Precious! just precious! I just can’t get enough of the endless ideas that everyone is coming up with for chalkboard paint! There isn’t enough time in the weekend to do them all!!!

  • These are a great idea! And, I’m so excited to find out I could make my own chalkboard paint… oh, the possibilities!

  • This is a wonderful idea. I am really enjoying your blog!

  • Hey Bonnie! I tried the chalkboard paint on glass, and it seemed to work! Take a look:

    • oh erin! it’s BEAUTIFUL!!! so great to know it works! i actually just saw that martha stewart also did this in this month’s magazine! i’m so excited to give it a try. :)

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