How-to: Chalkboard Pot for Your Container Garden

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Whip out that chalkboard paint and make a DIY chalkboard pot for your container garden!

Whether you have a huge backyard or a tiny balcony, it’s super fun to grow some smaller food plants in containers! If you don’t have a yard, you’re basically doing all of your gardening in containers, but even if you have a yard, containers add a little interest to your landscape, and with containers you don’t have to worry about bad soil or weeds, since you’re using potting soil. Bonus!

Just like planting food in the ground, it’s sometimes hard to remember what’s in which pots when you’re container gardening. Chalkboard pots to the rescue! The great thing about the chalkboard is that you can re-label your pots season after season easily. Just wipe off the old chalk writing, and you’re ready to update to reflect what you’re planting now!

DIY Chalkboard Pot

Materials

  • terracotta or other natural pot
  • damp rag
  • chalkboard paint
  • paint brush
  • painters tape
  • chalk

Directions

1. Wipe down your pot with your rag, and let it dry completely. You need a clean surface for the paint to adhere well.

2. When your pot is dry, tape off your design. Since terracotta pots usually taper, you’ll need to take a little extra time to make sure everything is taped evenly. You may need to do some finagling. You can also use stencils to make fun designs if you want something more graphic than a stripe of chalkboard.

chalkboard pot taped

3. Time to paint! You’ll need to do 2-3 thin coats, letting the paint dry for 15-20 minutes in between. It’s better to do a few thin coats than one thick one. You’ll get a more even painted surface that way.

4. Remove the tape. This seems obvious, but it’s important to remove it before the last coat of paint is totally dry, but not immediately, because you don’t want to smudge your paint job! Pull the tape up slowly about 5 minutes after you finish that last coat.

removing tape

5. Prime your surface. Chalkboard painted surfaces work best if you “prime” them with chalk. It’s easy! Just rub chalk all over your surface and wipe it away. Once that’s done, you’re ready to label your pot and get planting!

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