Make It: Chalkboard Planters

diy chalkboard pots

At the beginning of the summer I decided that I would try to grow a few plants on my window sill. Historically, I haven’t had much luck with keeping plants but I love the idea of growing your own food and plants are just so healthy to keep around so I gave it another try. I just picked up a few of the basics: herbs, cherry tomatoes and a pepper plant. So far so good. In fact, I even got some tomatoes a sproutin’! I was feeling a little uninspired by the dirty orange terra cotta planters they were living in and was on the hunt for an inspired way to fix up the pots.

That’s when I saw these chalkboard planters at West Elm.

west elm chalkboard planters

I had two thoughts. 1) That’s cool and 2) I can totally do that myself. So, naturally, I did.

before supplies

I had some terra cotta pots already (meaning I stole them from my parent’s basement) but I had to buy a few more which ended up being under $2 each at a craft store. Not too shabby. The chalkboard paint was also pretty cheap, about $8. Again, you can pick that up at a craft store. You’ll also need a foam brush and, of course, chalk to write on it with. Easy peasy!

It took me about 3 coats and touchups on each pot to cover up the terra cotta. You’ll also need about 24 hours for it to set in. Once it’s set gently rub chalk all over it to condition the surface. Use a damp cloth to wipe it down and that’s it!


My pots aren’t as clean looking as the ones at West Elm but they are a lot cheaper and I can still write on them so hey, good enough for me! My plants look awesome now against the black and I like that I can write on them so I can remember what’s in each pot and how often to water them. Give it a try for yourself!

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