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Chalk Talk: DIY Painted Flowerpots

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour


Painted flowerpots

Whether you want a simple way to identify your plants or herbs, or you just want to decorate ordinary terra cotta flowerpots, chalkboard-painted pots are simple and stylish.

With a little chalkboard paint, your garden will be the most organized on the block.

How to Make DIY Chalkboard-Painted Pots:


Painted terra cotta flowerpots


Step 1: Apply Painter’s Tape

  • Wrap the top of your pot with painter’s tape.
  • If only painting a strip around the center of the pot, use painter’s tape to block in the area you wish to paint.


Painted terra cotta flowerpots

Step 2: Paint Pots

  • Choose chalkboard paint in your choice of color and paint the pot for your desired look.
  • When the paint is dry, remove the painter’s tape.


Painted Terra Cotta Flowerpots: Step 3

Step 3: Cut Landscape Fabric

Cut landscape fabric to fit the bottom of the pot and place inside. This will help keep dirt in the pot when watering.


Painted flowerpots DIY

Step 4: Plant Herbs or Plants

  • For repotting new plants, fill the lower 1/3 of the pot with potting mix. Remove the plant from its plastic container and break apart the dirt a little bit to let the roots breathe. Set the plant in the pot and add extra potting mix and lightly water.
  • If starting from seed, fill pot within 1/2 to 3/4 inches from the top rim with potting mix, add seeds and lightly water.

Tip: Use organic potting mix for herbs


DIY Painted Flowerpots

Step 5: Write Plant Names

Use chalk to write the plant names on the sides of the pots. You can note feeding and watering needs, too.


Terra cotta flowerpots

Painter’s tape

Chalkboard paint

Paint brush


Landscape fabric

Organic potting soil




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