Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m back with another DIY Video in partnership with our local Shaw TV channel– I’m so thrilled they welcomed me back. Today, I’m showing you how to make these Chalkboard Dipped Plant Pots. These guys would make an awesome gift, or you could keep them to yourself (I did, I won’t judge you). When would you ever give a plant as a gift? New home, new job, birthday, hostess gift (thanksgiving is coming!), really anything you could think of. It works because they can be personalized with a message- how fun is that? You could also use them for herbs and label them with the type of herb planted- you’ll never mix up your parsley again. I wrote a cheeky one for myself- hopefully I’ll remember to water this guy and he’ll be my plant success story (I’m a bit of a black thumb).
What did you guys think? I think I’m getting a bit more comfortable in front of the camera. But I also think it has a lot to do with the great editing. I had my camera running stills at the same time (below) and some of the shots I have of myself are ridiculous. I can’t believe some of the faces my camera caught… so I’m thankful I don’t see those in the video.
To make your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- Terracotta plant pots
- Outdoor or Water Resistant Paint (I chose grey)
- Chalkboard Paint (This is the one I used)
- Foam Brushes
- Chalk & Chalk Pen (I love this one)
- Plants & Soil
Get started by painting your plant pot with two coats of your base paint colour. Make sure to get inside the rim of the pot too, in case your soil level is low. After two coats, mine was evenly covered- depending on your paint, yours may need more. Let’s talk about this paint for a minute. Outdoor paint or water resistant paint is best since you’ll be watering your plant- I’m not sure how acrylic would hold up. You don’t need much so a tester size is more than enough. But testers are still a few bucks- unless you get them from the mis-tints. I have become good friends with the rack of mis-tints at my local Home Depot… this guy only cost me a buck (woohoo!).
When those coats are dry, move on to your chalkboard paint. It’s up to you how you paint your chalkboard section. I chose to paint it freehand because I like the organic look of a handpainted line. If you’d like a more crisp line, feel free to tape off the section you’d like painted. I painted the chalkboard paint up two thirds of the way (not including the top rim) to leave some of the grey while having enough room to write a message.
When your paint is done drying, you’re ready to use your pots (almost)! Before you write anything in chalk on them, use a piece of chalk and rub it all over the chalkboard paint. This will cure it and make it easier to erase your chalk or chalkboard marker in the future. I forgot this step in the video (doh!). Then you can wipe it clean and write your message on. It’s easier to write the message before you put plants in them. I also didn’t do this for the video, but you can learn from my mistakes!
That’s it! Super easy, and I love the look. They fit really well with the style of decor we’re working towards. I’d be thrilled to get one of these as a hostess gift, in case you were curious. So I want to hear from you, would you try making these? What would you write on yours? I’m sure it would be much classier than my message ;)