DIY Chalk Planter

DIY Chalk Planter. Use chalk paint on cheap clay planters and label it with the flower or herb you place inside! Cute idea for a house warming or hostess gift!Since transforming a huge mirror into our kitchen chalkboard I have barely used the leftover chalk paint on a few tiny projects. The cool thing about chalk paint is that you use such a small amount to cover large surfaces, leaving you with plenty of paint for future projects.

I purchased Rust-Oleum’ s 30 fl. oz. black flat chalkboard paint at Home Depot for around $10.  Only 2 ounces shy of 1 quart, you still have plenty of paint for multiple projects! BTW, 1 quart can cover around 100 square feet. So $10 might seem expensive for a small amount, however you will get a LOT of use out of that little can!

Glancing over West Elm’s new market catalog I loved their chalkboard planters ranging in a variety of sizes from $6 to $18. Sadly I do not have a West Elm near me…but that is probably better for my wallet and Mike! Having plenty of leftover chalk paint I headed to Lowes and purchased an 8” clay pot ($3.97) and matching clay saucer ($2.57) for $7 with tax. The West Elm 8” pot is $18 and with tax and shipping it would be silly for me to purchase it when making one would only be $7 bucks!!

DIY Chalk Planter. Use chalk paint on cheap clay planters and label it with the flower or herb you place inside! Cute idea for a house warming or hostess gift!Laying out some parchment paper under my clay pieces, I gave them one coat of paint. Chalk paint dries pretty quickly for touch, but you have to wait 4 hours until you can apply another coat. Turning the pot over I went in about an inch to where the soil would reach. Once it was dry I popped in a beautiful Hyacinth plant.

I used my chalk pens to label the front and on the back I added notes for the plant’s sun and water instructions. Lily loves to take the little instruction card that is inserted in the soil. I keep mine as a reminder on water, spacing (if I want to add other herbs/flowers to the same pot) and sunlight instructions. Now if Lily decides to take the plant’s  card I will have the instructions right there on the pot!

So here is a great splurge or save option. West Elm’s option at over $20 or my very own DIY chalk planter at $7! Now of course if you have a West Elm nearby and you don’t already have chalk paint you can save $ on shipping & paint and purchase theirs. BUT even if you save on shipping, you can still do this easy DIY chalk project and come out on top! WHY? Because like I said you will be able to use that $10 chalk paint on multiple future projects!

Another idea: Don’t paint the entire clay planter, only paint a small square on the side. Plant a flower or herb, like basil, and take a piece of chalk to label the square. Gift the pretty planter to a friend, grandma or your child’s teacher. I gifted Basil to two of my girlfriends who were testing out their cooking skills!

Tip: While waiting for each coat of paint to dry, wrap your paintbrush or roller in some foil. This will keep the brush/roller from drying out. Unwrap and dip in your paint and brush or roll on!

Another tip: Clay pots tend to soak up more water than other planters so keep that in mind when watering your basil or hyacinth plant!

DIY Chalk Planter. Use chalk paint on cheap clay planters and label it with the flower or herb you place inside! Cute idea for a house warming or hostess gift!

 
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  1. Nancy commented:
    February 19, 2013 Reply

    Love this idea! Like you I have a can of the chalk paint just sitting there. These will make cute little spring gifts for some friends at work. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
    Xoxo
    Nancy

    • Amy Romano commented:
      February 19, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Nancy! That can of chalk paint was starring at me for months and I’m glad I finally put it to use!

  2. Elizabeth commented:
    February 19, 2013 Reply

    so cute! I made something similar for ella’s pre-K teachers last year. I love chalkboard paint too!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      February 19, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth! I’m sure Ella’s teacher loved it!

  3. Christina commented:
    February 20, 2013 Reply

    Very cute! Just bought our first can of chalkboard paint so I am very excited for all the projects!! I found your blog from my bestie over at One Social Brunette! Glad to find some great local bloggers!! Love your blog :)

    xo,
    Christina

    • Amy Romano commented:
      February 22, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Christina! Yay to Tampa Bloggers! I love the design of your blog and your kids are adorable!!

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