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DIY Chalkboard Painted Pots

A recent spring herb purchase inspired my latest crafty project, DIY chalkboard painted pots.

DIy Chalkboard Painted Pots

This project was very easy and complete in under an hour. 

How to Make Chalkboard Painted Pots


To make chalkboard painted pots, you’ll need terracotta pots and chalkboard paint.

I used spray chalkboard paint but the kind found in a paint can would also work.

I used pots from my storage shed and started by washing the pots and letting them dry. 

Paint the Pots

After the pots were dry, I covered the top of each with painter’s tape. 

I feared that since clay is porous it would take many coats of paint to cover the surface of my pots, but after three coats the pots were ready for plants.

Add Twine

After the pots were painted, I tied twine with a bow around each pot.

To make sure that it stays in place, secure the twine with a few dots of hot glue.

Terracotta pot painted with chalkboard paint

Season the Chalkboard Paint

To prevent writing from being permanently etched in the chalkboard paint, rub chalk over the surface to completely cover the paint.

Priming a chalkboard painted pot

Wipe off the chalk with a paper towel or rag.

three pots painted with chalkboard paint

Add Plants to the Pots

I made three pots and planted Sage, Rosemary, and Parsley in the pots.

Trio of three chalkboard painted pots

I don’t know why, but I’m more successful growing Sage in a pot versus in the herb garden in my yard.

Chalkboard painted pot labeled with Sage

Rosemary is another herb easy to grow in a pot.

Chalkboard painted pot labeled with rosemary

I love having a pot of Parsley near my kitchen as I use it frequently when making Italian dishes.

Chalkboard painted pot labeled with Parsley

When the herbs outgrow these pots, they will be transferred to my herb garden, and then the labels can easily be changed to match the new plant occupant.

This post was first published in May 2013. It’s a favorite gardening craft project and it was even featured in a magazine.

If you have flower pots that look like this, check out how I refreshed these pots with paint. I did this project in 2015 and these pots still look great!

flower pot before makeover


  1. Your little pots are adorable. I am a huge fan of chalkboard paint. Pots get reused a lot so this is a cute and practical way to use it and have fun. Have sweet Monday! Wanda

  2. So cute Paula. These would sure make great gifts! Just back from spending the week with family and my mother, we had a great time! Thanks so much for sharing these sweet pots at Amaze Me Monday, hope you’ll hop over to join this weeks party…

  3. I love these pretty pots! I love fresh herbs too and keeping them in these super cute pots is so clever! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired! Hope to see you at tonight’s party 8 pm EST!

  4. Hi. These are adorable. i’m wondering though, how does the paint hold up once the plant is watered and the clay gets damp? Have you had any problems with peeling pant? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Dee! It’s a super simple project. My mom is actually using them now for her herbs. 🙂


      1. Thank you for sharing! Pinned! This is the perfect thing to be pinning for the Spring 🙂 May 2nd we are sharing Leather projects – stop by if you have any to share. I’d love to see them!

  10. Doesn’t chalk paint make everything better? I love your pots, Paula! It would be fun to try some of those chalk stencils on them. What a nice gift these would be, complete with the planted herbs. I’m so happy it’s finally time to garden again 🙂

  11. Such a cute idea for an herb garden! Thanks for sharing them with us at the Snickerdoodle party. I will be featuring them this week!

  12. Those are adorable! I am pinning and plan to make these. I’ve wanted to plant herbs, and these will look so cute in my kitchen window. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things.

  13. Such a fun and easy DIY Paula and so perfect for herbs.
    Thank you for sharing your chalkboard pots at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring them at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

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