Welcome to the summer wehearters!
Today we have a seasonal How To, that will get your green thumb ready to start planting. Review team member Katie, who admits she is obsessed with chalkboard paint, has a super simple project (seriously, If I can do this crafty task, you can too) that will cleverly add some green to your home. ~Tyna
photos: Katie for we heart this
Here’s a How To that almost anyone can do – Creating customized, chalkboard painted pots could not be any easier for beginning DIYers. And for those with a little craft experience, this project can only benefit from fancy paint techniques, decorative trims and crafty experiments.
I made these chalkboard pots with my Mom in mind. She uses starter pots for her collection of homegrown herbs and it can get confusing (especially for me, the sous chef) to tell which plant is which when all those shoots start appearing. The beauty of the chalkboard pots (besides the green, yellow and blue hues) is that she can clearly label each plant. Then, when she transplants the herbs to larger pots, she can easily erase the old herb name and write the new one! Ready to get started?
• Chalkboard paint – I could only find this in spray paint but I’ve heard you can also find it regular acrylic (which would be much easier to use). I purchased mine at a craft store for about $7. It’s a great investment because you will find tons of fun uses for it, I promise!
• an array of paint colors -acrylic or spray paint
• clay planting pots in several sizes
• masking tape
• scrap paper
Step 1: Paint your pots with your chosen paints. Have fun and mix things up. Nothing is permanent – you can always let a pot thoroughly dry and then simply start over.
Step 2 : Once you have painted your pot(s) and it has dried, mark off the area to be painted with chalkboard paint. Do this with blue paint or masking tape and scrap paper. Here is where it pays to be as precise as possible.
Step 3: Spray (or paint) the exposed area with the chalkboard paint. You can paint the rim of a pot, the entire bottom half, create a middle strip, etc. Variation is key, aim for a collection of pots with different colors, sizes, heights and chalkboard areas. Let completely dry.
And you’re done – it’s just that easy.
After I created this set of pots for Mom, I gathered a few tips to pass on to my fellow crafters:
• It’s okay to use your chalkboard paint first. In fact, you will most likely have to touch up your colored paint anyway. So it’s not a bad idea to use the chalkboard paint first, which is what I plan to do on my next project.
• You can spray a concentrated amount of the chalkboard paint onto a palette and then dip your brush in it. This will give you much more control when you touch up the lines. You could even paint the entire chalkboard area that way. I made scalloped edges on one of my pots with this technique. Just remember to wash your brush really quickly when you are done.
• You don’t have to be perfect on the inside rim because you will (hopefully) have luscious plants spilling out that will cover that area!
Beyond labeling herbs and plants, I think this idea would be great for a party. Imagine the fun treat table! You could write ‘cookies’ or ‘lollipops’ and then fill the pot with your chosen sweets. And the great part? Just erase and use again for plants or more parties!
Fellow crafters – are you obsessed with all of the possibilities of chalkboard paint? Share how you have you used this ingenious paint in the comments!