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DIY Chalk Paint Planters

Herb Pots That Will Brighten Your Day


The gospel song, “Oh Happy Day” is as familiar to me as the aroma of fresh baked cornbread in Grandma’s kitchen. I placed my herb pots in a kitchen window. “Oh Happy Day” brings a smile to my face every time I walk in the room.


Chalkboard flower pots are such a cute way to show a little individuality this planting season.

They are easy to make and they're a great money saver compared to purchasing predesigned varieties.

I buy flower pots and planters at my local hardware store. You’ll find a whole host to choose from but for this craft project, unfinished clay pots work best.



You're in charge

Be creative! If “Oh Happy Day” doesn’t do it for you, pick another inspirational or funny phrase that will lift your spirits whenever you glance at it. You can write a short phrase on one large pot or use several small pots to spell out one word.


Fun Ideas for your next flower planter project:


“Water Me!”


“You Grow Girl”


“Garden of Weedin”


“Grown with Love”


“Live for Today”


“They Alive, Damn it. It's a Miracle!" Any Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt fans out there?


Of course there are many more, so have fun choosing your favorite.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clay flower pot (used three 8-inch herb pots)

  • 1 can of ultra-flat black spray paint

  • 1 acrylic paint pen (white or pastel colored)

  • Newspaper or drop cloth for easy clean-up

Tip: Go for ultra-flat black spary paint instead of chalkboard. It's nearly impossible to tell the difference and you’ll have a few extra dollars in your pocket to buy seeds.

Lay out newspaper or lawn bags outside (staked into the ground to stay put) before spray painting.

Allow to dry 24 hours.



Draw your choice of words on each pot in pencil. Don't worry if it's not perfect, you can always erase it and start again. Not to mention, the goal isn't to make this appear factory-made, a certain rusticity will give your pots character.

Use an acrylic paint pen to trace the pencil.

Once its dry, add your favorite herb or flower with good potting mix and pop it in a sunny window or covered porch.



You'll be the envy of your friends and neighbors!

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