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Chalkboard Pots

Martha Stewart Living, March 2001

Organize plants and seedlings, and identify homegrown kitchen herbs, by painting the collars of clay pots with stripes of chalkboard paint (available at craft stores). After the paint dries, write the name of each plant using chalk. You can make note of feeding and watering needs, too. The chalkboard stripe will wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Comments (64)

  • TheBarefootMom 2 Feb, 2013

    Chalkboard paint is my favorite! See what else I've been chalking up here:
    http://thebarefootmom.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/diy-chalkboard-canvas/

  • BillySoup 14 Jun, 2012

    I keep thinking about this idea and would love to try it, but here's the thing I'm worried about. Wouldn't the water from you watering the plants end up washing off/making a mess of all the chalk? I believe even the long lasting stuff can get washed off with water (instead of just with a brush). So unless you're perfect with your watering and never spill a drop, how does this not make a big chalky mess?

  • teamaven 30 May, 2012

    I found that if I didn't first coat the inside of the pot with terra cotta sealer then the chaulkboard paint came off very quickly due to the moisture in the dirt inside. It "pushes" the paint right off. Love this idea.

  • tpop 20 Mar, 2009

    I love this concept!

  • hv3333 13 Jan, 2009

    If you wanted to use this idea outside, then get a longlasting chalkboard pen from an office stationery supply store. It's easier to use

  • hv3333 13 Jan, 2009

    If you wanted to use this idea outside, then get a longlasting chalkboard pen from an office stationery supply store. It's easier to use

  • hv3333 12 Jan, 2009

    If you wanted to use this idea outside, then get a longlasting chalkboard pen from an office stationery supply store. It's easier to use

  • hv3333 11 Jan, 2009

    If you wanted to use this idea outside, then get a longlasting chalkboard pen from an office stationery supply store. It's easier to use

  • hv3333 11 Jan, 2009

    If you wanted to use this idea outside, then get a longlasting chalkboard pen from an office stationery supply store. It's easier to use

  • hv3333 10 Jan, 2009

    If you wanted to use this idea outside, then get a longlasting chalkboard pen from an office stationery supply store. It's easier to use

  • erinoco 24 Sep, 2008

    pamyounggren, check out the breadcrumbs... that's that fun little nav backtracking system above the article that tells you what section of the site we're in. Looks like we're in "House Plants." Isn't it fun being smart?

  • staciet 25 Jul, 2008

    Adorable idea - have done this - in is obviously for INDOOR or porch plants - great for teachers to know whose plant is whose

  • pamyounggren 24 Jul, 2008

    Wouldn't the name of the plant and it's needs just wash off in the first rain storm? Duh!

  • Sharonas877 24 Jul, 2008

    I loved this idea. I already had the paint in my garage and wanted to use it up and PRESTO a new idea comes up...thanks so much!

  • lbuser 24 Jul, 2008

    I did this the last time around and I love the look. Even when I don't write anything on the pots, the pots look really good on my deck, and it gives uniformity to all the different pots I have. I love being able to write on them then re-write, when something I planted didn't make it (I'm afraid I have a brown thumb).

  • jenniferabney 24 Jul, 2008

    I do this on a large pot and let my children plant different flowers in sections and keep track of them by writing the names of the plants around the edge. It really sparks learning in the summer.

  • humblebeefarm 24 Jul, 2008

    if you did this as a grouping, it would make a great bridal shower gift or housewarming gift. i really like this one

  • meganelizabeth 19 May, 2008

    I've done this and I love it! It helps me keep my herbs straight because I have a hard time telling them apart. The chalkboard paint also comes in a spray paint version, which I found a bit easier to handle.

  • millardhome 7 Apr, 2008

    really cute, easy idea

  • bbence 30 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea. I have a feeling I am going spin out of control with chalkboard paint stripes to label lots of stuff!!!

  • AuntieMartha 30 Mar, 2008

    What a great idea!!

  • Shivi 29 Mar, 2008

    The final product looks really nice!

  • felinelover 29 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea.Simple and easy. Good combination.

  • kbstew 29 Mar, 2008

    Martha-great idea!! Especially love all the different ideas

  • tyme 29 Mar, 2008

    I plan to make little pots for my grandchildren. Love the idea of putting chalk, eraser in the same pot! Now, Martha, how to secure the chalk and eraser inside?
    Have to have small pots for small hands. Light, yet sturdier than a chalk board I think! Might even send a packet of seeds as they bore of the idea,Blessings to all

  • CindyPro 28 Mar, 2008

    I want to put a series of colourful plants in these and label them going up the 3 stairs to my doorstep: "Welcome" "to our" and "Home" . . .

  • YvonneHvr 28 Mar, 2008

    Thank You lorzie for the wonderful new neighbors Idea. I just love all the ideas and I'm excited to get started with some of my own. Happy crafting

  • whitbygal 28 Mar, 2008

    I'm not the greatest gardener in the world but I think this would be great for my herbs on the window sill. It will also be great containers for my neice's desk and put her pens, pencils, etc. in different size pots. Love it!!! Heather

  • spinssheep 28 Mar, 2008

    Wow, I love this idea. I have tons of pottery pots and I work in a greenhouse, so this is going to be a terrific idea for some of the plantings we do. I can't wait!!!

  • sanedame 28 Mar, 2008

    Great idea! Plus they are reusable again and again!

  • bookishbabe 28 Mar, 2008

    What a great idea to use as a teacher's gift, too! Simly paint the words "Mrs. Crabapple's Class . . . where children bloom." Thanks for the inspiration!

  • auntlinda49 28 Mar, 2008

    this is a great idea my grand kids will be out of school in a week and we will make pots for mom and dad they both like to garden.

  • morgantails 28 Mar, 2008

    Great idea! My Sunday School class will be making these and adding plants for Mother's Day gifts. Thanks, Martha. Please keep these great craft projects coming - and I love the daily cookie recipes too! Sharon

  • Lorzie 28 Mar, 2008

    This is such a good idea. I decided to do "Welcome" to the neighborhood pots for my new neighbors.

  • luvmyttype 28 Mar, 2008

    I made these as party favors for my daughter's 11th birthday. The chalkboard was painted as a square on the front (not around the top). I painted the rest in bright spring colors and around the top I painted "friendship blooms". We wrote each girls name on the chalkboard and included a small pack of chalk, potting soil and a packet of seeds. Finally a useful party favor!! Thanks Martha!!

  • antee_abe 28 Mar, 2008

    Great idea!

  • patsysadornments 28 Mar, 2008

    Such a good idea. I am going to make some and use them for gifts. Our churchs ladies group provides meals for people in need such as someone who just had a baby, someone who has just had surgery...just a couple examples. And to give them a plant in one of these and personalize it would be great.

  • sintra 28 Mar, 2008

    So original and brilliant!!!, is a wonderful idea, thanks.

  • b1yudv33 28 Mar, 2008

    I believe the stripe remains but the chalked comments can be removed with water. Is that correct?

  • kinderteacher 28 Mar, 2008

    I love the mother's day idea. My mom will love it!

  • Alabaxter 27 Mar, 2008

    Also good to remember when you water the plants that the chalkboard stripe comes off with water. But what fun! thanks.

  • Avidziune 27 Mar, 2008

    so creative!

  • Adriannaa 27 Mar, 2008

    Regular planters are so boring and this spices them up a bit as well as gives us a way to label our plants. Great idea!

  • brown1155 27 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea, I did my herb pots a few months ago but I used chalkboard spray paint instead

  • brown1155 27 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea, I did my herb pots a few months ago but I used chalkboard spray paint instead

  • brown1155 27 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea, I did my herb pots a few months ago but I used chalkboard spray paint instead

  • brown1155 27 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea, I did my herb pots a few months ago but I used chalkboard spray paint instead

  • sheliadempsey 27 Mar, 2008

    This is a creative idea, keep up the good job. I know I can always get creative ideas from Martha Stewart.

  • sbickers 27 Mar, 2008

    I am doing some of these with the herbs for my mom for mother's day. I think she will like them and she can then remember what the herbs are and with the guide for cooking with herbs that I am including with her gift, it will be a hit!!

  • Ji11 27 Mar, 2008

    I love this idea. Gotta love Martha. I will be using this one very soon. I can't wait to get my hands in that soil. Thanks.

  • sketchartist71 27 Mar, 2008

    Love the idea! Martha...you are the best!

  • JeanieCurry 27 Mar, 2008

    What a clever and unique idea. I just love it!! Chalkboard paint rocks!!

    Jeanie

  • knees2thearth 27 Mar, 2008

    I think this is brilliant! Thanks.

  • knees2thearth 27 Mar, 2008

    I think this is brilliant! Thanks.

  • knees2thearth 27 Mar, 2008

    I think this is brilliant! Thanks.

  • knees2thearth 27 Mar, 2008

    I think this is brilliant! Thanks.

  • knees2thearth 27 Mar, 2008

    I think this is brilliant! Thanks.

  • primartisan 27 Mar, 2008

    Perfect!! Love this idea. Who would have thought.

  • Senecagirl 27 Mar, 2008

    LOVE this iead! Can't wait to use it. Now all my indoor and outdoor herbs will be easy for everyone to identify. Thanks, Martha! senecagirl

  • Anna_Marie 27 Mar, 2008

    What a GREAT idea! Love it! Easy enough for kids to do, but stylish enough to give as a gift! Keep those great ideas coming!

  • violetwisperer 27 Mar, 2008

    I am taking this idea to my african violet group. We are always looking for better ways to label plants.

  • cammu 27 Mar, 2008

    What a great idea!

  • nancyjean54 27 Mar, 2008

    I would never thought of this. It's a wonderful idea. I can never remember the names of plants, so this will work great. Thanks

  • lbuser 27 Mar, 2008

    What a good idea. And there are several colors of chalkboard paint available now. I can't wait to do this one.