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Chalkboard Starter Pots Tutorial
In this tutorial, we'll be learning how to make our own reusable chalkboard seed starter pots. Use these pots to plant seeds, label with chalk to know which seedling is which. Once you plant your new sprout, rinse off the chalk and start again! Use them season after season. No waste.

Posted by Megan LaCore from San Jose, California, United States • Published See Megan LaCore's 25 projects »
  • How to paint a painted flower pot. Chalkboard Starter Pots - Step 1
    Step 1

    You'll need for this project:

  • How to paint a painted flower pot. Chalkboard Starter Pots - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using a moist (but not wet) paper towel, wipe any dirt, pottery dust, or debris from the area you'll be painting. Set aside and let dry, which doesn't take long.

  • How to paint a painted flower pot. Chalkboard Starter Pots - Step 3
    Step 3

    Holding the pot in your non-dominant hand as shown, rest the entire side of your hand on the working surface. This creates stability. Place your working hand in position to paint the rim, but extend your pinky and rest the entire side of that hand on the working surface as well.

    Putting your brush loaded with paint to the rim, allow the bristles to widen out. Holding the brush in the same position, slowly rotate the pot away from you. Not moving the brush gives you more control to create an even line that is straight on both sides.

    Gently lift off when you need more paint, and start again, slightly overlapping previous beginning and end points.

  • How to paint a painted flower pot. Chalkboard Starter Pots - Step 4
    Step 4

    After first coat is completely dry, finish with a second coat of chalkboard paint. Make this layer a little thicker and try for as even a finish as possible. This layer will not sink into the terra cotta as much, so it will look a little more like its original placement than the previous.

    Set aside to dry completely, approximately 45 minutes to an hour. (Note: if you're using this paint on a less-porous surface, it may take longer for each layer to dry.)

  • How to paint a painted flower pot. Chalkboard Starter Pots - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here's all my pots, lined up and drying. When they're completely ready, fill each pot with soil, plant seeds, dust rim, then label edge with chalk. Water, and wait for your little babies to sprout!!



What a neat idea!!
Felecity W.
Felecity W. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 86 projects
Adorable! Will def be using this idea. Would be cute for writing a message when giving potted plants!
Amanda  B.
Amanda B. · Wellington, Wellington, NZ · 8 projects
Just a question... is it necessary to use a selant?
Janie R.
Janie R. · Eastern, Kentucky, US · 25 projects
GREAT idea!! The chalk board that I am making for Mothers' Day isn't working out like I wanted it to.....I think I'll change it to this!! Thanks so much. Your Grandmother was ahead of her time! WELL DONE!
Goth Ninja
Goth Ninja · Point, Texas, US · 3 projects
*walks off to buy flower pots*♥
MIHO · 28 projects
Now I want to go buy plants, just so I could try this XDD
Ryden · 28 projects
This is really cute.. now if only I had the plants..
Laura R.
Laura R. · Manchester, England, GB · 32 projects
so simple yet so clever!
Megan LaCore
Megan LaCore · San Jose, California, US · 42 projects
Actually, my great grandma was the first one to do this in my family. She would use flat paint in the color of her house trim though, navy blue. It worked pretty similarly, but the chalkboard paint does work a little smoother.
Shivi · Perth, Western Australia, AU · 14 projects
Hey! I know where you got this idea from- Martha Stewart!!! lol Tongue
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