8.13.2008

Chalkboard Clay Pots...


*CHALKBOARD HERB GARDEN*
This is really easy, so let's get started...

First get some clay pots and tape off what you don't want painted with painters tape. Also put a piece of tape over the hole on the bottom so paint doesn't sneak in...

Prime your clay pots with inexpensive primer-I used the kind you spray on...

Brush on one coat of chalkboard paint, wait an hour and apply the second coat... In between coats I wrap my brush in plastic wrap so I don't have to clean it.  You could also use the spray chalkboard paint, it works great too.
The instructions say to wait 2 hours before writing on them with chalk-I gave it overnight to dry to make sure. By the way~ This small can of paint will do a whole mess of pots. A little goes a long way. Peel off tape.


These are the most wonderful chalk pens that I've ever seen. They go on like a liquid BUT the only problem is they do not wipe off easy. It's best to use plain ol' regular chalk on these.  But if you'd like to buy the chalk pens, I bought these at Michael's craft store. Pictured are a set of Classic colors and Earthy colors.


                                                           *Up close outdoor photo*
              Topped off with a raffia bow~


I put my finished product behind my kitchen sink where the sun shines in nice and bright...This gives me easy access to my herbs when I need them for cooking or to put some mint into a nice cold glass of iced tea...
OTHER IDEAS
~FALL~
Miniature mum plants in place of herbs... Write the color of the flowers (red, yellow, red) on the chalkboard adding fall colored ribbon around the top of the pots. Add pumpkins where the nest is in the last photo..
~CHRISTMAS~
For Christmas add miniature Poinsettia in a couple pots and a little Christmas tree in the middle one and write the word "HO" on each pot so they will read "HO, HO, HO" or write "SLEIGH BELLS RING" and add Christmas ribbon with bells hanging from the ends of each ribbon. Miniature red sled to replace pumpkins.
~SPRING~
Bulbs and spring ribbon with a bunny sitting where the red sled was...

33 comments:

  1. That is so so cute Robin. I love your crafts a lot. They look really nice sitting behind your sink area with the nest. I love your ideas of the all seasons too. You could just go wild with so many different and fun things. You could do let it snow and have some snowflakes of some sort too. That would be an idea.

    3 French Hens. And have a little bird. I don't know. It is really endless. Have a good night and sleep tight.

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  2. Robin- This is so CUTE!! No wonder you were so excited about sharing! I love every one of your ideas and you know I will be running out to get chalkboard paint, terracotta pots and chalkboard pens tomorrow! I have never even heard of chalk pens!

    I love how you have a window over your kitchen sink- so dreamy...:-) Lori

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  3. Robin this is a great idea!!! I just need to go to the store to buy what I need to do my project.

    Do you want me to look for your orange wool felt and if so how much do you need?

    Mary

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  4. HOW. CUTE. IS. THAT!?! What a great and adorable idea. You know I have the terra cotta pots and the chalkboard paint already....I feel another craft coming on!! I have never heard of chalkboard pens...how neat!!

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  5. ok. i love this!!! Quick, Easy, Changeable....love it, love it, love it!

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  6. That is a great idea! I love it!!!

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  7. I always think of pansies when I think of fall. We recently received some that were breed in the colors of my husband's alma mater. I think it would be cute to have the pots with the separate team colors and something like "Go Huskies!" on the pots. Or change it for the teams that are playing like "UW" "vs" "WSU" It could be a lot of fun.

    Great idea!

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  8. Genius! I love it. I think I could even do this craft. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. You have inspired me. I think I will be on my way to wal mart this morning. Thanks, M

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  10. Robin -

    Those are absolute ADORABLE! You're so creative!

    Pam

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  11. Those are so cute. They look great in the spot in your kitchen by the little nest. SO CUTE!!!!!!!! I'm going to make some of those someday. That will be fun.

    If you want check out my blog. I think you would like it. But first I need to check some other blogs and then I'll go post it. Its really cool. Have a great day.
    Bye bye.♥☺♥

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  12. I did my post. Click on the picture to get bigger. I think it gets bigger. You can see the detail and all. Its really cool.
    Bye bye.♥☺♥

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  13. Sorry about your daughters news. We will keep her on our prayer list for sure. Thanks for letting us know okay.

    Jan

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  14. Hey Robin, What a cute idea. the girls and I are going to do this when we get back into town. We are in Palm Springs with mom. She has a business meeting...We are enjoying the pool.

    Also Tell Ronnie we say congratulations on the baby girl!! Thats exciting and a new years eve baby.....You know Michael and my anniversary is Dec 30th.

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  15. These pots are just about the cutest thing!!! I just bought chalkboard paint yesterday but I must find those chalkboard pens...thanks for a wonderful idea that I will definitely use.

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  16. Those are SO cute! I think I can even do it! I am going to try!!! Thanks for the cute cute idea!!!

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  17. Well who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks! I thought as a 50 something crafter AND teacher, I had seen it all but I never heard of chalk pens. SO KEWL!!

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  18. Wow! So cute. I just painted a chalk board! I have never seen those chalk pens before! Oh, how wonderful--and I have a Michael's coupon that needs to be used! Thanks Robin!

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  19. Hi Robin,

    I just LOVE the little herb pots!! I only wish I had a shelf on my kitchen window to set something like that! I haven't been in a craft section of a store in a long time, other than the beads! I need to broaden my horizons! I just to do a lot of crafts when my children were small and at home. I need to get back to it and I'll be rechecking your pages a lot!
    Linda

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  20. Oh! My! Word!

    I love this idea! I am totally doing this for gifts for friends! Love it~100x's over!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  21. thanks for sharing the cool idea. I almost bought some pots earlier in the summer and now I will just make my own. gotta get some of the chalk pens!

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  22. These are absolutely beautiful!!! I love them!!!
    I've never used chalkboard paint but was actually thinking about a project with it in the last 2 days... :)

    Deborah xo

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  23. I LOVE these pots. I haven't used chalkboard paint yet, but hope to in the near future. I found you via Craft Gawker and am your newest follower.

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  24. I would have loved to have read this much sooner than today. I can see these gifts even home grown a few weeks in advance to let the herbs grow nicely. (Purchasing the seeds in advance, can make this a fun thing to do with the kids).

    Thanks for this post. I do like the idea for other gifts (birthday, house warming, etc). It's pretty inexpensive to make. Love it!

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  25. I am your newest follower. I had spring fever today and found your cute clay pots on Pinterest. I hope to make these soon, and will link back to you.

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  26. That is so very cute. Would love to make some for my greenhouse.

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  27. Such a clever idea. Thank you for sharing!

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  28. I'm a few years late here, but these planters turned out great! And the raffia bows are so sweet. I just included these planters in a round-up of terra cotta planter pot makeovers over at Match Made on Hudson :)

    Charlie @ Match Made On Hudson

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