DIY Chalkboard Herb Pots

I know this is not my usual post but I figured since it’s food related and really fun that I would share it with you all. I don’t have a green thumb. I forget about my plants and they die a dry, crunchy death. After watching too many food documentaries (Food Inc., Ingredients…) I decided it was time to give growing some of my food ingredients on my own (and try harder to buy local). Because of said lack of green thumb I decided to start out small with fresh herbs.

Living in Minnesota means unbearable winter temperatures and I wasn’t sure if they would survive so I decided to plant them in pots so that I could bring them in for the winter (if they are still living that is). Chalkboard paint has been all the rage lately and I thought it was the perfect solution for decorating my pots. And if I killed something, I could simply erase what had previously taken up space there, plant something new and write the new item on the pot. I’ve had the herbs for several weeks now and they are doing great. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I can’t wait to feature some recipes using my own fresh herbs! I chose to grow oregano, thyme, mint, rosemary, parsley, dill and basil.

First, gather all the needed supplies: terracotta pots and saucers, chalkboard paint, craft paint, paint brushers, painters tape, herbs seeds or seedlings.

Tape off the rims of your terracotta pots. Then paint the bottom half of the pots with your chalkboard paint (I used the type from the can but I think a spray paint version is also sold). Wait at least 30 minutes then apply a second coat. Let dry overnight.

Remove tape then carefully paint rims with a color of your choice. I used cream to keep them simple and classic but you could use bright, funky colors to punch them up. Paint saucers to match the rims.

Plant your herbs or plants and remember to water! Note: my chalkboard paint said to wait a few days before writing on the surface so make sure to read the label.< img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-952″ title=”DSC_0476″ src=”″ alt=”” width=”1024″ height=”680″>


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