DIY Chalkboard Clay Pots

Personalize your planters with this chalkboard paint DIY.

DIY Chalkboard Clay Pots
DIY Chalkboard Clay Pots
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These DIY Chalkboard Clay Pots are a trendy way to label your indoor and outdoor potted plants. This project uses chalkboard paint to create a surface that you can write on to identify the plants in each pot, mark special-care notes, or just get creative and doodle. If you go out of town, you can leave your house-sitter notes on the pots about how often to water each plant or if certain buds need more sunlight than others. The best part is chalk is erasable, so you can change whatever you write whenever the mood strikes you! 

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Main MaterialPaint

Primary TechniqueHome Decor


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • FolkArt ® Painting Tools - Stencil Brush 1/4" & Stylus
  • Plaid ® Aerosols - Clay Pot Sealer
  • Plaid ® Art Materials - Brush Basin
  • FolkArt ® Chalkboard Multi-Surface Paint - Black, 8 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Sage, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - White Adirondack, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Vintage Victorian, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Sunset Rose, 8 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - English Lavender, 2 oz.
  • Folkart ® Brush Sets - Lettering and Detail Set
  • Folkart ® Brush Sets - Artist Variety Set, 10 pc.
  • FolkArt Stencil #39269
  • 1" Flat brush, ¼" Stencil brush, #1 Liner brush
  • 4" Clay pot
  • 5" Clay pot
  • Super jumbo craft sticks
  • Chalk
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels


  1. Paint bottom sections of pots with several coats of chalkboard paint allowing dry time between coats. When totally dry, condition surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over surface and wipe with towel.

  2. Paint one rim English Lavender and the other Sage. Let dry.

  3. Stencil border from one Peel & Stick stencil onto one rim with White Adirondack. Stencil border from second stencil onto second pot in same color.

  4. Use opposite end of brush to create dots for centers.

  5. Paint accent flowers onto body of pots as shown using round and liner brush.

For Plant Markers

  1. Paint jumbo craft sticks with chalkboard paint.
  2. Tape off ends and paint in chalk colors shown.
  3. Use liner brush to create decorative accents.

What would you write on your pots? Let us know in the comments!

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