When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
"I used everything You gave me."
~Erma Bombeck

March 2, 2010

Chalkboard Flower Pots...

 I thought I would share a tutorial with you. I don't have pictures of the process, but plenty of finished pieces and a quick tute on how they came together.

For This Project You Will Need:

Terra cotta pot and saucer in desired size
Terra cotta spray sealant for pot
Chalkboard paint
Painter's tape
Acrylic paints in desired colors (it is great if you know the person's favorite color)
A couple of pieces of chalk
Cardstock (colored and white)
Decorative paper
Bamboo skewer (or craft sticks)
A pretty plant/flower

For the Flower Pot and Saucer:
1. Spray terra cotta spray sealant on pot inside and out and saucer.
2. After sealant is dry, paint the bottom portion of the pot with the chalkboard paint (I didn't bother painting the inside of the pot). You may need a couple of coats to really cover it good.
3. I used painter's tape around the pot just under the rim to keep a straight line with the acrylic paint then painted the rim and the saucer. Again, you may need a couple of coats to get really good coverage.

For the Plant Pick:
1. Print your saying on white cardstock using a fun font. The saying is Miss _____ Thank You for Helping Me Grow, Love ______.

2. Cut your printed white cardstock to size and then adhere it to scrapbook paper and colored cardstock.
3. Decorate it with embellishments. Here I used paper punched flowers with a rhinestone.
4. Cut another piece of colored cardstock to size (this will be the back of your plant pick) and glue the front and back together with the bamboo skewer sandwiched in between.
5. Keep your plant in the pot you purchased it in and just set it inside the pot and stick your finished plant pick in.
6. Write Thank You on the pot with chalk.
7. Take 2 new pieces of chalk and tie a pretty ribbon around them.


Your teachers will love them!


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  1. Oh I love these! Those will make great gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  2. what a great idea! and one the older kids can help with!

  3. I love this idea! That would definitely jazz up my sad looking pots :)

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  4. What a great idea! I'm always tring to find something else to put chalkboard paint on.

  5. Well that is just a fabulous idea! I love it! :) Hope your day is awesome.

  6. I seriously LOVE these and will be making them for end of the year teacher gifts.

  7. i would of loved it as a teacher! i always ended up getting some funky figurine from the dollar store which i still displayed proudly because i knew they picked it out with me in mind.

  8. very cute! I am so looking forward to spring! These are a great gift idea! : )

  9. so cute! I have painted pots before but I love the chalkboard paint, really cute!

  10. That is adorable! I love chalkboard paint!!! What a great gift for a teacher!

  11. I love these! I can't wait to make these when my son is in school :) Thanks so much for linking!

  12. I featured these! Grab my "featured" button.

  13. Such an adorable project - such great teacher gifts!!!

    I'm bookmarking this in my idea file.

  14. I've never seen anything like this. What a cute idea!

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  15. Those are adorable! great idea! I am following you from Friday Follow. Stop by and follow me when you get a chance. :)

  16. I was wondering did you use the chalkboard spray paint or regular paint? I have tries the spray on a plate and it didn't hold up-the chalk took the paint right off :( Maybe I am missing something?

  17. Just lovin' the chalkboard paint these days! Really cute pots.

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  18. Thanks for all the sweet comments! The chalkboard paint I used was brush on, not spray. I haven't tried the spray kind yet so I don't know how well it works. :) ~Lanie

  19. I love those pots! I will have to try that for my kitchen, so Spring like and happy! Following you from the Friday follow! Hope to see you soon!

  20. I think that's the cutest teacher gift idea I've ever seen and I'm not just saying that!!!

  21. Fab.u.lous idea!! I think my kid's teachers would love these! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  22. I would absolutly LOVE to feature this on my blog! Please do give permission! WOWSA! I have a *featured Button* as well! What a great IDEA.. cant wait to share it with my Mommas that follow me!

  23. oh my goodness, I love this idea. My friend has inspirations words all over her home and they look beautiful (she spent a pretty penny) and I've been working my brain overtime to come up with something I could do around my home that will not break the bank. Where I could write inspiration messages. This project would be perfect for that! nature plus inspiration, I can't wait to make mine. Thanks so much for the wonderful idea.

  24. We made these this weekend and I thought you'd like to see how they turned out.


    Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Following new from FF! I saw this project...and had to b/c A) You are a fellow Texas, and B) Chalkboard paint is my new obsession! You have so many cute projects, I look forward to following along. :O)

  26. Very cute! I taught school for 33 yrs..I still have some of the homemade crafts the parents made for me for holidays..
    As long as it isn't a TEACHER mug, LOL..I think I had over 100 in a box I donated..but I appreciated the thought!

  27. I'm a teacher, and bad as it sounds, I dissuade people from giving me gifts--instead giving to a cause.

    But I love this one, and though I'm not crafty, I might have to try it for myself. I'm bringing some geraniums here to school to winter. I could paint a pot and label them, "wintering."