Monday’s Guests- Chalkboard Pots

Today’s guest post is a D.I.Y. from , Going Home to Roost, one of my favorite handmade life blogs.   Bonnie, the blogger of Going Home to Roost, “lives snuggled back in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and gathers endless inspiration from living a simpler way of life.  Over the last seven years, she’s become a knitter, a gardener, a candle maker, a cook, a jewelry maker, a wife, a yoga instructor, a blogger and a keeper of chickens!  She would love for you to join their journey in finding out what’s next!”  Follow her amazing blog at www.goinghometoroost.com.  There you will find many amazing posts on organic gardening, creating an indie business, recipes, simple living and diy.  
We are so excited to share with you diy chalkboard garden pots!  
it’s such an easy peasy, fun project, and it uses the same technique for custom color chalkboard paint that we used for our pantry door. budget friendly and finished in less than an hour, this project is an easy way to pretty up your home, patio or garden!
chalkboard planting pots

materials:

– terra cotta gardening pots (unglazed)
-1 cup flat latex paint in your desired color
– 2 tbs unsanded tile grout for each cup of paint (avail. at your local hardware store)
– sponge brush
– tape
– paper
– exacto knife (or scissors)
– chalk
– label template
chalkboard planting pots

instructions:

1. download the label template and cut each shape out into rectangles that will fit onto your pot (you can increase or decrease the label size for varying pot sizes).
2. using an exacto knife or scissors, cut the templates out from the inside to create your stencil.  tape the stencil to your garden pot along the outside edges.
chalkboard planting pots
3. in a cup or bowl, mix one cup flat latex paint with 2 tbs unsanded tile grout, then stir well until all of the clumps dissolve.
4. dip the sponge brush into your ‘chalkboard’ paint and begin painting inside you stencil using brush strokes from the outside in.  fill in the stencil, being careful not to get paint under the edges of the paper.  let paint dry (about 15 minutes) and apply a second coat.
5. once the second coat is dry (another 15 minutes) remove the tape and stencil to reveal your chalkboard design!
6. once fully cured ’season’ your chalkboard by rubbing the entire area with a piece of chalk and wipe clean with a damp cloth.  now you’re ready to write away!
chalkboard planting pots
Re-posted with permission from Coming Home to Roost. You can find the original post here.

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