Here are the materials I used:
- Terra cotta pots and saucers
- Chalkboard spray paint
- Painters tape
- Craft paint
- Foam brushes
- Spray sealer
- Plants of your choice
- Small rocks
Step 1 - Tape off the top of the top, or whatever other section you are going to want to keep free of the chalkboard paint and then spray away. The instructions on the paint I had said to do 2 coats and waiting 24 hours before applying chalk so make sure you leave yourself enough time.
Step 2 - remove the tape from the pots and paint the top rim of the pot and the saucer with craft paint.
Step 3 - After you've painted the saucers, seal them with spray sealer.
(My mom would be so proud of me if she saw this step... she always get so mad when she sees unsealed terra cotta saucers)
You'll notice in the bottom of the pots, there is a whole... another thing my mom insists on when it comes to potting plants, in additional to the sealed saucers... is proper drainage. Something that cannot be achieved she claims, with dirt filling the drainage whole at the bottom of the pot.
Step 4 - So what you do is drop a handful of rocks into the bottom of the pots, prior to potting the plants.
Step 5 - Pot the plants!
Step 6 - Write your message on the pots.
Now - I've got to figure out how to keep these suckers alive 'till the end of the year when they will go to Bug's teachers. Seems crazy to have them ready now, but April, May and June are crazy months and if we didn't do this now - we'd be running out for gift cards the day before the last day of school. (As we've done on more than one occasion.)
(And as for all those other pots you saw in the pictures. I've got plans for those.)
Linking this old post to the Chalkboard Paint Party at The Stories of A to Z