Chalkboard Labeled Planters | Ikea Hack

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I have a really easy little craft for you today–Chalkboard Labeled Planters. Take otherwise simple pots and turn them into custom planters.

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I picked up 3 small planters at Ikea, with the intent to plant herbs in this Spring.  They are the perfect size that I can have them outside, and still bring them inside for the Winter.  This way I can have fresh herbs all year long.  Unpainted Pots

How to Make Chalkboard Labeled Planters

What you’ll need

Start by cleaning the pots really well. Rubbing alcohol works great, especially if there is any sticky residue left from stickers.

Unpainted Pots 2

Next, tape off the area you want painted. For mine I just eyeballed it.

Then paint a layer of chalkboard paint on top. Let dry before painting on a second coat. My chalkboard labeled planters actually took 3 coats to completely cover the pot.

Painted Pots drying

After the paint dried I carefully peeled off the painter’s tape, and corrected any bleed throughs.  

Then using a piece of chalk, I wrote out my herb names. They aren’t perfect, but I like the way they turned out.

Painted Pots Final 2

Right now I just have potted herbs sitting in the planters.  It still a tad bit cold to have them planted and outside, so they are living in my in house greenhouse right now with my seedlings. 

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Painted Pots Final

I can’t wait for it to warm up enough to get started on the garden!!  

DIY Chalkboard Labeled Planters



  1. Thank you for sharing your project Amanda! I LOVE these chalkboard pots! I need them for my herb garden this year – so perfect! Pinned 🙂

  2. Cool idea! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Have an amazing day! Lou Lou Girls

  3. Very cute! I need to pick up some chalkboard paint. Thanks for joining the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week 🙂

  4. Amanda I love this idea! I have a date planned to pick up some stuff at my local Ikea this will be part of that trip thanks for share 🙂

  5. These look great! I have some herbs and need to make some of these for them. They are so cute! I’m so happy to be co-hosting the Spring Craft Blog Hop along with you!

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