Faux Chalkboard Herb Pots

Faux Chalkboard Herb Pots

You might be wondering why I would make faux chalkboard pots instead of just using chalkboard paint. While you certainly can use chalkboard paint and make yours so you can erase and rewrite, I had to use certain types of paint for this project, and chalkboard wasn’t one of them. However, I love that look, so I came up with something else instead.

Faux Chalkboard Herb PotsI made these little pots for Michael’s craft stores via my designer gig with DecoArt. Michaels carries a line of paint called Craft Smart that DecoArt makes exclusively for the craft supply chain. The Craft Smart paint line includes outdoor paint, similar to DecoArt’s Patio Paint, which I absolutely LOVE. So I used three bright but fairly earthy colors of outdoor paint for the pots and black outdoor paint for the name tags.

Faux Chalkboard Herb PotsThis is a simple project with big impact and they make marvelous gifts for grandparents, Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day or just for your own kitchen. A simple paint marker is used to write the herb names on the pots.

Faux Chalkboard Herb PotsRemember, you can use [amazon_link id=”B003ULNC0Q” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]black chalkboard paint[/amazon_link] if you prefer and [amazon_link id=”B002MARSJM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]chalk markers[/amazon_link] to write the names, which can then be wiped off with a damp cloth and rewritten.

Faux Chalkboard Herb Pots


  • 3 4"-terra cotta pots
  • Outdoor paint (orange, green, yellow, black)
  • Silver paint pen
  1. Paint each terra cotta pot with Craft Smart outdoor paint (Orange, Saffron Yellow and Citrus Green).
  2. Paint a strip of black outdoor paint on the brim of each pot.
  3. Use a silver paint marker to write the names of herbs on each black strip.
  4. Fill pot with a potted herb.


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  1. Julie says

    I love these cute pots! I have Orchids and use plastic plant markers with the info for each Orchid. The notes on the plastic plant markers fade quickly – your outdoor paint is the perfect solution!

  2. Kathy Lewis says

    Many of you ideas are very neat. I am actuallu looking for the tutorial of your paint chips projects. It is outstanding and if you dont mind I would love to make it.They look almost like diamonds. Can you tell me where I can find the directions?
    Thanks Kathy


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