Friday, June 11, 2010

Chalkboard Pots

My kids were so excited to wake up today. They woke up earlier today than they have any day over the last ten months. They were excited to snuggle with Nana on their first day of summer vacation.

I can't wait to start my own vacation, but that will have to wait until next week. Schools are still full of teachers busy cleaning, filing, scrubbing, grading, meeting, thinking, conferencing, organizing...and maybe even gossiping...

We delivered cute, sweet, easy-peasy little gifts to Anna Jane and Wilson's teachers. And since I got an email from a sweet friend wondering why I hadn't posted a tutorial in so long, I thought I would give a quick demo on how to make these gifts.

I had a can of chalkboard spray paint in my cabinet for another purpose, but couldn't resist using it for the kids' teachers. This stuff is quite popular, and will turn just about anything into a scribble-ready surface.

The first task was picking out what to paint. I decided on terra cotta pots, but passed them up for these pots instead:


They are unfinished, paint-your-own flower pots. I really didn't like the texture of them, so I first decided to paint the inside a fun color. Obviously the pots could hold plants, but since they could also be used as a pencil holder on a teacher's desk, I thought the inside surface needed a little protecting and prettying.


I sprayed them outside. On a flattened diaper box. We do not use brand-name diapers. And not only am I not loyal to a brand name, I'm also not picky about which store the store-brand diapers come from. Maybe we will eliminate diapers this summer...not going to think about's making me dread my summer vacation a little.

After I sprayed the insides a nice bright red, I let that dry (for just a few minutes) and sprayed the outside with chalkboard spray paint (from Home Depot).


I let the pots dry over night and I only used one coat. For a child's scribbling surface, I would have added another coat or two.

Make sure you read the directions on your can of chalkboard paint. It says you have to prep the entire surface with chalk before you can write on it with chalk. Not sure why, but I'm a big rule-follower.

Rub the pot with the side of a piece of chalk until it is mostly covered:


Rub it off with a paper towel:


I didn't really like this look, so then I wiped it down with a wet paper towel. This step might have negated the entire prep process, but it all seemed to work out in the end...

I wrote a note on the outside of the pot with a piece of white chalk. Your kids can do this, but remember that young chubby fingers can smudge and might have a difficult time writing with a small piece of chalk on a rounded surface. For that matter, middle aged chubby fingers might also find this task difficult.


Fill the pot with herbs, flowers, candy, writing pens, brownies...anything that might make your kid's teachers smile.


We were so lucky to have incredible teachers for our kids this year. We will never forget them!


  1. Aww these are really really cute. They would also be great in a kids art area holding the marker, pencils scissors! Oh if my basement is ever done I will love love love to make some more crafts. They are hanging the drywall today obviously because it is my birthday!!

  2. also.. you can do it on the no more diapers. If I never change another set of poopy pants yay!

  3. Those are so cute! But next time, get your chalk paint from Lowe's!!