How to Make Chalkboard Herb Planters

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

The gals here at Paula’s Test Kitchen were looking for a fun way to jazz up the fresh herb plants in our container garden. We wanted them labeled but to also have a fun and fresh look. We finally decided on chalkboard herb pots and we couldn’t be happier with how they came out. Follow these easy step to make your own!

Pick out the pots you want to paint. There should holes in the bottom for proper drainage. We used basic and affordable terracotta pots and they worked great. Wash the empty pots and make sure they are clean and free of debris. Make sure to let them dry fully after washing.

Use a pencil to make an interestingly shaped outline of a label. Place the pot on newspaper and carefully fill in the stenciled area with the chalkboard paint. If you prefer, you can paint the whole pot. We liked how both turned out. Let dry for a few hours before filling.

Once dry, fill a quarter of the pot with gravel. This will help your plant drain properly. Fill the rest of the pot with soil, leaving just a few inches from the top. Place the roots of the herbs into the soil leaving a few inches between each stem. Pat down, and once in place, thoroughly water until you see water draining from the bottom of the pot. Place in a sunny spot and watch your plants grow!

What do you think of our herb pots? Would you try this at home?

*** Materials Needed: terracotta pots, pencil, chalkboard paint, paintbrush, newspaper, chalk, gravel, soil, herb plants. ***

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I love the idea of this. I l o v e everything Paula does!!!

By Marilyn Dowd on July 08, 2013

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I love this idea. It is also something I can do myself. I am in a chair due to MS so there are so many things I can not do. I love to see craft/gardening ideas that I can do. I believe I will hang a pot holding rack over my deck railing. My husband can do that after I find one. I Love fresh herbs! Can't wait to plant some of my favorites. Thank you Paula for all the good you do for others. I hate what is currently happening to you in the media. I know it must be hurting you deeply. I am sorry you have to endure it. People will think what they may. But I know in my heart that you are one of the good ones. If what "they" are saying about you is true I would have never been drawn to you. I am a transplanted Liberal, Yankee. Please be strong & find a new place for yourself. Love & best dishes to you & yours.

By Lesa on June 27, 2013

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What a cute idea! Can't wait to try this w/ my daughter. We tried herbs last year and they never grew. Any suggestions on what type/brand of seeds to use? Should we start the seeds now and transplant later or is it ok to start w/ seeds in these pots? Can't wait to paint the pots!!! Does the chalk wash off easy? Just wondering in case the pots get wet.

By Kelly on March 08, 2013

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PAULA ONE THING I LOVE ABOUT YOUR DISHES IS, U HAVE SO MANY RECEIPES THAT ONE CAN FEEL GOOD TO SERVE TO A CHILD WHO IS VEGITARIAN LIKE ONE OF MY DAUGHTERS. I SO CAN;T WAIT TO TRY THE PORTABELLO AND ASPARAGUS SALAD U AND YOUR SON BOBBI MADE ON BEST DISHES. SOMETIMES WE LIKE SOMETHING LITE AND SIMPLE FOR LUNCH AND SO I THANK U FOR EVERYTHING THAT U SHARE TO MAKE OUR LIVES EASIER YET STILL GOOD AND FLAVORFUL HATS OFF TO U. U JUST KEEP ON SMILING AND SENDING BEST DISHES AND LOVE FROM YOUR KITCHEN, CAUSE WE SEND IT RIGHT TO U AS WELL. EVEN THO WE MAY NEVER MEET IN PERSON, U COME INTO OUR HOMES EACH DAY AND IT IS LIKE U ARE RIGHT HERE IN PERSON. WE LOVE U SEWEET LADY. ROSIE IN CT.

By RoseMarie Herdman on May 01, 2012

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Love your flowerpot idea. I always plant herbs in containers, we live in a condo and I have 2 flowerbeds in front to plant in. I do mint, basil and rosemary. But this year since trees got cut in back off my deck i will put in more herbs and maybe some tomatoes and such in larger containers. So love your ideas, keep them coming. Have a super Mother;s Day sweet lady.I am a Gram-ma-ma also, I am 69 and have 6 granddaughters ages 14-4mos. and 3 grandsons ages 12-7 Hugs Rosie P.S. Love Bobbi's new show.

By RoseMarie Herdman on May 01, 2012

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i think your herb pot idea will be fun. I am going to try it. I ennjoy getting all of your ideas and recipes. good luck

By gloria komistek on April 28, 2012

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dear paula love yourshows and receipeslove to meet you in person someday you put me in mind of my mother i love you very much i smile everyt

By mary woodard on April 25, 2012

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That is such a smart idea.. I am slowly but surely working on a chalk board idea at home, I wouldn't have even dreamed to think up this idea.Smart....

By Kimberly Hogan-Castillo on April 25, 2012

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Love the idea! How fun...

By Donna on April 25, 2012

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I love your herb pops. I am anxiously waiting to get mine ready, i always plant Rosemary and mint in large containers because i use them a lot. But now that a lot of trees got cut in our wooded area behind condo, I plan to set up an herb garden with some summer flowers and tomatoes and cukes. i wanted to say a big thanks for your vegitarian pizza with the young man who did the bunge jump with u in your back yard. He looks so much like my oldest grandson who is now 12, but i could so see Drew as i watched u and this young man. What a well-mannered and just delightful young man. Just wait those 3 precious grandsons of yours will take their [lace beside u as well. isn;t it great to teach our youngsters. i so heart being a grandmother. i am 69 and have 6 girls ranging from 14-down to 4mos. and 3 grandsons. ages 12-8. I have a daughter who is going to love that vegitarian pizza when she comes to visit in a few weeks with baby Blair. Thanks. Keep on doing what u do best Sweetie Rosie in Ct.

By RoseMarie Herdman on April 25, 2012

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Love the idea of the herb pots. Already have the chalkboard paint and will make mine soon. Nothing better than fresh herbs in a recipe. Thank you!

By Marge Szymusiak on April 24, 2012

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I LOVE THIS IDEA! FOR YEARS I HAVE GROWN MY OWN HERBS AND ALWAYS GETTING THEM MIXED UP! I HAVE NUMEROUS WAYS TO IDENTIFY THEM TO NO AVAIL! I AM GOING TODAY AND GET MY MATERIALS AND MAKE THEM RIGHT AWAY. I STARTED ALL MINE FROM SEEDS AND THEY ARE ALMOST READY TO POT. THANKS PAULA FOR THE GREAT TIP!

By GRACE KERR on April 24, 2012

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