Damson Cottage Garden

Blackboard paint plant pots

I wanted to try growing ginger as a house plant and bought a plain terrocotta pot for it. I thought it looked a bit boring so I decided to use blackboard paint to jazz it up. You can only buy big tubs of blackboard paint, and it’s a bit pricey, so I had a go at making my own. You just need black paint and tile grout, both of which were lying about in our shed.

Making blackboard paint

I found the recipe for blackboard paint here. It’s easy – just mix 2/3 black paint to 1/3 tile grout.

Making blackboard paint

Then paint your pot.

Black board paint for plant pots

When your paint has dried, smooth it gently with some sandpaper then rub chalk all over it – the best method is to use the side of the chalk stick to gently cover it, then wipe off with a dry cloth. This prepares the surface to be written on.

Make a chalk board plant pot

Make a chalk board plant pot

I will let you know if my ginger growing is a success! The basil growing certainly was. I now want to paint everything in blackboard paint! You can also use other colours than black. Our shed is full of tins of old paint… watch this space! Jane

2 Responses to Blackboard paint plant pots

  1. sarah says:

    ahhhh man! this is a great idea, didnt know you could just make blackboard paint! you should try some bright colours to see if they work! nice one :)

    • admin says:

      Good idea, I would like to try some blue chalk board paint. Making chalk board paint becomes a bit addictive, any solid surface is a possible candidate! Jane

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