Paint it, plant it…


This is another Christmas make, admittedly far too late to be of use to anyone for Christmas 2013, but it makes a nice gift anytime of the year, or you could go crazy and treat yourself…

This is what you need:

  • terracotta plant pots
  • chalkboard paint and brush (I used a sponge applicator thing, which I think gave a smoother result)
  • masking tape
  • chalk or one of those fancy chalk pens
  • something to plant in your pots, and some soil

This is what you do:

  • mask around the top and bottom of where you want your chalk paint to go-I did mine around the rim bit, but then as soon as I had, I saw a post where someone had painted the whole pot and left the rim terracotta, which looked really effective


  • apply the chalk paint carefully and leave to dry-I did two coats to get a nice even coverage


  • remove the masking tape
  • plant and label by writing on your chalk paint

Pots3I planted mine with whatever herb plants were left in Waitrose on Christmas Eve Rosemary, Basil and Mint, teamed them up with some recipe card suggestions, my jar of preserved lemons, a pack of posh pasta and some oil, and this super sweet book I found in a charity book shop

Pots4and put it all in a hamper, which needless to say, I then forgot to take a picture of…

7 thoughts on “Paint it, plant it…

  1. I’ve often bought unloved herbs in supermarkets at reduced prices & planted them in terracotta pots or plastic lined baskets which I’ve picked up at carboots or charity shops to give as gifts. Growing them on a little beforehand so they look healthy & worth lots more than I paid. Love this idea of using chalkboard paint & making a foodie hamper with all the extras is a brilliant idea.

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