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diy project: chalkboard plant stakes

by Grace Bonney

last week when amy and i were at terrain we saw some adorable blackboard stakes for sale. inspired to try our hand at making our own version, we made a mental note and headed home with a car full of plants and soap that smells like fresh tomatoes (my favorite home smell). so today this weekend when i was downing my second popsicle i decided to save the sticks and use up some of the leftover chalkboard paint i had from my last blackboard project. it’s the perfect simple afternoon project and the possibilities are endless (colored chalkboard paint? using studs to add a border? it’s all up to you).

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!


-Sticks (try using tongue depressors, used popsicle sticks (cleaned, of course), used emory boards (washed and dried) or wooden paint stirrers for larger plants)

-Chalkboard paint (available at most hardware stores or Home Depots. Click here for fabulous colored chalkboard paint)



Cost: $20 or under (depending on how many of the materials you already have)

Degree of Difficulty: EASY! (1 out of 3)


1. Gather your wooden pieces and clean and dry them fully. Sand if necessary to ensure a smooth writing surface.

2. Lay down a tarp or plastic sheet and place your sticks down.

3. Using a small paintbrush, paint a light layer of paint on the top and sides of your sticks. Let dry.

4. Flip sides and repeat.

5. Let dry overnight (or follow directions on paint can for proper chalkboard curing).

6. Using strong gardening scissors or a small saw, carefully snip the ends of your stick into a V shape so it pokes into the soil more easily. Be careful not to cut yourself.

7. Decorate with your plant’s name, or a recipient’s name if it’s a gift. Tip: use a pair of scissors to carefully whittle down the tip of the chalk so you can write with a smaller point.

*If you’re like Amy and I and tend to have a black thumb, simply wipe off the name of the deceased plant and rename when you have a new one to take its place.

Have fun!

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