March 21, 2013

Chalkboard Planters with Folkart Stencils and Paint

Spring is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re getting the itch to start planning and planting your garden! Depending on where you live, it might be a little bit too early to plant anything in the ground so why not get a head start on your garden with these lovely Chalkboard Planters made with FolkArt stencils!

- FolkArt Stencil (Bird)
- FolkArt Paint (Seashell Pink, Buttercream, Apple Orchard)
- FolkArt Chalkboard Paint
- FolkArt Medium Spouncer
- Sponge Brush
- Terra Cotta Pots
- White Spray Paint
- Mod Podge Sealant (Gloss)
- Spray Adhesive
- Chalk

1. Gather supplies. Pre-treat each pot with a light coat of white spray paint. Allow to dry completely.

2. Using light and even strokes, apply the first layer of acrylic paint. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying additional layers. I had to use three coats before I was happy with the coverage.

3. After pots have dried completely, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge sealant.

4. Trim the top of the stencil so that it will wrap around the pot nice and flat.

5. Apply spray adhesive to the back of the stencil (allow to dry slightly for a temporary hold). Stick in place.

6. Using the spouncer, dab a thin layer of the chalkboard paint over the stencil. Resist the temptation to apply too much paint at once! It’ll soak under the stencil and make the image look messy. Wait until the paint has dried completely before applying the second coat. Carefully remove stencil.

7. Repeat steps 1-6 with any additional pots.

8. Once the paint has dried, condition the chalkboard paint by rubbing chalk all over the design. Clean off the chalk and you’re ready to go!

Now you’ll never forget what seeds you planted because you’ll have your handy chalkboard label to remind you. Happy planting!