I’ve been spending a lot of time in the yard lately, working on the garden and adding some vertical planters. I’ve finally gotten to a point where I have lots of different plants and I needed some way to distinguish between them. For the plants I bought at a nursery, I try to keep the tags with the plant. But I’ve been doing a lot of planting from seed and I needed a way to mark those as well.
…and I have this can of chalkboard paint lying around…
So I stopped past Michaels the other day and picked up some simple, wide style popsicle sticks. With the 40% coupon I scored a package of 75 for less than $2.
Collect your supplies.
- Chalkboard Paint
- Painters Tape
- Wide Style Popsicle Sticks
- Foam Paint Brushes (don’t use the type shown in the picture)
- A large piece of cardboard
Roll a small piece of painters tape and stick it to the back of each popsicle stick.
Adhere the sticks to the cardboard. Taping the popsicle sticks to the board make it easier to paint them and keeps your hands clean. Less mess overall.
Paint one side of the sticks with two coats of chalkboard paint.
Once the first side is dry, flip them over and repeat the process.
The thin, cheap wood absorbs the paint quickly meaning your new chalkboard plant makers were done in no time.
Use chalk to add the plant names and you’re set to go.
Project Cost Breakdown:
Popsicle Sticks (Michael’s) = $2
Chalkboard Paint/Foam Brush/Painters Tape (already owned) = $0
Cardboard (already owned) = $0
Chalk (Already Owned) = $0
Total Project Cost: $2