...Celebrations, General ramblings

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…

(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)

No Comments

  • Reply Christmas 2013-the post-match analysis | My Make Do and Mend Year January 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    […] the resultant hot chocolate kit; the painted plant pots and the herb kit thing; I made hubby stollen (which was delicious and we had for breakfast on […]

  • Reply painterswife January 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    It’s a really nice idea – but I particularly like that you included the little book – makes it extra special.

    • Reply Jen January 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Thankyou! It was a really lucky find 🙂

  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) January 4, 2014 at 6:37 am

    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.

    • Reply Jen January 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      You have greener fingers than me Vivienne-our biggest challenge was keeping them alive until we could gift them..!

  • Reply MargotBarbara January 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Love this idea – although I admit, I’d like to just make the plant pots for my own kitchen, rather than giving them away!

    • Reply Jen January 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Agreed! It was super easy, so as soon as I can track down some more pots I am going to do some for us!

    Leave a Reply