Faux Chalkboard Plant Markers

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Learn an easy faux chalkboard paint finish for these adorable plant markers for your garden!

Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com

Well, if you’ve come here looking for an apology for the ban puns on these adorable garden plant markers, sorry, but you’ve come to the wrong place! Rooting for you, ha!

Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com

I thought today, since chalkboards are still so popular, I’d show you guys how to make a faux chalkboard look with paint so you can have it outdoors without worrying that it will get erased or washed off in the rain! My “How to Preserve a Chalkboard Drawing” post has rapidly become one of my most popular posts but this is an alternative method for the chalkboard look!

DIY Silly Garden Plant Markers with Faux Chalkboard Finish

Wooden label shapes (I got mine at the craft store, make sure they’re thick enough for the dowels)

Small dowels

Drill (have this one and LOVE it)

Wood glue

Acrylic craft paint in MATTE charcoal

Acrylic craft paint in white

Vinyl and Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine 

Transfer tape or clear contact paper

Sand paper 

Outdoor matte finish sealer

1 . The first thing you should do, which I didn’t get a photo of, is drill a hole in the bottom of the label shapes with a drill bit the same diameter as your little dowels.

2. Then I painted my wood label shapes with two coats of the charcoal paint.Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com

3. Then I dipped my finger in some VERY watered down white paint and streaked it across to give the “chalkboard” surface that cloudy white background that chalkboards have.

Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com

4. While that was drying, I set up stencils with my Silhouette software. I measured my labels first and then laid out the silly garden plant marker sayings to fit. I recommend using a handwriting-y font, again because you’re trying to mimic a chalkboard.

I cut my designs from adhesive vinyl to use as stencils. I used a depth of 1, speed of 1 and thickness of 12. I also overcut just a tiny bit.  I weeded out the negative space and then transfered my stencils to the labels with clear contact paper.

If you don’t have a cutting machine or don’t want to use it, just write the silly sayings and designs with a fairly dry paintbrush and white paint. Just make sure your brush is pretty dry (not much paint) so your strokes look more like chalk.

Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com

5. Then I painted my little stencils with a VERY dry brush just barely dipped in white paint. Make sure to use a dabbing motion and be patient to get it to look the most like chalk. Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com

6. If you painted words look to painted, give the whole thing a little distress with some fine grain sand paper.

7. Paint your labels with a coat of matte finish outdoor sealer. When that’s dry, add some wood glue to the end and insert your dowels into the holes on the bottoms of your labels. Add to your garden when everything is dry!

Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com Learn how to do a faux chalkboard finish for these cute garden plant markers! | littleredwindow.com

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