Chalkboard Plant Markers

Designer: Kate Carter Frederick

Color plant markers using easy-to-make chalkboard paint.


  • Outdoor paint (latex or acrylic) in desired colors
  • Unsanded-grout powder
  • Airtight container (optional)
  • Wood plant markers
  • Foam brush
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  • Cloth
  • Chalk pencil

1.  Mix 14 cup outdoor paint with 1 tablespoon unsanded-grout powder to make chalkboard paint. Store in an airtight container to keep from drying out.


2. Use a foam brush to paint one side of wood plant markers with paint; let dry. Paint other side of plant markers; let dry. Brush on a second coat of paint, and let dry 24 hours.


3. Lightly sand both sides of the plant markers. Brush on a third coat of paint; let dry. Sand lightly.


4. Prepare the writing surface of your plant markers by rubbing both sides of each marker with chalk, then wiping it off with a cloth. Write each plant name on the markers using a chalk pencil.


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