Monday, May 01, 2017

DIY: Chalkboard Watering Can

By India Hamilton

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Washington Gardener staff painted watering cans, which were fun to make and can be easily gifted.

Level: Beginner
Cost: Minimal
Use: Gift, Decorative, Functional
Time: Approximately 45 minutes for designing, allow to dry overnight

  • Plastic watering can
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Stencils (with removeable adhesive backing)
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Painter's tape
  • Chalk

Step 1: Clean the surface of the plastic watering can or pot with a wet towel. Ensure the surfaces are completely dry afterward.

Step 2: Lay stencil against the watering can and apply one coat of paint over the stencil. Be careful not to go outside the design area.

Step 3: Section off a large square area on the other side of the watering can with blue painter's tape and apply one coat of paint to the inside area.

Step 4: Allow paint to dry at least 45 minutes and repeat step 2.

Step 5: Allow paint and/ or designs to dry overnight.

Step 6 (optional): Use colored sidewalk chalk to draw pictures or write messages on your watering can.

Step 7 (optional): Place cut flowers or potted plants inside the finished watering cans for display and gifting.

Note: The chalkboard paint is not permanent and may scratch off if bumped against other items. For that reason, these watering pots are great for events and decorative use, but not for long-term use. If you want the stenciled design to last longer, you can spray them with a clear fixative.

About the author:
India Hamilton is a junior multi-platform journalism major and black women’s studies minor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She copy edits and writes feature and event pieces for the online publication, Pulsefeedz. This winter/spring, she is an editorial intern at Washington Gardener Magazine.

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