Now that spring is here, articles and tips have begun sprouting up everywhere about gardening, planting and fun ways to grow things. This got us in a DIY mood for something to accessorize a beautiful planting space. These chalkboard garden markers are so easy and fun to make, plus they really add an extra pop. How pretty would these look in a backyard garden, or raised beds? We also thought it would be great to make a few smaller markers to label herbs or flowers. Don’t have a green thumb? No problem! These would make a lovely, handmade springtime gift for your favorite GIYer (grow it yourself). Just arrange them with some seed packets, tie them all together with colorful twine or pretty pastel ribbon and present your gift in a charming flower pot. We love all the possibilities for this project! Let’s get started.


  • Chalkboard paint
  • 1” paintbrush or sponge brush
  • Chalk ink pens in white or bright colors

*   You could also use white grease pencil or regular chalk.

  • Wooden paint sticks – for the larger garden markers

*   Grab some from your home supply or paint store

  • Craft wood – for the smaller herb/flower markers

*   Find this at any craft store. It’s very inexpensive and cuts easily with an X-acto knife or even scissors.

*   You could also use any leftover wood scraps if you happen to have those around. Just make sure it’s thin enough to easily shape or cut, and flat enough to write on.

Chalkboard Stakes supplies

Paint it Black

Place your sticks on a work surface. Paint them front, back and sides, then leave to dry. This chalkboard paint dried very quickly and we only used one coat, but two would be fine just because the wood is so porous.

Chalkboard Garden Stakes

Label It

Once the chalkboard paint is dry, take your chalk pen and write the names of your veggies/flowers/herbs.

Chalkboard markers

Chalkboard garden stakes

Stake It

Now just place it perfectly in the ground or in a pot and you’re done!

Chalkboard garden stakes

Chalkboard plant stakes

This project definitely makes us want to plant a garden, grow our own veggies and live off the land! Well, maybe not totally just the land, but we can dream. What do you think? Do you like this idea and will you try it out?  We hope so. Leave any questions in the comments section.