Milk Cartons + Chalkboard Paint = Fabulous Herb Pots!

The Problem:
Last year I received a lovely wooden basket with a collection of herbs in different pots as a gift. The herbs grew really well but It was a bit of challenge and inconvenience keeping them watered. Every watering session I pulled each herb pot out of the basket, watered them, let the water drain out of the holes and put them back into the basket. I didn’t want the drained water to damage the bottom of the wooden basket so that’s why I took the extra time to use this watering system.
Another problem is that the herbs seemed to need to be watered twice daily because they didn’t seem to hold the moisture that they needed to thrive. I live in a pretty dry climate so outdoor plants can dry out quickly.
The Solution:
This summer I got smarter with a new collection of herbs that I bought at the nursery. Here’s a before picture of what I bought. As you can see they don’t look very happy. The pots were too small and they didn’t hold the water because of the holes on the bottom. I also confess, I wasn’t very good at keeping up with the watering.
I knew I needed to transplant them so I hunted for just the right plant pots that would fit into the wooden basket and weren’t too expensive. I couldn’t find any that would work.
So I came up with my own idea!
I cut 2 liter (quart) clean milk and juice cartons to the height that fit the wooden basket.
Used a spray paint primer.
Then painted them with chalkboard paint.
Now I can label the pots with the name of the herb on the front…
... and on the back!
These herb pots are much easier to water, stay moistened and they look fabulous in my wooden basket!
This is such an easy, inexpensive and doable project to do. I’m thinking why didn’t I come up with this idea a long time ago? If you would like a more detailed tutorial about how to make these chalkboard paint herb pots I invite you to visit the blog!

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  • Fionnuala McDonald Fionnuala McDonald on Dec 31, 2014
    Was in Ikea looking for on the lookout for something to upcycle, either wire or a wooden/metal tray.. thanks again

  • PennyS78 PennyS78 on Feb 15, 2015
    Love this idea - my only suggestion would be to put pebbles/stones in the bottom first so the water doesn't collect & rot the roots (in my large pots I use Styrofoam peanuts.)

    • Time With Thea Time With Thea on Feb 16, 2015
      @ Thanks Penny! Thank you also for sharing the tip about putting the pebbles in the bottom. You make a very good point!