DIY Chalkboard Garden Markers

I am so glad that summer is officially here! Are you growing a summer vegetable garden this year? I've always wanted to, but have never quite gotten around to doing so. Plus, I've always found it to be a little intimidating, especially after a few failed attempts at spring flower gardening. My mother, however, has recently planted a veggie garden in her yard, and it's growing! I wanted to offer some help in the garden, but since I'm lacking a green thumb, I turned to what I know best; a DIY project.

These chalkboard markers are a great way to spice up any garden, and they're easy to make. All you need are some 2 inch wide wood pieces (I got these at Michaels), chalkboard spray paint, white paint, and clear polyurethane wood finish spray paint. Start by spraying a coat of chalkboard spray paint on each of the wood pieces. Once dry, flip them over and spray the other side. Then, repeat this process with a second coat of spray paint.

Rather than using actual chalk to write the names of the vegetables on the markers, use white paint so that it won't wash off when you water your garden or when it rains. Once the paint dries, apply a coat of the clear polyurethane wood finish spray paint to protect the markers from the outdoor elements.

I decided to make a little sign for my mother's garden as well, using lyrics from a favorite childhood song. I took a small painting that I had gotten from a yard sale, sprayed chalkboard paint over the painting, then screwed a blank marker to the back. I applied a coat of the clear spray paint to the final product.

My mother's garden is looking better than ever with her new garden markers, and I can't wait to see how it will look once all the veggies grow!


  1. What a cute idea! And simple...a DIY project I can actually tackle :p

  2. Love the little garden frame! I can't ever get enough of chalkboard paint.

  3. Nice job Amy, I actually have eaten a few strawberries and see the tomatoes starting to form. I love the smell of the basil leaves!
    Thanks for adding a touch of creativity to my garden!!
    Love, Mom

  4. I love the edition of the framed song lyrics for the garden :).