Chalkboard Labeled Planters

I really have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to house plants. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit my mother’s green thumb. When you walk into her home, you are greeted with an upstairs balcony full of plants.. plants in the entrance way of the living room.. and plants in the kitchen. My mother loves her plants… she’s had all of them for years and years and years! Gosh, I think I may have grown up with some of them! I’m pretty sure I’ve heard her talk to her plants. Did you know it really works? When she is out of town, my father graciously takes care of her plants for her… I know because one time when she was out of town, I called to see how my father was doing. He told me he’s watering my mother’s plants. How sweet:)

I have received a couple plants as gifts in the past. I kept them for a short time, and then just passed them along to my mom. When I visit her, I don’t recognize them. How come they didn’t grow with me like they do with her? Hmm… Well I’ve decided to take another jab at taking care of house plants. The motivation? I confess, the motivation were my Ikea planters. Do you remember them from my hot chocolate party? I used them as serving vessels for the snacks. I thought they were too cute to keep them stored away for too long, so I decided to use them as their original purpose. However there is one problem with them. They don’t have holes at the bottom. Arghs! Now what? I had already bought the plants, and I didn’t want to get new ones. Like I said, they are the reason why I decided to give house plants another chance. I did some research on some of my options on making my own drainage system. One of them is trying to put holes in the bottom of the planters myself. The second was to do the double potting method with rocks at the bottom.

I went with the double potting method. I filled the Ikea planters with rocks, and placed the plants still in their original plastic pot in the planters on top of the rocks. I’m not sure if I went about it correctly. Maybe some of you guys can enlighten me:) I do drain the water from the Ikea pots each time I water the plants. It’s not so bad, but I think if it starts to become tedious I may just try to punch some holes in the bottom myself. Also, I do assume eventually one day I will have to place them in bigger pots. Yes.. no?

I thought to have a little bit more fun with my planters, so I created cute labels for each pot out of chalkboard vinyl with my Silhouette. I love this stuff!

You can write anything you want on the label. Here I labeled them with the type of light that is needed for each plant. Since I don’t have much light coming into my condo, I had to go with low and medium light plants.

How about some words of encouragement for your plants! Words that encourage growth, showing love, and telling them just how pretty they are!

Writing down the date of the last time you watered them may not be a bad idea either!

What would you write?

How do you think I’ll do? Are you scared for the poor little plants? It’s ok if you are because I am! Don’t worry, if I see any signs of any plant dying, straight to my mother it shall go! She’ll bring it back to life in a snap!

Check out my Let’s Party page for all the fun linky parties. You will find my plants and planters at each one!


  1. April 11, 2012  9:14 am by Amy @ Reply

    I too suffer from NOT having a green thumb...though, to be fair, no one in my family does :). I love adding the chalk board labels...genius. I think my favorite is the words of encouragement...GROW...perfectly said. And may that be just what your little plants do...GROW!

  2. April 11, 2012  9:19 am by Kim Reply

    I know what you mean about plants - inside or out! :) Love this idea!

  3. April 11, 2012  11:56 am by shirley@housepitalitydesigns Reply

    Way, way too cute Maysem!!..I love those planters!...I wish Ikea was closer to me!
    I am sure that your multi talents extend to plants...!

  4. April 11, 2012  12:46 pm by Nancy Reply

    What a cute idea! I'm with you- they're too cute to have stored away. I'm also not much of a green thumb, although I'd love to be. I guess the only way to get one is to practice, right? And what cute labels!

  5. April 11, 2012  2:28 pm by ColleenB. Reply

    what cute plant containers and love your chalkboard labels.
    I used to have lots of house plants to where they where taking over so gave all mine away.
    I know what I used to say to my plants but won't say, will keep it clean here.
    Can always play some nice soothing music for your plants. :}
    Best of luck with your plants
    If your plants had tags with them, I would also write on your chalkboard the name of the plant.

  6. April 11, 2012  10:04 pm by Tricia Reply

    I don't have a green thumb, either! I would probably write GROW on mine, too. :) Those containers look so pretty!

  7. April 12, 2012  1:00 am by Amy Fountain Reply

    This is just stunning! Perfect outdoor decor.

  8. April 12, 2012  2:03 am by Karen @ Folk Haven Reply

    Great idea! I can't keep plants alive no matter how hard I try. Luckily I do a bit better with other living things!

  9. April 12, 2012  7:33 am by Wendy @HerBallistic Garden Reply

    These wee pots are fantastic! Ikea? Do they still have them? I'm due for a trip there! Yay! xo wendy

  10. April 12, 2012  7:50 am by cheapcraftymama Reply

    Those are so cute, I like the lacy tops of the planters! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @!

  11. April 12, 2012  8:06 am by BethM@Under A Pile of Scrap! Reply

    The pots with the labels are so pretty, I wouldn't even notice if the plants were dead or alive! LOL! -jk I only have one indoor plant that I can't seem to kill, whick looks similar to the one that says "Grow" on it in your collection. Good luck!

  12. April 12, 2012  8:54 pm by Jill Reply

    Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party and would love for you to share this!

  13. April 13, 2012  12:31 am by Lauryn Reply

    these are beautiful, i would love for you to come link up to the weekend party!
    {love} lauryn @

  14. April 13, 2012  10:50 am by bonniegetchell Reply

    These are so cute! Found you via The Grant Life: Financial Friday link up :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  15. April 13, 2012  8:29 pm by kingofsaving Reply

    Stopping by from the Anything Goes Linky!

  16. April 14, 2012  3:01 am by Michelle Reply

    These IKEA planters are on my Wish List!

  17. April 14, 2012  7:57 am by Crystal Donnelly Reply

    Fantastic idea. I love how you can put instructions right on the pots. Although I doubt that would help me since my thumb is anything but green :-)

  18. April 15, 2012  9:27 am by Maha Reply

    Love these! They are so cute! Good job!

  19. April 15, 2012  7:16 pm by Gillian Reply

    The labels make these planters even more adorable :) Great work!

  20. April 15, 2012  10:18 pm by Rose Reply

    Those are truly awesome I just love the idea. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up. can't wait to see what you share next week.
    Rose @

  21. April 16, 2012  9:27 am by Courtney Reply

    What cute pots! Good luck with keeping them, I love the idea of writing down when you watered them last.

  22. April 16, 2012  9:47 am by saynotsweetanne Reply

    These planters are so smart! I could totally see them labelled as table numbers/centerpieces at a shower or some other event. Great job! I would love if you would link up to Sweet Sharing Monday this week!

  23. April 16, 2012  12:18 pm by asthebunnyhops Reply

    I'm horrible with plants, too...but I love those planters!

  24. April 16, 2012  2:36 pm by Tamara @ etcetorize Reply

    Awesome idea. I need all the help I can get with plants, it's just not my thing. I like the watering date idea. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize~

  25. April 16, 2012  9:41 pm by Stacey Reply

    I totally love these! I want some!
    Thanks for linking up to the party this week - please come back again soon!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  26. April 17, 2012  7:51 am by Sarah Reply

    These are so cute! I love the idea of the chalkboard label. Great idea! I would love for you to share this at my link party

  27. April 17, 2012  11:08 am by Poppy Reply

    This is beautiful idea and I love your container.. they are so cute and lacey and looks stunning with the chalkboard labels:)Thanks for the inspiration!Visiting from Make it Great Monday party. Have a nice day!~Poppy

  28. April 17, 2012  3:40 pm by Angela @TheNotSoFunctionalHousewife Reply

    I don't have a green thumb either. I love flowers/plants, but I'm not so good at keeping them alive. lol I adore your planters!

  29. April 17, 2012  4:51 pm by Four Sisters Reply

    Those planters are so pretty - and even more so with the chalkboard labels!
    Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday!

  30. April 17, 2012  8:38 pm by DonnaWilkes Reply

    I love these planters. I am a new blogger and have stopped by a lot. I think the little chalk board labels are a cute idea - these would make great gifts. Thank you bunches for your party link page I use it several times a week. ( Well, the two weeks that I have been blogging!) HINT: Use succulents - you can't kill them even if you tried!

  31. April 17, 2012  9:05 pm by Claudine Reply

    I am horrible with plants, too...
    But I loved the planters and the idea!
    Maybe something I would write on them:
    DON'T YOU DIE!!!
    ANd YES, I a scared for them!

  32. April 17, 2012  10:22 pm by heather Reply

    Love your planters!
    new follower

  33. April 19, 2012  9:00 am by Sarah Reply

    Thanks so much for linking up over at The Winthrop Chronicles!

  34. April 19, 2012  4:43 pm by Rachel Reply

    I don't have a single plant indoors. But those cute planters make me want to get some. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesday.

  35. April 19, 2012  6:39 pm by Shannon Reply

    I love these!! I think they'd be fun for so many different things. So cute!


  36. April 20, 2012  4:50 am by Natasha Reply

    love these so cute

    Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday xxx

  37. April 20, 2012  2:30 pm by Amy Reply

    I would grow herbs in them and write what each of them were on the chalkboard. Great idea!

  38. April 21, 2012  11:03 am by thegunnysack Reply

    I love these! Now I just need to figure out a way to get a Silhouette of my own! I wanted to let you know that I featured these today! Come check it out

  39. April 21, 2012  8:31 pm by serendipityandspice Reply

    These are so cute! You're being featured. :)

  40. April 22, 2012  8:56 am by scrapgirl1467 Reply

    Great idea to label these pretty planters! I just bought a Silhoutte and haven't taken it out of the box yet, but I would love to make these labels. Maybe you can tell me how? I found you through Serandipity and Spice and as soon as I saw your blog I knew I would be subscribing.

  41. April 24, 2012  2:20 pm by Jill ~ Jillify It Reply

    Just a note to let you know that you have been featured on Jillify It!! Congratulations! :)


  42. July 29, 2012  11:49 am by Jen Reply

    Great minds do think alike! Your planters are lovely!

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  45. June 2, 2013  12:55 am by Lucy Reply

    I see this is an old post BUT I want people to know how easy it is to put holes in these pots. Get a (pointy) screwdriver and a hammer, turn the pot upside down and place the point of the screwdriver where you want a hole, and tap the top with the hammer. Voila, some holes!

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