DIY Chalkboard Garden Signs

After I saw these garden tags at Pottery Barn, I wanted them.

pottery barn flower markers

But after I saw the price ($39.00 for 3), I knew I couldn’t have them. Therefore, I decided to make my own, and now they have found a happy little home in my garbage pail herb garden as well as our veggie garden.


How did I create them and how much did they cost? Pennies, compared to the Pottery Barn tags. I found these Rapiclip garden stakes at our local garden store for $2.99 for a 4-pack. Score. To create the above chalkboard signs, all you need is the stakes, chalkboard spray paint (I used Krylon black chalkboard spray paint), old newspaper and chalk – that’s it!

Then, follow these super simple  and easy steps:

1.) Gently remove the blank rectangular tag of metal from the wire frame

chalkboard garden-stake-step-1

2.) Place each tag outside on old newspaper

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3.) Prep area for spray painting (if it’s windy outside, make sure your newspaper is secure)

4.) Spray paint the tags using Chalkboard spray paint – make sure you evenly coat the tags with paint


5.) Let the first coat of spray paint dry

6.) Spray the tags again (you’ll notice my high-tech paper weights in the below picture – HA!)

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7.) Let the tags dry AT LEAST 24 hours (especially before using chalk on them). Then, carefully slide the tags back on the wire frame.

8.) Label the tags accordingly and then place in your garden

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9.) ENJOY!

Now if I only had the perfect recipe for making my garden grow…

19 thoughts on “DIY Chalkboard Garden Signs

  1. derek Said:

    I second that – really cool. We are looking to do something similar to this with our Garden. We have our chalkboard paint we just need to find the garden stakes. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Kara Said:

    I LOVE this idea!! I am so going to try this!

  3. Kim Paiement Said:

    Just did tried doing this this morning, waiting for it to try and then hopefully it will turn out as well as yours did :)

    1. kirsten Said:

      Knowing you, I’m sure they will turn out fab! You are such a loyal visitor Kim – I LOVE it. Thank you!

    2. Kim Paiement Said:

      Clearly I didn’t proof read my comment before I left it. Oops :)

  4. Tracey Said:

    This is such a great idea….love it!!!! Trying it too! Thanks for sharing it.

    1. kirsten Said:

      You’ll have to send me a pic of your new garden signs – happy creating!

  5. Sarah Said:

    Adding these to my garden ‘to-do’ list. Thanks for inspiration! :)

    1. kirsten Said:

      Of course! Thanks for checking out RS!

  6. Jennifer Said:

    These turned out SO CUTE! Great PB knock-off!

  7. Melissa Said:

    Now I want an herb garden just to use these garden signs. I’m going to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ashley Said:

    I Love these signs and would love to make them for my new garden, but I can’t find the Rapiclip garden stakes that you mentioned anywhere. Where did you get them?

    1. kirsten Said:

      I picked them up at our local garden store, Garden Fever. I can check and see if they have any more in stock for you!

    2. Ashley Said:

      Oh you are too sweet! I am down here in Southern California though, that would be quite a drive. Thanks so much for the offer. I’ll keep searching my local stores and see what I can come up with :)

  9. Heather Said:

    does the chalk stay on in the rain and sun?

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  12. Lyds Said:

    Wow! Found your amazing website while looking for “herb garden signs.” I will definitely try to make my own garden signs, the way you did yours. It is exactly what I was looking for (garden signs in which to write down your own plant names). I’m a fan of this site now. Thanks a bunch!


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