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DIY: Chalkboard Planters

Add a fun twist to your bamboo steamers with black acrylic flat paint

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Photography: Alyssa Roxas

Without a doubt, chalkboard paint has taken over our homes! From accent walls to quirky cabinets—name it, many of us have already tried it. What's not to love, anyway? It gives the home a fun touch and it's perfect for our decorating must-dos. Those who are in the process of improving their gardens may also want to consider using a few coats of paint, some chalk, and bamboo steamers to create herb planters. Let the project below guide you:

What you need:

  • Bamboo steamer/dimsum basket
  • 1” paint brush
  • 1/2 pint of black acrylic flat paint
  • Colorful chalk
  • Your choice of herbs (Oregano, Parsley, and Rosemary)
  • Gardening tools

How-to:

1. Paint the outside of the steamer using one coat of black acrylic paint.

2. Let the paint dry completely before transferring the herbs into the bamboo steamer.

RL Tip: You can use two bamboo steamers stacked one on top of the other to achieve height and variation for your green corner. Remember to secure the stack using hot glue.

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3. Once you're done repotting your herbs, add labels using chalk. You can keep it simple with white chalk or make it extra playful with different colors.

Estimated Cost: P330 (using only one herb)

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  • Bamboo steamer/dimsum basket—P99 each for a 6’’-sized steamer, available at Pioneer Centre
  • 1” paint brush—P20
  • 1/2 pint of black acrylic flat paint—P120
  • Chalk—P12 for a box  of 12, available at National Bookstore
  • Herbs—P80 each (Oregano and Parsley), P180 (Rosemary), available at Marleina’s Farm, White Plains, Quezon City

Crafts by Jen Inumerable Suarez.

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