Using Mini Chalkboard Signs in Flower Pots
As the end of the school year approached for my children, I was looking for a lasting gift to give the teachers…the many teachers between the two of them! I wanted something simple, beautiful and easy to reproduce. I decided upon potted flowers with a chalkboard sign, complete with a piece of chalk and beautiful, silk ribbon bows!
I chose a sampling of flowers potted in a 4” temporary plastic container, so that the teachers could repot if they chose to do so. I covered the plastic container with coordinating paper, securing with glue dots.
Attaching the chalk to the sign was clean and easy-it is based off a macramé knot. I chose to work with ¼” silk, as the line is available in many colors and I was able to match all of the flowers.
- I cut ~1/2 yard of the silk and made a loop at the top of the chalk.
- I then tightly wrapped the silk ribbon around the chalk and the loop of ribbon, until I reached the top of the loop.
- Then I made a knot and pulled the ribbon tight, securing the chalk to the ribbon.
- I trimmed the excess ribbon at the end of the knot, which left a trail of ribbon on the other end.
I tied a single bow under the base of the chalkboard sign found at a mass-retailer craft store and tucked that into the flowers.
To finish the gift, I made a large bow just underneath the lip of the container of the flower with coordinating silk ribbon in the 1.25” width. Before securing the bow, I tucked the chalk in so it had someplace to rest while not in use.
Here’s another finished version with a different type of flower. I chose to work with the purple in the silk ribbon line to correspond with the colors of the flowers.
The silk ribbon makes beautiful bows and is very forgiving-you don’t have to be perfect in your attempt! Not only do these make great teacher gifts, I think they would make amazing wedding centerpieces as well! Include the table number on the chalkboard sign! These Chalkboard Sign Flower Pots would be awesome as a housewarming gift as well, include the address on your sign, or the recipient’s last name.
By Karen Baker
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