DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter

Guys, I’ve been really into posting DIY tutorials via my Instagram Stories. The only bummer, they disappear after 24 hours. A lot of times, I plan on taking “better” pictures for my blog, but I thought it would be fun to post the pictures I took for my last Instagram Story just to give you a glimpse of some of the fun I have on Instagram. Plus I think they tell the how-to story pretty well.

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I was inspired by the Smith & Hawken Planter I found at Target. I loved the look and wanted to have more, but frankly didn’t want to pay $20 bucks a pop. I figured I could easily make it and, I must say, I’m pretty happy with the results. It only takes three steps and costs just a fraction of the price.

DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter


  • Black chalkboard paint or a “chalk” paint like Americana Decor Ultra-Matte Paint in Carbon (Chalky finish)
  • Terra cotta pot & saucer
  • Paint brush
  • White chalk
  • Paper towel


DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter

  1. Paint your terra cotta pot. It may take two coats depending on your paint. Let dry.
    DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter
  2. You might like the look after you paint it, but I think there is something extra special if you distress it. And all you have to do is “chalk it up!” Just take your white chalk and rub it all over your pot.
    DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter
  3. Lastly, wipe off the chalk using your paper towel. You may want to make your towel slightly damp if you want to remove more of the chalk.

That’s it! I told you, just three steps and you have a designer pot.

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My pot in use as a spooky take on my DIY Pumpkin Topiary.

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And I also feature them on my  Ghostly Fall Tablescape.

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