Make Chalkboard Garden Markers with Blinds Slats

Abigail Sawyer | 13 May 2014 | DIY Projects

Recycling has become so ingrained in our lives, that it’s puzzling when things can’t be recycled easily. If you’ve recently upgraded your window coverings, you may feel guilty sending a house full of blinds to the landfill.


To go a little greener, you can take aluminum blinds to a scrap metal yard or recycling center, and faux wood or wood blinds are gladly accepted at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore. Before you donate them all, save one set to upcycle into chalkboard garden markers.

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Chalkboard Garden Makers Made With Blinds Slats

What You Need:

Chalkboard Paint


Aluminum or wooden blinds slats cut to 6″-12″ lengths


Chalkboard garden marker from blinds slat supplies

How to Make Garden Markers with Recycled Blinds

1. Use scissors to cut blinds cords and remove slats. With tin snips or a small saw, cut slats to 6″-12″ lengths.

2. Paint slats with 2 coats for chalkboard paint and allow to dry for several hours.

Chalkboard garden marker from blinds slat paint

3. Once dry, use chalk to write your herb, veggie or fruit name on the slat.

Chalkboard garden marker from blinds slat write

4. Insert your marker into potted plants or garden rows. Erase with damp cloth and use your markers year after year.

Chalkboard garden marker from blinds slat plant

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw