Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gettin' Crafty ..DIY Chalkboard

I've been a little crafty this week, through no choice of my own. My son turned 6 years old on August 5th and I decided that I was going to take his birthday pictures myself. I came up with the bright idea to get one of those little chalkboards that kids used in school "back in the day" as a prop for one of the pictures. Easy peasy, right?

Apparently I am from the stone age because after searching through the 4th or 5th store, I was informed by the ever so helpful teenager that everyone uses dry erase now, so maybe I should switch to that. The thing is, dry erase just wasn't going to give me the look in the pictures that I wanted. So, now I was stuck, but I came up with a plan.

Through one of my whirl wind trips through Wal-Mart, I grabbed a $1.50 5x7 black frame and hurried home. This is what I came up with..

Chalkboard paint
Small paint roller
Rolling sponge (the ones used for furniture that are for very smooth finishes)
Chalk (which is becoming a little scarce, too)

This was a relatively cheap project because I had everything in my possession except the frame. If you have to purchase Chalkboard paint it can be a little pricey, but think of all the other uses for it..for me, it's a staple in my craft cabinet..but I'm weird that way.

To begin, take the frame apart, and take the glass out and lay it on a flat surface. Take care not to get cut! Cheap frames have very jagged glass, in my experience.

Roll a thin coat of the paint on the glass and let dry. I had to do this 3 times to completely cover the glass so I couldn't see through it.

After it was dry, I put the frame back together.
Then I got some ribbon and cut it to the length I wanted and stapled it to the back of the frame and tied it together at the top and.. Voila

Easy, Cheap, & Fast Chalkboard...

(In case you're wondering, I'm not a magician, it's hanging on a mirror..not levitating..bummer, I know.)

Friday, I'll show you what I did with it in the photos.

Have A Happy Wednesday!

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