Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Easy Chalkboards

Eric and I just got engaged recently (does 2 months still count as recent?).  That being said, you'll probably see more things related to wedding stuff in Rad Linc Crafts. One of which are these little chalkboards.  We plan on using these little chalkboards for a variety of things such as a fun way to do our "Save the Date" cards, also as a prop for a photo booth, and to label things for our wedding.  Other uses for them might be a message board on a door, or a menu planning board.  The best part about them are how easy they are to make.


- Pre-cut wood shapes. (tho, if you want to cut your own shapes with a scrollsaw, I say do it!)
- chalkboard paint
- other paint for border (optional).

Here's how:

1.  Paint chalkboard paint on the wood shapes.  Let dry for a couple of hours (or an hour might be sufficient), and put on another coat.  I found that using a rag, to put the coat of paint on reduces the amount of lines left by the paint brush.  I think you might use a bit more paint, but I really wanted a smooth surface.

2.  Once the chalkboard paint is dry, paint the borders (optional).

See, I told you it was easy. :)  


Emily said...

Very cute! I haven't used the chalkboard paint, but I did make "roll up" chalk boards from chalkboard fabric once...

Fe said...

Thanks Emily. I didn't know they had chalkboard fabric. *rubbing hands together* :)

Emily said...

It's very fun- I just cut out rectangles of the fabric used a sewing machine to zigzag sew it onto 8 1/2 x 11" sheets of that thin craft foam stuff. Very easy and fast. Attach a little baggie of chalk and you have instant kid gift (great for birthdays, Christmas, party favors, etc) or entertainment for pretty cheap.

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