Saturday, March 23, 2013

Homemade Chalkboard

Spring is now here, and because I have a seasonal niche to decorate, I needed to get my St. Patrick's Day decor down. Besides, all the chocolate from my pot of gold was gone!

I devised a plan, for my Spring decorations, that incorporated paper flowers, butterflies, and a homemade chalkboard! After all, chalkboards seem to be a rage right now. Now, I have to admit that I like instant results, and sometimes I have to do a lot of tweaking because I don't follow directions. The lack of direction following does not often work in my favor. I'll tell you how I made my chalkboard, and then I'll tell you how you should make yours.

My shortcuts for this chalkboard included foam board (I didn't feel like asking my husband to cut a  wood board and thought I could easily cut this with a razor knife), Martha Stewart chalkboard paint, and foam rollers (I'm cheap!). I purchased everything from the craft store. If this was more than temporary seasonal decor, I would purchase the supplies from the hardware store instead of the craft store.

First of all, the foam board warps terribly with chalkboard paint. Second, I can't tell you for certain if Martha's product is awesome, because I didn't wait the suggested 24 hour curing time. My 24 hours meant the next morning. Martha's chalkboard paint did leave glossy finish, which I don't care for, and I used foam rollers so I did not get a really smooth surface. The directions say to prime the surface with chalk, and that resulted in a lot of surface scratches. So, get yourself piece of smooth, real wood, and the proper roller for a smooth finish. Follow the directions on the can, and wait the 24hours, even if you have to hide your project from yourself.

I popped my chalkboard painted foam board into my 12" x 16" frame, and straightened out the warping by nailing a paint stick across the back side. At least I'm inventive enough to fix my mistakes! I didn't even consult my husband! Probably because he would just laugh and shake his head.

Let the decorating begin! I wrote on my new homemade chalkboard with colored chalk. Then I used white chalk and colored directly onto some rubber stamps and stamped them on the board. The cool thing is, if you don't get a good image, you can erase it! I found that solid images worked best.

I added some Designer Series Paper, a paper flower, and some butterflies using glue dots. I love to make paper flowers! Be sure to check back so I can share more Spring decorating ideas with you, and show you how to make paper flowers.
Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamps: Everything Eleanor, and Bloomin' Marvelous (retired Sale-a-Bration set)
  • Paper:
    • Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (from the Spring Mini Catalog)
    • So Saffron card stock
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die
    • Bitty Butterfly punch (Spring Mini Catalog)

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