For Thanksgiving, I pulled out my crafty hat to try my hand at making mini chalkboards so each person in my family could write what they were thankful for on their own chalkboard that they could then take home with them. I was so pleased with the results, I had to share them here! These are not limited to Thanksgiving usage and are a great thing to have around for kids for everyday inspiration. For upcoming holidays you could use them to leave notes for Santa or write New Year’s resolutions.
What you’ll need:
- Craft wood shapes (I used 3″ circles, 25 cents each at my local big box craft store)
- Chalkboard spray paint
- Black elastic cording (amount depends on size of your chalkboard, for mine I used about 5″ per board)
- Seasonal accents for decorating boards
- Cordless drill
1. Drill small holes in the top of each shape (big enough for two layers of the cording to fit through).
2. Lay out shapes on a surface you don’t mind getting spray paint on in a well-ventilated area.
3. Spray the shapes with chalkboard paint (I actually used a base of non-chalkboard paint, I don’t know if this really helped or not as I ended up doing three coats of the chalkboard paint), letting dry between coatings.
4. Once shapes have the desired amount of chalkboard paint on them (2-3 coats) and are completely dry, prepare the chalkboards by rubbing all over with chalk and wiping clean.
5. Attach your desired decoration to the chalkboard by looping the elastic through the hole you drilled and hooking the decoration, pulling it tight to the top of the chalkboard.
6. Tie cut ends of the elastic together and pull around to the front of the board, tucking a piece of chalk under the elastic.
7. Use your imagination for what you will write on your boards with your kids… leave notes for them in the bathroom, have them draw pictures while waiting for dinner or give them away to friends with birthday presents for a personal touch.
I have no in-process photos because it’s rather difficult to take photos while you are spray painting, drilling and tying elastic, but I do have some pretty pics of the end results to share with you, as you can see, the possibilities are many!