My daughter is about to celebrate her 2nd birthday, so I wanted to create an adorable photo for her invitations. DIY Chalkboards have been growing in popularity, since you can essentially learn how to make your own chalkboard from anything… including a wooden frame to a wine bottle, and create custom labeling for your activities.
To learn how to make a chalkboard, and get supplies I needed, I went to a couple different stores. At Hobby Lobby, I found chalkboard spray paint and these adorable wooden letters. At Walmart I found a wooden picture frame, and a cute painted wooden bird. I already had painters tape on hand. Or, you can probably find everything on Amazon, if you don’t feel like venturing out into the real world 😉
- Chalkboard spray paint
- Wooden picture frame, or other wooden surface
- Painters Tape
- Acrylic Paint (optional)
- Wooden Letters (optional)
- Wooden decorations (optional)
- Super glue (optional)
I started by taping off the edges of my picture frame, so I could spray paint the center.
Now it was time to spray paint! I put a coat on, waited about 10 minutes, then applied another coat. I probably could have used another 2 layers and it would have been a little better, but it did well enough for the job.
I removed the painter’s tape and applied a couple layers of inexpensive acrylic paint. I painted the wooden letters, then attached the letters and bird with super glue!
I remember seeing a post on how to apply paint dots, using a toothpick: simply dip the tip of the toothpick it in paint, and you will get a perfect decorative dot. I had to try it… I have to say that it worked wonderfully!
I am not inherently crafty, but this was a craft that I could pull off with ease. The chalkboard paint says to let it dry 24 hours before writing on it. I waited the 24 hours, then it was time for a photo shoot with my daughter.
All in all, I think I spent about 2 hours on this project. Half on the chalkboard, and half trying to convince my busy daughter to sit still and pose for the picture.
I should be able to use Walmart.com or shutterfly.com to create a pretty snazzy invitation. Then I will be able to hang her custom-made chalkboard in her room, so she can scribble and color on it.
- •Chalkboard spray paint
- •Wooden picture frame, or other wooden surface
- •Painters Tape
- •Acrylic Paint (optional)
- •Wooden Letters (optional)
- •Wooden decorations (optional)
- •Super glue (optional)
Have you ever used diy chalkboard paint for any activity? What did you make?
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