I like to get ready for Christmas early, mostly because so much of what I give is handmade and I need the extra time!
I saw some cute chalkboards at a local home decor shop last year. They were Christmas themed and adorable - which they should have been for $50 each!
I filed the idea away for this year and started picking up cheap (but chunky!) frames at the thrift store and at garage sales late this summer.
Once I had a few, I got started.
Here they are - BEFORE.
(this was actually my second group, I did a couple before this to see how they would work out)
First, I removed the glass and pictures inside. Then I used needle nose pliers to take out the staples.
I taped off any portion of the frame that I did not want painted (many of these were gold, and since my color scheme was red and gold, it worked out to tape some off.)
Then I spray painted everything with Rustoleum's Colonial Red.
Most took 2 coats, some took 3.
When they were dry I removed the tape and added some decorative painting with gold craft paint.
I'm not much of a painter, so most of my decor was polka dots, lol!
I started out using hardboard, one of my favorite crafting supplies, for the chalkboard portion. Eventually, though, I did use the back of a few pictures, since they were sturdy and already cut to size.
In the past I've always used spray chalkboard paint, but recently I picked up another type at JoAnn's.
I don't love it as much as the spray on kind, but it worked okay. It took a lot more time, (and several coats!) but seems like it will last longer than the spray did.
Once the chalkboards were dry and the frames were complete, I broke out the Gorilla Glue.
In my crafting I use 4 adhesives. Hot glue, if the project might need to be taken apart later and/or doesn't require a 100% permanent bond. Liquid Nails, if I'm gluing wood to a wall or if I'm gluing a particularly large area that will have plenty of time to set up. Quick Grip, if I need something that will set up in a hurry and/or I want something that will last forever.
Gorilla Glue, if it's a small area that needs to be bonded fast and strong.
For this project, I used Gorilla's Super Glue.
I ran a bead of glue around the channel that the chalkboard would sit in, and used it to attach the chalkboard.
It requires a bit of time to set up, and a few of my chalkboards (the ones that were the backs of pictures before!) were bowed and needed some pressure to set up.
My colander full of fruit with a teapot perched on top was the perfect solution.
Keepin' it real, friends!
In the end, I have a beautiful collection of Christmas chalkboards :)
And they only cost me...
an average of $2 per frame,
plus $3 for the chalkboard paint and $4 for the spray paint. I estimate the cost of each finished chalkboard at less than $4. LOVE it!
The amazing Chalk Ink works best on these, of course. I bought a package at my local craft store (with a 40% off coupon, of course) the other night. They are pricey! I'll probably give a marker with most of the chalkboards, but not all. Even with the coupon they come out to a little more than $2 per marker.
I plan to give the chalkboards (with or without markers) as gifts to neighbors, teachers and a few others.
Including one of YOU!
Leave a comment to be entered. If you're a follower you will automatically get an extra entry.I'm going to leave the contest open through the 11th. Is that excessive? This is my first giveaway, and I can't recall how long people usually leave them open...
11 is my favorite number. 11/11 is my favorite date. So it seems like good energy to close my contest that day :)
I'll be linking up to as many parties as I can between now and then, to get the word out!
Starting with Ashley and Whitney's Gorilla Clue Party!
Also linking to Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage!
And DIY Day at ASPTL's new digs!
And the "I Can Make That" party at Just a Girl