Framed Chalkboard

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The interwebs has so many fun and creative ideas for signage. I used to think dry erase boards were so fancy. You’d hang it up on the wall with the magnetic marker that would stick to the board and some of them even came with half of a cork board for pinning notes and pictures as well. These days, were way past cork and dry erase boards for writing cute notes to our loved ones, leaving a list of “to do’s” for the next day or even leaving a motivational quote for a quick reminder that you are awesome and life is good.

One style ofΒ  board that has become very popular is chalkboards. I still don’t quite understand the hype with chalkboards, but I do sort of like the look of them. Now the craft stores even have a chalk marker that makes writing on the boards look neater, in my opinion at least. Only thing I dislike about chalk markers, is when you go to erase the previous writing, it will sometimes leave a shadow of the lettering behind, so be careful when choosing to use the markers vs the chalk.

I personally love the framed chalkboard look. This was such a fast project to make and very inexpensive. Just another cute craft idea using old picture frames for great decor around the house. πŸ™‚

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Total Time: 30 Minutes-1 Day

Mise en Place:

  • 1 Picture frame (Size of your choice, Pictured above is an 8×10) *Also found frame from the thrift store, if looking to not spend a lot of money πŸ™‚
  • Flat White Primer (I used the Rustoleom Brand, in the aerosol can found at Home Depot)
  • Black Chalkboard Paint (See above)
  • 1 Large Paint Brush
  • Newspaper

Method of Prep:

  • Remove the glass from the picture frame, set frame aside.
  • Working on top of the newspaper, first clean the glass of any dirt then dry completely. Once dry, spray on primer. Let dry for 20 minutes then spray on a second coat and allow to sit overnight. (If in a rush to finish this in one day, just make sure primer is completely dry based off instructions on primer bottle before turning to the next step).
  • After primer has sat for a bit, paint on the first coat of chalkboard paint. Allow to dry completely and then add on a second coat. (Be sure to paint in the same direction for both coats. You will see paint brush lines left behind once dry, there’s nothing to really change that as far as I’m aware and wont effect the writing on the board at all).
  • After chalkboard paint has dried, you can now reassemble your picture frame and being to write on it as you please.
  • Enjoy!
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**Note: If you’ve never worked with chalkboard paint or primer before, please be sure to read the instructions on the bottles before using them to make sure you are using the right brand that will work on glass, how to use and how long drying time may take.

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Floral Monogram Letter

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Part of bringing this blog back to life was the plan to include some of my other interests into the posts, non food related, to give me readers inspiration outside of cooking.

I’m sure most of ya’ll use, if not know about pinterest and how UH-MAZING it is. I spend more than enough time during my days off to plan out my next few projects to get me through the month. Going to the craft store has basically become a weekly routine. Instead of spending time in the gym to get fit for the summer, I get my exercise from walking up and down the isles at Jo Ann Fabrics plotting out what I want to invest my time and money into for the next pinterest encouraged project. I’m starting to get real good at crafting and soon I might try to sell some of my products…all depends on the feedback from my readers, so please let me know what you think!

This project was presented to me during a baby shower I worked back in January. The Event Coordinator took the time to make a monogram letter of the first initial for the soon to be baby girls name made from cardboard, which she then covered in scrapbook paper and decorated with artificial flowers. The letter wasΒ  displayed as a center piece for the dessert table. I loved to appearance of this activity that I had to replicate it at home to use for decor in the house. When you live in an apartment, you need as much flare as possible to make the place look cute.

This project is a wonderful gift idea for a close girlfriend or to use for decor at a wedding/baby or bridal shower.

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Total Time: 1 hour-ish

Mise en Place:

-1 Cardboard monogram letter of choice, size is up to you.

-Artificial flowers of choice (eye ball how many you will need based on side of letter. for this large letter I used 4 different flower types with approximately 2 per bunch.)

-1 Push pin or thumb tack

-Scrap book paper of choice (optional)

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Method of Prep:

-First remove the head of each flower for the stems of the bunch. They should all easily pull off. Throw stems and leaves out.

-Starting from the top of the letter and working your way down, take the pin and punch 4 holes in a circle that will eventually open up a hole large enough to pop in the flower bud. Alternate different flowers and continue this motion all the way around the letter until complete. (This will tire your hands out quickly so give yourself breaks if you have to.)

-Once finished, turn letter around and using hot glue, cover the back and or sides with scrap paper for an added effect. This step isn’t necessary, it just adds a nicer effect to the blank areas such as the back of the letter that didn’t get covered.

-Display for decor. Enjoy!

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