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Thursday, February 17, 2011

DIY Thursday - Chalkboards!

Hi Everyone!

I am completely obsessed with a new blog, well new to me!  Sparkle and Hay is a wedding blog that likes to focus on rustic themed events.  She also has some AMAZING DIY projects that I asked to share and she said YES!
I especially loved this project.  You could do it in many shapes and sizes and for various uses.  OK...enough talking, more sharing!

1) Mix the paint.  WELL.  Cannot stress this enough - the thicker the better (and the less coats you will have to do, I did have to do 2-3 coats on some earlier test pieces)
2) Be ready to get a bit messy.  Cover the surface space you are working on with newsprint or paper, remember you are painting here, and will be holding the piece, but often times dripping will occur.
3) Evenly paint the wooden shape - brush out any bubbles.  Let the piece set and dry for about 30 minutes (so it is dry to the touch).
4) Paint edges and re-coat top layer (if needed) or flip and paint other side (if you want two sided) but be sure to always have 1 side dry enough to put it down on the paper.  If you place a wet side down the paper will stick and when you lift the finished shape up it will have shreds of paper on it (not pretty).

And that's really it!  Add whatever fastener you want - in this case a hot glue gun was used to attach one of the mini clothespins.  Note: tacky glue or super glue works just as well.

Suzanna March Photography  helped her with these awesome photos! 

So cute huh?  I think I could use them as place cards, you could use them for decor, welcome signs, table cards ( to label the food and such) and so many other uses.  There are so many great ideas over on Sparkle and Hay, please check her out!  I love her blog!

Nite Everyone!

1 comment:

  1. What a fun idea, Serena! Think about the wooden shape section at the craft store! So much potential for lots of themes!