What? You didn’t know that “chalkboard” was in? JK, I know it is all over the place. But I got some fun clear chalkboard paint and I had to try it out. Because a lime green chalkboard frame is AWESOME!!
So today I am sharing how I made this bright and fun frame that is a chalkboard making it so that you can switch out your picture AND the saying surrounding it! Or even let your kiddos doodle around it to make it their own and match the picture you put inside.
I had a blank frame that I got for really cheap because it was missing it’s glass. It had been sitting around for a while just collecting dust, so I knew it was perfect for this project. The rest of the frame was all from “stuff laying around” my house. You bet my hubby was excited to see this stuff actually go to use for once!!
I collected a bunch of fabric scraps, my hot glue gun, and some other accessories to bling up my frame. More on that in a minute.
So i painted the frame bright lime green, and LOVE it. But once it was dry, I put on 2 coats of the Americana Clear Coat chalkboard paint. Make sure one coat is horizontal and then an hour later, paint the second coat vertical. Then don’t touch it for 24 hours. I know, it’s HARD. But if I can do it, you can too!
After the 24 hours of dry time, you will want to condition your frame. To do this, take a piece of chalk and hold it on the side. then cover the entire frame with it until fully covered. Then wipe it off and your chalkboard is ready to go!
Ok, now onto embellishing it. I decided to do pinwheels because, well, their awesome!! So I cut 4 4-inch squares out of different coordinating fabrics. 2 of them will go back to back. On 2 of the sheets I ironed on some fabric stabilizer and then glued them to the back of their matching other half. Then trim any fabric that is peeking out thru the other side.
Then cut from each corner into the center, about 3/4 inch from the middle.
Use your hot glue gun to pull one corner from each cut section into the center. Fold one at a time and hold in place until the glue cools (using the back end of a pencil will save your fingers from being burned!) Then move onto the next corner! Once they are all folded in, I covered the corners and glue with a coordinating button!
I glued a matching paper straw onto the back of the pinwheel and again using the hot glue gun I put it on the front of the frame.
Write on your frame with chalk and display for everyone to see!!
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