As simple as they are, chalk boards are ALWAYS a hit with kids. Something about writing on the board with those colorful pieces of chalk, maybe it’s the sound of the chalk on the board, or the fact that chalk boards were used only by teachers, or at least they used to be. Now almost every classroom has a smart board. Whatever the reason, they’re loads of fun and simple to make.
Here’s what you need for this project.
- Wood Board
- Sand paper
- Chalk board paint in Black, purple and Blue (sold at Walmart, and arts and crafts stores like the Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and A.C.Moore)
- 3 Sponge brushes
- Masking tape
Prep your piece of wood by sanding it smooth. We used a 10” x 8 ½ piece of scrap plywood, but you really can use any piece of wood you’d like. Arts and craft stores like Michaels sell all sorts of wooden pieces in different shapes and sizes so have fun with it.
I drilled a hole in corner of the chalk board because I’m going to hang it with twine when it dries. If you do not own a drill however, you can use saw tooth picture frame hooks instead. And while this is a ‘power tool’, its still safe enough for kids to learn how to carefully and safely work with it under your supervision.
If you’re using different colored chalk board paint, then tape off your chalk board before you begin to paint in order to get clean lines. If however you’re using just one color, you can skip this step and go straight to painting. Give each color two coats and let dry between each coat.
Once your chalk board is dry, it’s time to prep your chalk board with a piece of chalk. What you do is, using the sides of the chalk, you rub the chalk all over the chalk board and then wipe it off with a dry cloth.
If you drilled holes in each corner of your chalk board like I did, now is the time to loop the twine through those holes making a knot on the front of each hole.
Or attach your saw tooth picture frame hook to the back of your chalk board with a hammer.
That’s it, You’re done!
These can be hanged on your childs door, or wall. They’re perfect for writing little notes and reminders to and from your child, playing school, tic tac toe, hang man etc…
Please share your pictures with us if you try this project, and if you have any questions or comments we’d love to hear them. We promise to get back to you as soon as we can J
Until next time…Happy Crafting!