Crafting with chalkboard paint
Chalkboard paint is more fun that I thought
I needed a gift for our monthly craft and quilt guild meeting. Every month someone brings a gift that we raffle off to make money for any guild purchases or to sponsor some cause. This is my month but it is difficult to decide what to take. Although all of us are crafters or quilters, not all of us do both.
Fortunately, I have Pinterest to help me along. Someone had pinned the chalkboard coasters and it seemed like the perfect gift. It's easy, quick, and guaranteed to please. Unfortunately, Pinterest has a search function so I typed in chalkboard. Now I am right back where I started. With the ideas shown here, I can't decide what I want to do so I guess I will have to make them all and then decide what to take later. .
Very cute idea and so simple
What you need to make the coasters
The 4 inch tiles can be picked up at any home improvement store. Some suggest that you prime the surface first and then paint. The first ones I made were not painted or glossy so I did not prime them.
Foam brushes are easy to use and clean. For the very porous surface of the terra cotta tiles I bought, the brush was very useful in filling in all the cracks and dips.
I used the black felt for backing of the tiles but if I were working with other colors of chalkboard paint, I would match them.
Making the coastersClick thumbnail to view full-size
Chalkboard wine glasses as place settings - These would be really cute with the coasters
Did you know...
that I thought all kids had chalkboards closet doors. It wasn't until I went to school that I discovered only the kids on my block had chalkboards on the closet doors. Apparently our parents shared the paint.
Make your own chalkboard paint
The blog gives gives the credit for this to the Martha Stewart website. However, "A Beautiful Mess" has additional suggestion on making the paint and pictures. I appreciate the time that went into creating the information on this site so that the "trial and error" portion has already been done for me. Making your own chalkboard paint is really very simple and the choice of colors is unlimited. Just follow the link to the tutorial.
Supplies for making your own paint. There are only two ingredients.
Apple Barrel paints has been my favorite for years and they have so many amazing colors.
I should have realized that the base of chalkboard paint was flat wall paint. After all, children through the ages have drawn on wall with not only pens and pencils but chalk as well.
Chalkboard clay pots
Those who do a lot of indoor planting or small patio planting (like me) have been known to forget what they put in the pots. It is also handy when you send the kid to get some herbs that he know which plant he needs to use. Besides, this is just a really clever idea.
Instructables has a complete tutorial on painting these jars. There are so many uses.
Don't forget the chalk
If you are like me, it is important to give complete gifts. With the coasters, I also added chalk. What good is a chalkboard gift if you can't use it?