CHALKBOARD CANVAS

The motivation to get stuff done around the house has slowed to a halt.  Not sure if it’s the weather, the weather, or the weather.  I’m pretty sure though that it’s the weather:)  Projects around here require scavenging almost every shed during the process, so getting the motivation to bundle up and head outside for everything I need just seems like too much work.  I have been working on a few projects for our Women’s Retreat coming up at church though and I’d thought I’d show one, cause it’s super fun and super easy.  Win. Win.

I saw this picture on the blog, My Sweet Savannah, and fell in love.  Possibly cause it’s chalkboard:)

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I read her blog on how to make it and found out she used the botanical Ikea print she had bought and never hung up, and painted it with chalk paint.

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That was a problem, cause I didn’t have a botanical print, and I think they were more money than I’d choose to spend.  If I remember correctly I think it was around $30.  Granted you’d get 2 chalkboards out of the deal, it still wasn’t as cost effective as I wanted.  That’s when I found this….

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CHALK CLOTH!!

Amazing.

It’s currently out of stock, surprise!  But it’s on Fabric.com for $8.80 a yard.    I ordered it and it’s a great product.  1.) You don’t have to paint anything (bonus) 2.)  It’s thick.  3.)  You can cut it to whatever size you want.

So, here’s what I came up with..

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I made these smaller than the original ones, they are about 16″x24″.  They work great for the signs we needed for the conference, hence the reason this one says “Discussion Session” :)

They are so easy though.  I started by cutting the fabric to size.  Then I went out to the shed and found a piece of old barnwood.  If you don’t have barnwood, you can use a 1×4 pine piece of wood that you cut in half.  I cut these pieces of wood down to 2″ wide and 16″ long.  I then hot glued the fabric on the back first and then stapled it.

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Then I added jute to the top.  I knotted the ends and hot glued and then stapled above the knot so it couldn’t pull off.

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After that you prime the fabric by rubbing chalk all over it and wiping it with a dry cloth.  This gives it the “worn in look” and then you get to decorate!

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I’m excited to use these again and again and just switch out the chalk art.

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Oh, and I’m going to have some stocked in Whimsy, so if you’d rather buy one than make one…come on over:)

Happy Crafting!  I’m off this weekend for our conference!! I can’t wait!

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  1. They sell the chalkboard fabric at Crafts Direct in Waite Park now :)

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