I am always looking for ways to reduce my consumption and waste. Even though it seems small, I hate using a fresh piece of paper every time I need to write a quick note. That’s why I love these little chalkboard notepads. Not only are they reusable, but they are just so darned cute!
To make them you’ll need a small piece of wood. I bought 6″x6″x1/8″ wood panels at an art supply store. Generally, these are used by painters to make art, so you can find them with the canvases and other art boards.
You’ll need to be able to hang the chalkboard, so measure your board and decide where the holes should go. I made my holes 3/4″ from the top of the board and 1 1/2″ from the sides.
Drill the holes on the front (the chalkboard side) of the board. I used a 3/16″ bit.
Prime the front of the board. As you can see from my photos, I forgot to drill my holes first before priming. I would recommend drilling then priming; it will give you a neater finished product.
Wait for the primer to completely dry. Then apply chalkboard paint with a brush or roller. I found that you need about four coats.
To class up my chalkboard, I used 3/16″ grommets to finish the holes. Wedge them in while the last coat is still drying; the paint will act as an adhesive since the grommets will be too short to attach to the backside.
On another chalkboard I used brass fasteners found in an office supply store. Wait until the paint is completely dry and you’ve finished the backside before attaching.
Since the back of the chalkboard wasn’t so pretty I decided to cover it with a piece of fabric. You could also paint both sides or glue paper instead.
Using the hole punch that came with my grommets I made holes in the appropriate places. If you don’t have a grommet maker, just make a slit in the fabric using scissors or a utility knife.
Using decoupage glue or acrylic gel medium, paint the back of the board.
Then, place the fabric on top and paint again. The fabric may stretch a little, so once it’s dry you can trim the edges.
Attach a string or ribbon. On the board with grommets I simply tied the ribbon so the board could hang from a loop.
On the board with brass fasteners I used two pieces of ribbon so the ends would be open.
Having both styles will open up the options on where they can be hung.
The style with the loop can be hung on anything protruding. This one is used on the dishwasher.
It can also be put on a doorknob or hook.
The board with the open ended ribbon can be hung just about anywhere. Put your shopping list right on the refrigerator door.
It can also be used as a place card on the back of a chair.
Once you make these chalkboards they can be used again and again. Plus, they just make a nice decoration!
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