Christmas is just around the corner and your kids may already be thinking about their list for Santa. Since these lists can change frequently, it is probably best to keep a list on a chalkboard where changes can be easily erased and rewritten. Of course, this could be a wish list for mom and dad too! It never hurts to put a few hints down in writing.
This chalkboard craft is easy to do and is a fun decorative accent to keep out during the holiday season. It can either be hung on a wall or kept on a table top easel. You can use this to make an actual wish list or to make a list of words like love, joy and hope. It all depends on if you want it used over and over or want it to be purely decorative.
A decorative vintage picture frame would be great to use for this craft. Otherwise, you can purchase a picture frame like I did. You will want a frame that is wide enough to handle some extra embellishments.
Here are the easy instructions:
- 8 1/2″ x 11″ picture frame
- chalkboard frame
- paint brush
- game board letter tiles
- pine cones
- cap to a small spray bottle
- acrylic paint
- glossy varnish
- glamour dust
- E6000 craft glue
1. Paint over the glass, from your picture frame, with chalkboard paint. Apply about three thin coats allowing to dry at least an hour between coats. Let cure for at least a day after the final coat. Rub chalk over the surface of the paint as a final step to prepare the surface for writing with chalk. Wipe the chalk off with a clean rag, smoothing it into the paint as you wipe.
2. Between coats of paint, work on your embellishments. I used vintage game tiles to spell out my words “List For Santa” at the top of the frame. You can also use old Scrabble tiles or purchase letter tiles from the craft store. Apply these with E6000 craft glue.
3. Glue two pine cones to the bottom corner of the frame, add a berry or other embellishment to the center for some color. Once the glue is dry, apply some snow-tex to kind of anchor the pine cones and add a little winter to the scene. Use a small paint brush or putty knife to apply the snow-tex. Let dry for a couple of hours.
4. Take your small spray bottle cap and paint it with acrylic paint. This will work great as a chalk holder. Once the paint is dry, mix your gloss varnish and glamour dust together and paint this mixture over the paint. The result is a sparkly sheen. Glue the cap to the opposite bottom corner of the frame from the pine cones. Apply some snow-tex to the bottom of the cap and let dry for a couple of hours.
You now have a decorative chalkboard that is all ready for recording a list for Santa!
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