Tutorial: Winter Framed Chalkboard

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The CSI Project

I recently started following the CSI Project – “Create Something Inspiring.”  Last week, they featured one of my tutorials on their site to gear up for the “Favorite Project of 2012 Challenge.” This week, the challenge theme is “Winter Crafts and Decor” and I’ve been thinking all week what I could do for the project.  While I had a few ideas throughout the week (including a super cute “winter” sign I wanted to make), my issue was the budget.  I am getting ready to move (again), and if you’ve never done it before, moving is EXPENSIVE.  Especially if you are breaking your lease and taking a job that cuts your income by a fourth. (But having a job I enjoy will be worth it.)  Anyway, with the move scheduled for February 8, I’m really trying not to spend the little money I have.  Thus, I couldn’t justify buying craft supplies.

Yesterday, however, it hit me.  I have all the supplies I need to make the PERFECT project.

Shopping List

  • picture frame (Walmart $4.00)
  • blue and white paint
  • white glitter
  • glitter puffy paint and/or silver puffy paint
  • chalkboard paint (Lowes)
  • mod podge

Step One: Take the frame apart and paint it completely with blue paint (I mixed mine with white to create a softer wintery blue).

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Step Two:  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the white glitter onto your blue frame.

Step Three: I then used puffy paint to add glitter polka dots to my frame.  Also, using the puffy paint, I painted simple snowflakes onto wax paper, allowed it to dry overnight, and then peeled the snowflakes off to glue to my chalkboard. For now, paint the snowflakes and let them set.

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Step Four: Now we’re to the kind-of-tricky part.  Chalkboard paint.

I’ve read online that the spray kind of chalkboard paint will adhere to glass. The last time I used spray paint, however, I ended up in bed the next day with a migraine (too many fumes, is my theory, even though I did it outside!), so I prefer to use the canned variety.  Yes, if you use a brush you can see the brush strokes. However, invest in a $3 foam roller, and you will be fine.

That said, the first coat of chalkboard paint went on as I expected — it definitely needed a few more coats.

IMG_1324Here is where I ran into trouble, and this very nearly turned into a Craft Fail kind of project!  When I went to put on my second coat, the paint began to separate from the glass, forming a lot of cracks and in general, a wet mess.  I then realized that my can of chalkboard paint says nothing about adhering to glass. Sooo…

However, being the determined little craftster I am, I wandered around my apartment for a minute, looking for alternative surfaces.  I wanted to enter this CSI Project Challenge, GD!

The paint can lists cardboard as one of the surfaces that this paint can be applied to, so lacking cardboard, I went with cardstock.  First, I applied a thin, even coat of mod podge to the glass surface.  It’s important to make sure the entire glass is coated, or you will see the paper begin to bubble up in sections.  I actually even had to flip the glass over and apply paper to the backside, as my first attempt ran into the bubble problem.  Anyway, after the paper was glued down and I had let it dry a few minutes, I repainted the surface with the chalkboard paint.

IMG_1344After three coats, it was good to go!  I then glued my puffy-paint snowflakes to the chalkboard and inserted the whole thing back into the frame.  I hot-glued the back cardboard piece to the sides of the frame (I had pried it off before I started), and my chalkboard is complete!  Easy, cute and very WINTERY!

Next time, I’d like to try using galvanized sheet metal (apparently you can buy this at Lowes in the plumbing section) to create a MAGNETIC chalkboard.  If you do that, again I’d recommend either using the spray paint chalkboard paint (not sure how this would do on metal) OR I have read that you can spray paint the metal with a metal primer and then paint the chalkboard paint on top.  But that project is for another day!

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10 thoughts on “Tutorial: Winter Framed Chalkboard

  1. Annie~SavorThisMoment January 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm Reply

    It turned out so cute, even with your “almost” fail! I think that’s what makes a good crafter ~ someone who can roll with it and come up with a solution! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment, and good luck with your move!

    • Eva M Designs January 19, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply

      Thank you for stopping by! I’m glad you like it!

  2. Jess January 18, 2013 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Love this!! Great job!

    • Eva M Designs January 19, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

      Thank you!

    • Eva M Designs January 19, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply

      Also, I wanted to let you know I am so glad I checked out your blog and found the SITS site!! Looks awesome – definitely going to check that out more!

  3. Lisa Moore January 19, 2013 at 12:18 am Reply

    This is adorable and perfect for the winter season!

  4. Southern Scraps January 19, 2013 at 8:13 am Reply

    Such a fun project! I think it turned out great.

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