DIY Chalkboard Ornament
Crafting fuels my soul. Does it do the same for yours?
This ornament could not be any easier. Seriously. I'm slightly embarrassed that I am writing a tutorial about it. But, since not everyone is a crafter, I figure, better to explain the process than leave it to chance. This ornament is also under $5, which is good because today Lil O and I are bringing the ornament to an ornament exchange and we were supposed to stay under $5. Mission accomplished.
Here we go....
First, gather your supplies. The ornament was literally $1 from our local Dollar Tree store. I purchased the chalkboard spray paint from Joann Crafts with a 50% off coupon. I think it cost $3 after the coupon. Yay! I also used a coupon to buy the chalkboard bistro marker, but in the end decided old-fashioned chalk for ($1.49) looked best. Chocolate is optional! Lil O gifted that piece of chocolate to me. Ha! I will explain the painters tape in a moment.
Tape off the top of the ornament and the string with painters tape, so it does not get covered in spray paint. Then, go outside and spray away. I like to keep my arm moving while I spray paint so it doesn't get too globby.
After you spray the first coat, let the coat dry for a few hours. I wasn't in a hurry, so I left the ornament to dry overnight. Then, spray a second coat and let that coat dry, too.
The next step is key. You have to "cure" your chalkboard surface. You do this by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over it. Lil O and I had extra fun by rubbing the chalk all over the ornament with our hands, too. Girls just gotta have fun, right?
For the grand finale, with a damp paper towel, wipe off the cured chalk. Your ornament is now ready for chalk doodles and giving!
If you make a DIY Chalkboard Ornament, post a photo on our Facebook page here. I'm certain it will brighten my day (and maybe others).
Speaking of today, have a fantastic day, Upcyclists! I hope to post more craft ideas before Christmas.