Monday, August 27, 2012

"Chalkboard" Photo Frame {Delightfully Creative}

In case you missed it, here is the post I recently posted over at Bugaboo, Mini, Mr, and Me
for her handmade gift series.

Photo frames are always a great gift for anyone.Here is an inexpensive and EASY way to make a gift suited just for the person receiving it-the "Chalkboard" Photo Frame.

 (with Chalk marker)

There are so many variations you can put on this gift to make it your own-I included a list of ideas at the bottom of the tutorial.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Wood Photo Frame (found at any craft store)
  • Acrylic paint in desired color
  • This miracle product:
Americana Chalkboard Coating.
It makes ANY water-based paint into chalk paint and it works really well. I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can also buy it here and on Amazon. 
  •  Embellishments you may want to add. If you want to make rosettes like the ones I made, you will need three strips of fabric about a foot long.
 How To Make:

1. Simply paint  the frame in your desired color and amount of coats and let it dry. Coat with Chalkboard coating. You will need two coats to make it work properly-one painted vertically and one painted horizontally. Let it dry one hour between coats and then 24 hours before you use chalk on the surface. 

It's. That. Simple.

2. Add embellishments! I am partial to fabric flowers and rosettes are pretty easy to make.

How To Make Fabric Rosettes:
1. Tie knot on one end of fabric/ribbon.

 2. Roll shorter loose end around knot. Roll longer end over loose end a few times to secure it. You should have a small round ball on one end.

 3. Wrap rest of the fabric into a flower by loosely twisting and wrapping the long piece around the ball simultaneously. Keep wrapping and twisting in same direction for the whole flower.

4. Glue end piece down with hot glue.

5. To make beaded center, thread one bead on needle and thread and sew down through back of flower. Repeat with two other beads.

6. Secure thread on back with a sewing knot. This s what your flower should look like:

 More Chalkboard Photo Frame Ideas:
  • Give one as a baby gift or grandparent gift, so they can mark the changing age of baby.

 OR write baby's name, birth date and weight.
  •  Include colored chalk, so giftee can doodle on frame as he'she likes (Kids and Tweens will love this!)
  • For a teacher gift, paint the frame black, like a blackboard, and write the year and teacher's name. ( they still use blackboards in school these days??)
  •  Make it your own by doodling your own designs in chalk for the giftee.
  • Present it by writing a greeting on the frame for the occasion.
  • Make it a photo frame/message board-you can find wooden frames that have a space for a picture and large blank space for the message section.

Taking my Frame to these parties:


Craftomaniac Monday with Craftomaniac
Made By You Monday with Skip to My Lou
Make It Monday with Brassy Apple
Tutorial Tuesdays with Hope Studios
Get Your Craft On with Today's Creative Blog

 Home Decor&Organizing Party with Organize and Decorate Everything
Look What I made with Creations by Kara
Uncommonly Yours with Uncommon  

Show and Share with Southern Lovely 

 The Creative Spark with Clean & Scentsible

Creative Juice Thursday with Momnivore's Dilemma
Crafty Soiree with Yesterday on Tuesday and Katie's Nesting Spot
Get Your Brag On
with Gluesticks
Pretty Things Thursday with Johnny In a Dress and Scissors & Spatulas

For the Kids Fridays with Sun Scholars 
Anything Goes Party with Bacon Time with Hungry Hungry Hypo

Once Upon a Weekend with Family Ever After


Overflowing with Creativity
with It's Overflowing 
Sunday Showcase with Under the Table and Dreaming
 Think Pink Sunday with Flamingo Toes

1 comment:

  1. Great post April! I love making picture frames so I'm definitely going to give this a try. Thank you for sharing this with us!


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