Monday, April 1, 2013

Make a Fake Framed Chalkboard with Foam Board {Delightfully Creative}

Adorable chalkboard frames shower the Internet these days! I saw one in a fancy frame like the one I have about my fake mantle (aka bookshelf). I thought it would be perfect for my Spring decor, but I didn't want the chalkboard to be permanent. 

My frame does not have a back to it, as I like to leave it open part of the year, so I couldn't simply paint wood with chalkboard paint because the wood would be too heavy. I also couldn't use a think MDF board because I couldn't find any in the 16"x20" size of my frame...and living in a condo, I don't own saws. 

I was in the craft store and had an epiphany-why not try black foam board? Then I don't even have to paint it. It worked!

I bought a 20" x 30" black foam board for $3.99 and cut it to size with an exacto knife. Then, I simply "treated" it by rubbing it with chalk, using the side of the chalk and then gently blending it with a paper towel, to give it a used chalkboard look.

It looks like the real thing!

I know what you're wondering...But, I can I write on it? 

The answer is, yes! But, I would only use this for decorative purposes and not as a regular chalkboard because it does not erase easily. BUT, all you have to do is rub the writing off with a wet paper towel and then re-treat it. It only takes a few seconds.

With writing (Excuse the ugliness-I have terrible writing, which is why I choose to leave mine blank!)

After I wiped and re-treated.

A cheap, easy alternative to a real chalkboard.

Delightfully Creating,

 Bringing My Board to These Parties:

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  1. I love your frame! And this is my kind of DIY, simple and easy.

  2. Cool idea! I love the frame ~ cool color, too.
    I'm visiting you today from Southern Lovely. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up, too!
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  3. So neat! Love it! I featured this on my blog today, check it out here:

    1. Hey I think I fixed that button. Thanks for giving me the heads up!! :-)

  4. What a great and affordable idea. If you don't mind me asking where did you get the frame? I am a sucker for decorative frames.
    With Love,

    1. I got it at Hobby Lobby-it was white. but I painted it green.

  5. This is so creative! Love it! XO, Aimee

  6. You.Are.A.Genius. Thanks!

  7. What a great idea! I've been wanting to come up with something like a chalkboard photo backdrop, so I'll definitely have to try this out. Foam boards are awesome! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!


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