Pretty cool right? I thought so too. So I went ahead and using this tutorial made my own version using chalkboard paint.
- Chalkboard spray paint
- coordinating color spray paint for frame
- cheap 4×6 frame
- wooden plaque
- sticky velcro
- picture hanging brackets
- chalkboard markers
First I painted my plaque and frame. I painted the wooden plaque (on sale at Hobby Lobby for $4!) with chalkboard paint and used about three or four coats for a nice even coverage.
I chose a black 4×6 frame and spray painted it red. I didn’t sand it down first so the result ends up looking a little distressed which I liked.
Now I needed to add the hardware to the back of the plaque. Once it was dry, I flipped it over and added the picture hanging brackets directly in the upper middle part of the plaque.
Once the frame was dry, I added the sticky velcro to the back. I decided to add velcro to all four sides of the frame. I also cut the back flap away so that there was no extra bulk when it attached to the plaque.
Now I need to add the matching pieces of velcro to the plaque. To do this accurately, I swiped some chalk onto the velcro on the red frame and then pressed the frame onto the chalkboard plaque leaving the markings of where I need my velcro to be.
After I blew away the remnants, I was left with a distinct impression and was able to easily attach my velcro.
Now I can attach the frame to the chalkboard for the *almost* finished product!
Now here is the fun part. IF you are artistically talented (unlike my example I’m about to show you) You can decorate this frame with chalk or chalkboard markers. I discovered chalkboard markers after I had already given the gift or I would have used those instead. They are much easier to use and the colors are much more clear.
INSTEAD- I grabbed my daughters sidewalk chalk and quickly wrote the details I wanted on my plaque. Please ignore my lack of artistry- apparently sidewalk chalk is not a medium I am fluent in…
BUT you get the idea. And hopefully when you make yours you will use the chalkboard markers and it will be much much prettier than my chicken scratch handwriting.
This frame was for super sweet newborn baby boy, but I’m thinking of doing something a bit bigger using plywood, an 11×16 frame, and hanging my wedding photos.
Thanks for reading and happy crafting!