August 23, 2010 24 Comments
Hello, my friends!! We are still enjoying every minute of our family reunion nestled in the lovely mountains of Colorado. In case you missed my guest post at The Scrap Shoppe on Thursday, here is the tutorial for the chalkboard menu I created.
For a while now, I have been watching chalkboard menus pop up across blogging land. I have also been dying out to try out that chalkboard spray paint I bought months and months ago. So here was my chance!! This is my take on the idea--simple and sweet!
I started off with this gold and slightly gaudy frame that I picked up at Good Will for just a couple of dollars. Score! But it definitely needed a new color. A splash of turquoise spray paint was just perfect! I love how the shininess of the gold still peeked through just a bit.
I was actually amazed that applying chalkboard paint was so easy! I simply spray painted the glass that came inside the frame. I quickly learned that, because it was glass, it would need 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint. Easy peasy! How have I not used chalkboard paint before?!
Next, I cut my vinyl. I had debated about making this a weekly menu board showing every day of the week. However, it was a touch small for my gigantic handwriting! Instead, I settled for making it a daily menu board that I could change each night. Isn't this a fun, fancy font?! (This is one I purchased from DJ Inkers.)
But my little chalkboard menu was looking a bit bare. I knew exactly what it needed--a fabric flower! How about a fun tattered flower?! I just tore a strip of fabric and sewed a basting stitch down one of the sides.
Then I gathered the flower by pulling one of my long threads to create a ruffle. I just twisted it into a circle to create the flower shape. I quickly hand-sewed through the layers to help keep its shape.
To create the center of the flower, I took a circle glass magnet I already had, covered it with fabric, and hot-glued it right into the center. I hot glued that happy flower snugly into the corner of the frame.
I set this chalkboard on an easel in the corner of the kitchen. Now my husband doesn't have to come home from work and ask, "What's for dinner?" Talk to the chalkboard, sweetheart!
The chalkboard says it all... have a super day!!