Here’s a confession: this adorable (and easy!) little chalkboard only counts as semi-homemade in my books… But for $7, I’ve got a fabulous piece of decor and/or tray. Even better, my kids got to help me. I love that kind of project!
I found this log slice at Hobby Lobby for $7 after a 40% off coupon (though, obviously, if you have access to free ones in nature, even better!). With a little chalkboard spray paint (which I already had from another project), we were in business.
- log slice (I’m sure there’s a more technical name for this!)
- chalkboard spray paint
- painter’s tape
- plastic wrap
- tape off your chalkboard area (*see below for more details)
- wrap the sides and bottom in plastic wrap (stick it to the tape excess – see above picture)
- spray several light coats of paint and let dry
Super simple. The boys had a blast helping me with the spray paint. Don’t forget to prime your chalkboard before writing on it (which is just a fancy way of saying rub chalk all over it, let it sit for a bit, then wipe it off).
*You can see that I was careful when taping to follow the line of the natural tree ring in the wood. It was slightly more tedious, and it certainly isn’t necessary, but I think it added to the polished look.
The chalkboard can obviously be used for an occasion, but I couldn’t help but celebrate fall right now. It makes a fabulous backdrop to any vignette.
Or with a little sawtooth hook on the back, it would make a cute wall hanging. I’m looking forward to using it as a tray, as well. It would be perfect for entertaining because you could write instructions for your guests, like “help yourself!” or “please make a name tag” or anything…
So versatile! Wouldn’t you agree?
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