I’m so excited to share this project with y’all! These letters make an adorable gift or party favor, and they are wonderful for moms and little ones. Hang them somewhere for easy art or keep them in your kid’s bag to pull out when a little sit-still entertainment is needed. These little chalkboards are so fun and convenient!
If you’ve been following for a while, you know that I consider myself fairly handy, creative, even inventive at times…. but not very craft-y. So when one of my random, hair-brained, craft-y ideas actually turns out, I’m pumped!
I made these as party favors for my sons’ birthday party recently, and they were a huge hit. My two boys (who just turned 2 and 4) love them, and I am definitely planning to take them next time we go to the doctor or anywhere else with a waiting room! They’re even the perfect size for little ones to carry themselves.
And, better yet, they were so easy and inexpensive to make! I started with simple mdf letters from Hobby Lobby (catch a sale – they were less than $1.50 each!) and a can of chalkboard spray paint.
After two light coats, I sanded each letter by hand with 320 grit sandpaper. I think the key to making homemade chalkboards work is getting them perfectly smooth… and a quick rub down with the 320 was perfect. I finished off with one more light coat (that makes 3 total). Once painted, I added a jute handle (either for hanging as decor or for carrying) using hot glue. I made sure to cover the end of the twine in glue, as well, to avoid unraveling.
Then I primed each letter…
Which is just a fancy way of saying rub chalk all over it (if you skip this step, the first thing you draw on the chalkboard usually won’t ever come off completely).
Then wipe it off, leaving a nice chalkboard finish.
Don’t forget to glue at least one of the handles on upside down… Just kidding! But seriously, of course I managed to do that to the birthday boy’s letter. Oh well, the beauty of hot glue is that I was able to pry it off without too much work or damage and put it on right.
To make them “party favors,” I simply bundled five pieces of colored chalk in a little rubber band and tied the bundle to the letter using more jute twine. The rubber band peeked out slightly, but I didn’t mind.
And, naturally, neither did the kids! They were so excited to have their own letters and be able to color on them… Most of them began coloring even before they left the party! For less than $2 each, I’d say they were a huge success. Be sure to come back next week for more chalkboard ideas for birthday parties!