Craft Meet-Up: Homemade Chalkboards

The ladies of the craft club met up recently to get our craft on and make homemade chalkboards. Here are the basic steps to accomplishing this fairly easy project.

Step 1- Hunt & Gather
Rummage through a thrift store, garage sale or even your own garage and you are bound to find something to transform into a chalkboard. For example: Picture frames, serving trays, tacky wall decor, tired and unwanted paintings, all make excellent chalkboards. It is very satisfying to see gaudy decor that was collecting dust, repurposed into something useful.

Step 2- Tape and Paint x 2:
Like with any paint project the first thing you need to do is tape off the edges of the area framing the chalkboard to be. Then apply a coat of the Chalkboard paint to the surface. Let it dry for about 15 minutes and apply a second coat. After about 30 minutes the chalkboard paint should be dry. Then if you want to add a pop of color you can tape off the chalkboard area and paint the frame surrounding it as well.  Let it dry, and congrats you have your very own chalkboard.
Here are the results of our chalk boarding adventure, didn’t they come out great?  For more stories and pics about our chalkboard craftivity check out Kelsey’s post at Minted Life and Monica’s at Nona’s Market.

Special thanks goes to baby JoJo who came along to help us with our chalkboards. He is quite photogenic, here he is again modeling adorable onesies from Nona’s Market !

Fun with plasti-dip

For our first meet-up the craft of choice was PLASTI-DIP , a rubberizing paint, normally used to coat tool handles and such. Inspired by beautiful plasti-dipped origami; my heart raced with the possibilities of all the chincey knick knacks that could be turned chic with one dip. Fellow creative Kelsey from Minted Life saw the same vision and a craft meet-up date was set. FC crafters brought tons of fun objects, keys, twigs, origami, paper balls and figurines to dip. A big thank you to all the FC craft crew for making this event awesome.
Here are the results:
Here’s How to Dip:
  1. Warning! This craft should only be done outside to allow for ventilation, but even outside the smell was intense.
  2. Tie wire or string around the object you wish to dip
  3. Stir plasti –dip outside over a covered surface (this stuff does not come out!)
  4. Using string or wire slowly dip object
  5. Slowly remove object and allow for it to drip briefly over the dip
  6. Hang object to drip dry over a covered area
  7. Dry time takes approximately 30-40 minutes and to get a thicker coat you may re-dip if needed.
Lessons learned: Plasti-dip takes longer to dry in rainy weather. Its toxic smell is intense, and without a mask your throat will burn.  This was an ambitious craft that turned out to be decidedly more complicated than expected. It’s very difficult to get a perfect dip, but the end result is pretty cute…. look how nice the sea urchin shell turned out!
You can order plasti-dip at AMAZONor GarageToys.
Now you can mix your own colors and plasti dip comes in a spray too!