Monday, June 10, 2013

Chalkboard stickers: Easy DIY tutorial

Chalkboard paint is all the rage these days.  In our old house, I used it to paint a big chalkboard right on the wall - my daughter loved it, the white carpet directly below...not so much!   While I haven't put it on the walls of our new house, I recently bought a new bottle of chalkboard paint and today I finally figured out exactly how I would use it!

I have been thinking and thinking and thinking about how I could label the new DIY clothdrop covered baskets in my craftroom and was wanting to
incorporate the chalkboard paint.  I really didn't want to buy any more materials so I kept putting the project off....but, I also had to pull every unlabeled basket off the shelves to find anything. (Annoying!)  Finally, the craft gods came through today as I was cleaning out some old scrapbooking items and came across two packs of luggage tag-looking stickers -- chalkboard paint stickers, of course!  If you can't find tag-shaped stickers, you could even use large address stickers and cut off the corners on one side to create the same shape.

To make my DIY chalkboard stickers, I simply used a foam brush to paint a layer of the chalkboard paint over the sticker.  I waited until it was dry to put a second coat.

After the second coat dried, I punched a hole in the sticker just to make them look a little more like tags. 
Then I peeled off the back and stuck one on each of my boxes.

Now when I need to update the contents of the box, I can just erase with my finger instead of creating a whole new label.

The places and ways to use these chalkboard stickers are endless, but here are just a few more ideas:
  • Toy bins
  • Kids art supplies
  • Pantry items
  • Canisters
  • Pots and Planters
How have you used chalkboard paint?  I'd love to hear your creative uses for this cool stuff! 

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