Well, it's that time again. CRUNCH TIME. Frugality Boot Camp is only days away so I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off! I've enlisted the help of some fabulous bloggers to bring you some amazing posts to save my sanity for the next few days.
First up is Nanette from Beautiful By Design who is going to show us how to make our own gorgeous chalkboard for CHEAP. It's a great way to display your weekly challenges and monthly goals, perfect for our Focused in '14 challenges, eh?! Take it away, Nanette!
Happy New Year to you all! To help you get organized and focused this year, I thought it might be useful to show you how to inexpensively create a hanging chalkboard than can be put on a door in your home, without using up valuable wall space. Boards are also great to help you focus on making progress towards those New Year’s goals and resolutions.
I thought twine would be a great addition so you could also hang motivational quotes or photos on the chalkboard.
Making the chalkboard:
Pretty easy to do, with inexpensive materials.
- 3/16” 2’x4’ Chalk Board,
- 6- 5/16” washers,
- 6- 1/2 “ washers, primer,
- chalkboard paint,
- 8 yards 5/8” white “Offray” textured ribbon,
- 1 yard 6” wide burlap,
- 12- 1” self-stick round felt pads.
Obviously, if you buy a ready-made chalkboard you won't need the primer and chalkboard paint. You could also just buy plain 3/16” thick plain Masonite and do the same thing.
- I had Home Depot cut 1” off the width of the board so it would center nicely on the size doors I have in my home; you can adjust the width of the board to fit your particular door nicely.
- I added one coat of primer and two coats of chalkboard paint to the board.The smaller washers were glued with E-6000 to the larger washer and painted as well.
- On all four corners I marked with pencil 2” in from side and 1” from the top/bottom edge.
- Next I drilled a pilot hole in each mark using a 1/8” drill bit, then drilled the actual hole using a 3/8” bit (the inside diameter of the small washer).
Optional: you can add two additional holes and washer sets near the center of top of board where I threaded and tied the burlap ribbon. These two holes were also 1” from the top edge of the board, and about 1” from dead-center of the top edge, making them about 2” apart at the center.
- Next I prepared the chalkboard by wiping across it with the side of a large piece of chalk, then wiped it off with a cloth (I used chalk dust to prepare the black washers similarly).
- I then turned the board over, and applied the 12 one-inch brown felt pads, to protect the door from the board rubbing up against it.
- I turned the board over again, and used E6000 glue to carefully glue a black washer assembly over each hole. Let the glue dry for several hours before proceeding with hanging it up.
Hanging your Chalkboard on a door:
- You will need two pieces of the white ribbon, each long enough to completely encircle the back and part of the front of the door (minus the chalkboard) in a ring. In my case, that was about 10 feet each.
I then passed the end of the ribbon through the bottom corner hole from front to back,
…and then looped it around the bottom of the board and passed it a second time through the hole, but inside the first loop.
This created enough friction to allow the ribbon to be tightened without having to tie a knot in the end, by working the double-looped ribbon through the hole while taking out the slack in the rest of the ribbon.
- The white ribbon is attached to the top of the board using a bowline (kite tying) knot by doubling back the top 18” of the white ribbon and forming a loop which is pressed through the top-corner hole of the board from back-to-front. The other end of the ribbon (including the 18” short end) is passed through the loop, and continues up and over the top of the door and down the back, around the bottom, and up to the bottom corner of the board.
- Go back later and put a flat thumb tack through both ribbons and into the top edge of the door to keep the chalk board from sliding down later.
Cut off the remnant of the 18” dangling strip at the top of the door so the end does not show.
- Decorate your board with cute ribbons, twine, or other embellishments to make it your own and make you excited to keep track of your resolutions!
I would love to hear if you decide to make your own chalkboard, and learn any variations from the oneI did that you really like. Hope your New Year is off to a great start 🙂 For other fun ideas on boards, and organizing and decorating your home in general, feel free to visit me at Beautiful by Design.
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Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did, thanks for stopping by Nanette!