How to Make a Chalkboard: A Recycling Craft Project | Peggy Hazelwood | Skillshare

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How to Make a Chalkboard: A Recycling Craft Project

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6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction and Welcome

    • 2. Supplies Needed to Make a Chalkboard

    • 3. Painting the First Coat of Paint

    • 4. Painting the Second Coat of Paint

    • 5. Curing the Chalkboard

    • 6. Closing and Class Project

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About This Class

Have you ever wanted to make a unique chalkboard but didn't know how to start?

In this class, you'll learn what supplies you'll need and how to easily have a chalkboard. I'll offer suggestions for what you can use as a base for your handmade chalkboard but the sky's the limit really!

Enroll now and learn to make chalkboards to use around the house, at work or at your business, or to give as gifts.

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Peggy Hazelwood

Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand


Crafting and Writing

Hi! I'm Peggy. I enjoy crafting and sewing, and I also love to write and have so many years of experience with the written word that it's second nature to me. I want to share both of my loves with you!

I just added a new class in my Writing Basics series. The class is great as a refresher on spelling words that sound the same but are spelled differently. Make your writing better and maybe even error free. Check it out!

Many of my crafting classes are reuse and recycle craft projects, which makes them inexpensive to make. This makes it easy for everyone to enjoy these easy and fun classes.

I've also published an easy sewing class and hope you'll check it out. If you have a bit of sewing experience my simple sewing projects will be per... See full profile

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1. Introduction and Welcome: Hello. Have you ever wanted a chalkboard but didn't have one? Now you can learn to make your own chalkboard. I'm going to show you some items you need to make your chalkboard and some suggestions for what you can use as the base. This is a recycle project, and just about anything will work. So let's get started. Click the enroll button and will learn to make a chalk work. 2. Supplies Needed to Make a Chalkboard: Hi, I'm Peggy. And if you noticed my cat, Mr Tomcat was helping me in the welcome and introduction section. He's a really good little kitty and loves to help. So in this lesson, we're going to learn what supplies are needed to make your own chalkboard. First of all, you'll need chalkboard paint. These are a couple bottles, this one's blue and this is black, and you could buy these at craft stores or online just about anywhere. Maybe even Walmart. I'm not sure, but these air each four ounces, and I've done several projects with this one. It's almost empty, but it's done probably six small talk boards, so it's very cost effective board. You also need a paintbrush. I like using a foam brush and for this project will use this smaller one. It really depends on what size your canvas is, what you're going to paint. The phone brushes don't leave brush marks, so they work really well. You could use a brush with bristles, though. That's okay, too. Here are just a few items that you could use to make your own chalkboard a piece of wood. You could use a cup, a little piece of metal could make top board. With that, a cigar box would be really cute. You could put the chalk board paint here or inside so that you could ride on it. A little Christmas decoration like this would be cute that you could hang on the tree and write the person's name on it. Maybe. Or this is adorable, isn't it? I found this at a thrift store, and I really liked the frame. But, you know, I like cats. Probably I wouldn't hang this cat in my house, but you could paint right over that with chalk board paint and have your own framed chalkboard. So those were just some of the ideas for what you'll need. And I like to put down the cloth any time, my pain. So something like that might be a good idea, and that's about all you need to make a chalkboard. 3. Painting the First Coat of Paint: Hi. We're going to get started painting. I turned the bottle of Chopard paint upside down because it is fairly used up. So instead of pouring it out into a receptacle of some kind, I'm just going to catch it in the lid of the bottle. So I'm twisted off here and I'll just let any drips go right on my board. So we're going to get started by painting this board. I'm gonna use a freeform style. You can certainly get some masking tape or Blue Painter's tape, whatever you feel comfortable with and tape off the edge to leave a border if you want. I'm just gonna paint directly on here, and I'm I'm not a perfectionist in case you hadn't noticed. Or maybe I am. And I know I can't do it perfectly, so I don't even try. I like to have fun when I craft, and I like a more rustic look. So this seems to work for me. So I'm gonna dip my paintbrush in here and just begin applying the chalkboard paint and it looks like I'm gonna have to just pour it out directly onto my board. There I go. I've got a little pool of it here. And the best thing to do is to paint in one direction. For the first layer, we're going to add two layers of paint, but the 1st 1 either go vertical across. I'm sorry. Horizontal across or vertical up and down, but not both on the first layer on the second layer will do the opposite direction. And it's listed on the bottle of paint to do that. And it works really well, it gives you good coverage. So I'm just running my brush along here. I'm gonna get a little bit more report directly on my brush just a little and go along with their three pieces of wood that have been glued or stapled together on this board. And I'm not going to fill in the cracks because nobody's gonna right inside there. Um, well, maybe I will a little bit, but I'm not going to try to fill it up completely. And like I said, I'm going to keep the edges kind of freeform. It's not gonna be a straight line or anything is gonna be kind of jagged, and I think it's good. I'm gonna hold it up and show you this is gonna be the chalkboard on this piece of wood, and as you can see, the edges are jagged. The top and bottom lines are square enough and straight enough for me, so that is the first layer of painting. And let your first coat of paint dry. One hour before applying the second coat, Clean your paintbrush right away. Just run it under water in the sink and be sure to clean your sink thoroughly. 4. Painting the Second Coat of Paint: Okay, It's been an hour, and we're going to paint the top board portion Vertical. We did the horizontal lines. Now we're gonna paint up and down and do the vertical part. I watched my paintbrush out between after painting the first part and be sure to always clean your sink because the chalkboard paint gets on the sides of the sink. It's kind of splatters when you're cleaning your paintbrush and you need to wipe that down really quickly and get rid of any of the paint. It will stain your sink. If you have a utility sink, that's the best I don't. So I have to use my kitchen sink. So I'm gonna take a little paint on my brush and we did across. Now we're going up and down on the second coat of paint. So as you can see, I've done this little portion and now I'm gonna complete it. We're just gonna get a little more pain on my brush and just keep going up and down. You don't need a real thick layer of chalk board paint, but just good coverage. Two coats and that makes a chalkboard. It's pretty amazing. I think the first time I used it, I was debating, You know, if I needed to do more than two coats, but you don't just so you do good coverage and cover the portion. You want to become a chalkboard twice, and I've done it. It's very quick, depending on the size of your chalkboard. That's it. So I'm gonna let that dry, and it needs to dry for 24 hours. Let your chalkboard paint cure for 24 hours. 5. Curing the Chalkboard: It's been a day my chalkboard has cured the chalkboard paint, and now we need to rub a piece of chalk over the chalkboard and that sort of seasons it and gets it ready to use. So basically, what I'm going to do is just put some chalk on there and I just used the side of a little piece. I keep this little half a piece or whatever it is for this purpose, and then I'm gonna take a paper towel and wipe it all. And if you want it to be really shiny black, you can wet a cloth or paper towel and wipe it, and that will make it really nice and shiny again. But you're supposed to do that to kind of get it ready to use. And then you can write your message so I'll just write a little. Did he hear home sweet home. So now you know everything there is to make your own top board 6. Closing and Class Project: Thank you so much for taking the skill share class. How to make a chalkboard. I just love recycling projects. And this is a fun one because you can use just about anything. I painted a little of the blue chalk board paint on this cup, and I'm gonna use it for my paint water when I I'm doing crafts so I can write water right on there. And it's blue. So it's so perfect. And I want to thank you. You can make a chalkboard literally out of just about anything. So experiment and see what you like and what you come up with for the class project. Please grab some chalk board paint and make your own chalkboard take a photo and post it so we can all see what you do. Thanks again.