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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Make Your Own Chalkboard

Kids love variety, and something as simple as telling your child they can write their spelling words or sentences on a chalkboard instead of paper can make brighten their day considerably.  

For this project, you will need:
     Chalkboard Contact Paper
     duct tape
     a piece of cardboard*
     patterned contact paper or scrapbook paper.

*My "cardboard" is actually the back of a tablet of art paper that we used up.  Other good sources would be a cereal box, shipping box, or something similar.

Once you've got your cardboard cut to the size you want, lay it on the chalkboard paper and cut out a piece the same size.

When you apply the contact paper, start with a corner, and smooth it on as you peel the backing away.

Place your scrapbook paper or patterned contact paper cut to the same size on the back.

Now you have a "sandwich", and you're going to use the duct tape to hold it all together.  Just fold it over so it hits both sides evenly.

Voila!  Your finished personal chalkboard!

Now, for a fun way to write on your new chalkboard, try Liquid Chalkers!  We received a pack for review purposes, and it's been fun to come up with all sorts of ways to use them.

On Halloween, they wrote on our word bubble signs, indicating what each child was dressed as this year.

Then we tested out writing on windows and mirrors.

The kids LOVED being able to doodle on glass!  The Liquid Chalkers erased easily, leaving no residue.  

Katie practiced her name on the new chalkboard.

Even I found it handy to have around!  We learned body parts in Latin for homeschool, and I drew a stick figure and labelled it for the boys to copy.

The Liquid Chalkers rub right off easily after drying.  All the kids had to try out the new chalkboard, and I can easily see us making a couple more of these to have around.  I love that there's no dust, like there is with ordinary chalk!

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  1. I love how your chalkboards turned out! :)

    1. Thanks, Susan! I'm surprised at how much the kids are using it. Brianna drew a masterpiece on it last night.

  2. how fun! They turned out great & looks like the kids are having fun with them

    1. Thanks! :) We love trying out new things. This one just happened to go really well for us.

  3. What a great idea! I've been wanting to paint a chalkboard on the inside of one of my kitchen cabinets, but wasn't ready to commit to paint. Maybe the contact paper will work for me! I'll have to check out those liquid chalkers too...

    1. Oh, now you're inspiring me! I do have the rest of the roll left... I could see creating a message center by the kitchen phone. My teen wants a piece for the inside of her locker, too.