Sunday, March 13, 2011

Make Your Own Craft Paper (yes, paper!) Chalkboard

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Is anyone else a fan of chalkboards? Maybe it's my obsession with all things vintage and school-related, but chalkboards are one of my decorating staples! The chalky typography on a slate black it! It has a historical and vintage feeling to matter how new the chalkboard or chalk.

The foundation of this project? Craft paper!! Did you think craft paper could be made into a chalkboard? Well, I stepped out on a limb with this one. I didn't know if I would end up being teacher's pet or the class clown. I surely didn't want to end up in the corner with a dunce cap on my head, so I'm glad it turned out! 

I wanted an inexpensive chalkboard solution to add to my studio makeover. While staring at my thrifted roll of craft paper one day, I thought, "hmmmmm." With the addition of a few simple products from DecoArt, Rockler, and Cutting Edge Stencils, this craft paper chalkboard is the result! I simply tacked it up onto the fabric covered bulletin board.

Hmmm...looks like I have some projects to get to! And the list has gotten longer since this photo was taken!

Want to make your own? Get the full tutorial at

Do you have chalk or chalkboard projects to share?

ANNOUNCING!: The first-ever Chalk Talk party here at WhisperWood Cottage! You have a month to get your chalk and chalkboard projects and posts ready!! I'm working on putting together some great prizes! If you plan on joining the party, please post the button on your sidebar...

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  1. Well that's about the cutest, simplest and cheapest thing I've seen in a long time. I use craft paper for so much, even wrapping gifts, adding a swipe of chalkboard paint and then using chalk to write the name or initial of the recipient. But I never even thought of taking it bigger to a large chalkboard. This is great and I'll be stealing it!

  2. oh my gosh!! This is just fabulous, I could really use this for when the grand kids come over, they're going to think Nan rocks. I think I'll put one in the garage for a to do list for the hubby. I'm sure he will thank you:)

    Q. can I roll it up for storage?


  3. Wow! This really is fabilous. Thanks for sharing! I will be doing this project with my 10 year old son!

  4. Well aren't you a smartie?!? Love it!!! Laurel

  5. That is so cool!! Love it! It looks fabulous!

  6. Very clever! I love your work area! The paper chalk sheet goes perfectly in there!
    My project is actually painted with chalk board paint too! Pop on over and take a peek-
    Visiting from Dittle Dattle :)

  7. I love this! I have some of that craft paper too - leftover from Xmas - and now I definitely know what to do with it! Such a great idea!


  8. LOL That's awesome! Clever idea.
    Dropping by from Met Monday. When you have time, come see the chairs I had recovered.


  9. Fantastic backdrop for your chalkboard. Great idea for lots of projects, thanks for sharing.

  10. What a great idea!!! I will look for that paint, I though it only came in a spray can!

    Im having a giveaway, and would be honored if you came to enter! The winner gets a photo/image of their choice printed on stretched canvas. :)

  11. Amy...look at you, in your very amazing new room, thinking of cool stuff to feed our creative minds, hearts & souls! This could make some very cool Christmas gift wrap! Why didn't I think of this...oh well, I'm very glad you did! Have a great week!*Lynne*

  12. Who'da think that would work?
    Very nice!

    I took a small CLEARANCE (live it) chalk board that had a photo-ish section at the top that had some "Live, Love, Laugh" (or similar) motto.

    Opened the photo part and put in a nice picture of a beautiful tomato and the words Cafe D.

    It's one of my favorite kitchen items.
    So inexpensive. So special.

  13. What an ingenius idea! I wonder if it would also work with metallic or magnetic paint, the kind you use to make magnets stick to things? You are too clever! AND, is that a pot lamp hanging from the ceiling? OMG LOVE IT!! Please, keep inspiring and have a great day! ~Leena~

  14. Yours is great! I linked about my chalkboard too! I made one out of an cheap slab door and I love it! Hope you can come see mine too. I am chalk board obsessed too. I'm a teacher and my students use individual chalkboards in my class. I'm the only one in my school (they all use dry erase pens) still using chalk. I love it!

  15. What a faboulous idea. I love it. I think I will make one for the office at work. A very large one. thanks for sharing
    A la prochaine

  16. Oh I hope you don't mind if I tweet this post?

  17. Love it! So cute and such a great one! I love chalk board paint I haven't used any myself yet but I've got loads of inspiration from all the bloggers who love the stuff!

  18. Wow, what a simply fabulous idea! Thank you so much for sharing. love the little chalk bag too : ) ~Stacey

  19. I have been thinking of doing something similar with magnets on the back to go on my fridge, thanks for your post it has given me the motivation I need!

  20. Had to put this in the Power of Paint Party Spotlight... I just think it's TOO cool! Thanks for sharing it with us at the party.

  21. I just love this idea Amy! And I was so inpired that I made a batch of craft paper chalkboards and featured you on my blog. Thanks so much for this idea and all the inspiration here at Whisperwood Cottage!

  22. this is totally brilliant! I am going to feature this on my FB page! love it :)

  23. this is the FIRST time i have been tempted to do a chalkboard. its the cutest thing.. i just might do it. of course i would be the last crafter on earth that needs to buy chalkboard paint!


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