I had a lot of fun creating simple props to be used in the “Breakfast for Dinner” Birthday Party that I co-hosted a few weeks ago. I thought I’d share some links, photos and tips for my DIY projects, including the chalkboard frames and mugs!
If you are good with spray paint then just buy the spraypaint chalkboard paint… it is so much faster! These tutorials use the paint on kind for the most part, and I’m sure they are more precise… but, I like things quick so I used spray paint.
Get painters tape to tape off sections you don’t want to have painted…. I didn’t grab some even though it was mentioned in the above tutorials and tried to work with paper and scotch tape. The results varied and ended up looking OKAY but, it was certainly a pain in the neck!
DOLLAR STORE!!! (Or a good thrift store will also work.) I got my mugs and frames for just a buck each… that way it didn’t hurt near as bad if I messed one up. For the frames you just remove the glass and paint the glass with the chalkboard paint—easy as that!
Use a primer and then do two coats of the chalkboard paint.
Priming the surfaces for the chalkboard paint.
Letting the mugs dry with the paint on them. It would have been so much neater if I’d used painter’s tape!
Smudge chalk on the dry surface and then erase to prep for writing. It really does help!
Prepping the surface by smudging it with chalk before writing really helps the writing to stick!
Mugs are NOT dishwasher safe. 🙂 Learned this one the hard way…
Thanks for stopping by and checking out these tips, links and photos! If you’ve seen another great Chalkboard tutorials please leave a link in the comments!