Thursday, February 10, 2011

Menu Chalkboards

A few weeks ago, my sister and I made chalkboards that could be used to plan out our weekly menu for dinner.  It was pretty easy and I thought they turned out really cute.

Here is what you need:
Mod Podge, Chalkboard Paint, Paper, Paint (optional), and
a piece of  sanded Wood (We bought ours at Walmart for around $3)
First, we painted the boarder with craft paint and applied the chalkboard paint.  We had to put on a couple of coats of the chalkboard paint and then we set it aside to dry.

While the paint was drying, we cut out strips of paper to use as a border for the chalkboard.  Once the paint dried we glued the paper to the wood using mod podge.  I'm not a mod podge expert so my sister had to teach me how to use it.  Just so you know, you do this by first adding it to the back the paper, stick it on to the wood and then on top of the paper as well.  This was the trickiest part for me, because it is hard to not get bubbles in the paper.  Also, make sure not to get mod podge on the section you want to use as a chalkboard.  My sister also used mod podge to apply letters for each day of the week on her board.  I left mine blank so it could be used for writing notes/lists as well as a menu.

And now, the final product...

This is how my chalkboard turned out. 
(We made these around New Year's Day.)

This is how my sister's chalkboard turned out.


The Jackson Family said...

I love the menu planning idea... I always seem to be planning dinner about a half hour before we need to eat!

Nicole Hunter said...

This is a great idea! I've been wanting to do something like this. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Cute idea!
I learned the hard way that Mod Podge requires a little patience. You can avoid bubbles by letting the first layer of mod podge dry before applying it to the top.