I’ve seen small chalk boards on other people’s blogs and grand scale ones at larger attractions like The Eden Project and fancied having one for Coombe Mill. They are perfect for leaving messages, drawing and inspiring creativity in children. The question has always been where it would go. My ideal was to have it somewhere I could make use of it for our weekly activity hour. However the tent really didn’t lend itself. Now that we have set up the games room and moved activity hour in there I was back onto my quest to make a chalk board. Farmer Nick was happy to oblige this time having just the right bits and bobs in his shed.
What you’ll need
Something for the frame, we used some left over bathroom tile edging
Chalks and a rubber. Ours came from The Range at £1.25 a pack.
Duck Tape Colours
Screws and a washer
We had everything bar the blackboard paint and chalk already to hand so it was a bargain for us.
Select a suitable size of board, Farmer Nick has quite a stash in his shed.
Clean up and sand down if it’s an old piece like ours, then place a coat of primer paint onto the wood and leave to dry.
Paint over the Primer with blackboard paint and leave to dry.
Screw your board into a wall making sure you are going through onto something solid. We made sure the screws went into the supporting beams of the lodge.
Give your board a second coat of paint. Make sure you cover the screws with the paint too and leave to dry.
We used spare bathroom tile edging for our frame. Cut the edging to size and glue into place, then leave to dry.
Take a large mushroom container and coat with Duck tape of your choice. We chose black and white checked to match the board and walls in the lodge. The tape not only makes the pot look good but adds strength too.
Use a screw and washer to attach to the wall.
Fill your container with your chalks and rubber.
Enjoy creating on your board.
A few extra ideas you could try:
Add a few containers to stop chalk colours mixing
Use an old scrap of fabric for a chalk rubber
Step by step instructions to make a chalk board
Joining in with Trash to Treasure
If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas.
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