Welcome to The Great Kid Week! I know, this title is kind of lame, but hey---it's accurate! All my projects this week will be focused on the kids. I feel like I've been neglecting them during my little crafty streak and what better way to acknowledge their creative needs than by making a whole week centered around them? This is going to be fun! This is going to be exciting! This is going to be inspirational! Ok, not that far, but I'm already enjoying myself, so I hope you do, too!
Our first project is one I've been dreaming about for a long time. It's so easy so I don't know why I couldn't attempt this before. Maybe it's because fate had determined I use it for this weeks theme! I'm sure that's it. ;)
Anyway, first step is to get an old frame (mine is from Ikea. Love that store). Take out the glass and the picture (if needed). See the cardboard backing? Mine was textured on one side and smooth on the back.
So, I flipped it over to paint the smooth side. Chalkboard paint is awesome. You can buy it in 1/4 gallon and spray paint forms. I chose to use spray paint. Only $4 at Home Depot! (You can also tint you chalkboard paint...I might have to try that someday!)
I also chose to spray paint the frame. With my kids (especially my 2 year old son), I knew that no space would be spared from chalk. Why not make it all accessible for them?
After the paint dried, I use a silver paint pen to free-hand the alphabet on the frame. My 4 year old daughter is just figuring out her letters and is having so much fun recognizing them around her. She points out letters on stores, gas station signs, windows, and she is doing a great job even sounding them out! I wanted her to have her letters in front of her so she could practice! And, she loves it!
Before you re-attach the backing to the frame, remember to cure your chalkboard. This is easy. Simply cover your chalkboard with chalk and erase. Ta-da! So simple.
After attaching, you can hang on the wall kid-level or simply lean it on the wall. I asked my kids if they wanted me to hang it up or to keep it on the ground, and they opted for ground.
I might change that someday, but for now, it makes them happy! I'm also going to see if I can find a cute container for the chalk and eraser. The kids couldn't wait, and had a fun afternoon playing with their chalkboard!
Come back tomorrow for some more children projects! Have a wonderful week!
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