How to make: a chalkboard
The team have been busy chopping up old jeans, sweating over the drill and getting mucky with the paint to make some of these.
You will need:
- Laminate floor scrap/ offcut wood – any size you like
- Pair of old jeans – you’ll be cutting them up so make sure they are really ready to throw away!
- Blackboard paint
- Small foam paint roller
- Glue gun
- Scissors, pinking shears or rotary cutter
How to make a chalkboard:
- Make sure the piece of board is clean, dry and free from dust.
- Sand any rough edges. It may to tape a piece of sandpaper to a table or work surface and rub the board against it.
- Mark 2 points for string holes at the top edge of the board.
- Drill 2 holes at the points you have marked. Use a piece of wood or an old book under your board so you don’t drill into you work surface.
- Apply a thin layer of blackboard paint with the roller. Make sure you mix the paint thoroughly before use.
Tip: Propping the board up rather than laying flat can make it easier.
- Allow the first layer of paint to dry then apply further coats as needed. If applied thinly, blackboard paint dries quite quickly.
- Cut the legs off the jeans then cut into long strips at least an inch wide. You need to make sure the strips are a bit longer than the edges of your board.
Tip: Using a rotary cutter may be easier than scissors. If you don’t mind a bit of fraying, you could also rip the fabric.
- Gather the strips into four bunches of three. Use a string to tie each bunch of three at one end – leave ½ to 1 inch above the ties.
- Starting at the tied end, plait each bunch and tie off at the end.
- Thread a piece of string through the hanging hole and tie off.
- Use the glue gun and stick your plaits down along each edge to make a frame. They can be cut down to size and tied again as needed.
- Glue on any decorations – we’ve been using flowers we made from scrap fabric last month.
- Hang it up, grab a piece of chalk and you’re ready to go.