Do you have an extra piece of glass lying around? Maybe you have an old picture frame hidden away somewhere…or maybe you’re like me and you used the frame for a Paper Art project and that left you with a lonesome piece of glass…
What do you do with that piece of glass? You turn it into a chalkboard of course!
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I realized that it was the perfect opportunity for me to create a menu board. What a fun way to greet your guests and get their mouths watering with a list of the delicious fare that awaits them!
Because there isn’t a frame, I used an easel to hold the menu board. I’ve decided to use my Chalkboard menu board on my Welsh Cabinet. It sits right beside my Harvest table in the dining room. I can also use it to hold the dinner plates and serving pieces for Thanksgiving dinner.
Let me share how I created this great project…
I started with my pane of glass and Glass Chalkboard Paint. I love the DecoArt Glass Chalkboard Paint! It’s such a great product.
After I cleaned my glass, I simply painted the glass as I would any other project. I used a craft brush but you could also use a foam roller.
I let the first coat dry completely before I applied more coats. I painted a total of three coats on the glass. It’s important to get complete coverage.
After my last coat was dry, I glued a piece of black foam board on the back of the glass. It was a personal preference, because I wanted to give a little extra support to the glass and to make me fill better when handling it since there is no frame around the edges. I cut the foam board the same size as the pane of glass and glued it on with regular craft glue.
Next, I “seasoned” the chalkboard by rubbing chalk over the entire board vertically and then horizontally. I wiped the board clean with a dry cloth. Seasoning a chalkboard is important because it prevents you from having your first “writings” from staying! You want everything to wipe away clean.
For the edges, I decided to hot glue some gorgeous Fall garland around the perimeter of the glass, to not only cover the glass edge but add a great decorative touch. I found the garland at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts and got a great deal at 60% off!
After the garland was attached, I arranged the bittersweet to “frame” the chalkboard.
If you check out Pinterest, you’ll find lots of tutorials on creating amazing designs and cute fonts for your chalkboard. I created my menu using three different fonts on Word, printed them out and to be honest…I just free-handed it by looking at the print-out. There are more sophisticated ways to do it, but at 8:50pm…with The Walking Dead heading my way (the show…not the real thing), I wanted to move a little quicker! But the great thing about a chalkboard is that you can erase and start over! I can sit down and get a little more “perfection” before the real feast commences. Plus, there’s a lot more food to add to that list!
If you have an extra piece of glass lying around, big or small, this makes a great project that will add fun and interest to your holiday meal!
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