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DIY Chalkboard Charger Plate

I have been wanting to do something with chalkboard paint for a while now. I kept seeing all these cute crafts on Pinterest and Etsy involving chalkboard paint and decided I'd give it a try! The great thing about the chalkboard art is you can use it for all seasons. I love that this can be a year-round decoration for Valentine's Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. I originally planned to use it as a Christmas countdown but who was I kidding? I'm too lazy to change out the number of days until Christmas every morning, so a simple Christmas message that would last until the end of the year was the answer.

I would love to say I am one of those people with picture-perfect handwriting on any surface, but that isn't me...at all. I wrote out a message, erased, tried again, and after several tries decided it wasn't going to look perfect and that's okay. Thankfully Parker isn't a handwriting critic because he loved it when he saw it...bless that sweet husband!


Want to make one too? It's super simple and cost me under $5 to create. Here's what you need:








Materials:
Plate charger (available at Hobby Lobby for $1)
Chalkboard paint
Foam Brush
Chalk









Directions:
1. Use the foam brush to paint your charger with chalkboard paint. It will take several coats to completely cover the charger. For your first coat, paint in a horizontal direction. Let dry an hour. Paint a second coat in a vertical direction, and let dry an hour. I chose to do a third coat in a horizontal direction and then be done. I would probably do a fourth coat if I had it to do all over again. The more the merrier with this project.
2. Once paint is applied and completely dry, lightly color charger with chalk. Leave chalk on the charger for 48 hours to condition the chalkboard. After 48 hours, gently wipe clean with a damp paper towel.
3. Grab your chalk and get to work on your latest masterpiece!


Tips:
  • Don't press too hard when using the chalk on the charger. It may be harder to wipe clean.
  • Make sure your charger is completely dry each time you write on it.
  • All I could find at the store was the big chalk pieces, but buy the smaller ones if you can. They are much easier to write with!



19 comments :

Mackenzie @bellbliss.blogspot.com said...

Such a cute and easy idea!

Melissa said...

This is the cutest ever! I keep wanting to try all these things, but our craft stores back East are so expensive. I miss Hobby Lobby!

Ashley said...

I never thought of this! I have chalk board paint from another project. That is a super cute and easy decoration!

Noor said...

This is brilliant , seriously!

Janelle Vannice said...

I love this, Chelsea! It turned out really cute! :)

Rachel Lynn said...

Love this! My hubby is in the middle of making me a larger square chalkboard. I'm super excited for it to be finished. I'm with you and LOVING all the Pinterest projects :)

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Brianna said...

This is such a great idea! I've been in love with all things chalkboard and this is a MUST for me! Thanks so much!!!

Tammy Jo said...

Loving the new look around here :)

Bailey @ Becoming Bailey said...

This is so cute!

Bailey @ Becoming Bailey said...

This is so cute!

Amanda Patten said...

love it, im obsessed with chalkboards and this is perfect for the kitchen, thanks!!

Traci@TheHallway said...

Love it! Nice work!! :) I've been wanting to do something too to keep on the kitchen counter, and it is always something I put off before all of my other crafting that I want done... Maybe one day I will get around to it! ;) haha!

Jen said...

This is such a cute idea! I love it. :)

Glenda K said...

Looks easy to do and it is so affordable to make. Thank you for the tip, your follower www.fashionphases.com

Brittney @ True Vintage Love said...

This is super cute! I have OKAY writing but it seems like anytime I need to do it on a weird/different surface, it looks like a kindergartener's!

Kenzie S said...

That turned out really cute!

Susannah said...

It turned out adorable, girlie!!! :-)

Harley Cocks said...

Such a neat idea, clever!!

Patty said...

So cute and easy too! Adding this to my list of chalk board paint crafts ;)

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