When it comes to gift-giving, we have a little system in our house. In order to keep toys at a minimum we give the girls something they want, something they need, something handmade and something to read.
A few weeks ago we celebrated their 2nd birthday and they got waaaaaay too many toys. For some reason, people don’t believe you when you say, “No gifts.” I can’t control what others buy, but we kept to our little system and this year’s something handmade came in the form of these mini individual blackboard primers. And the best part is that I used only scraps and leftovers to make them!
I just cut my boards to size, sanded them, and painted the front with 3 coats of chalkboard paint.
I painted the back of each board using a high-gloss hot pink paint I had on hand from my latch board project back in December. I’m hoping the girls can use these in the car during our upcoming road trip. The backs can serve as a hard surface for coloring in books and on paper when they’re bored of the chalkboard.
I grabbed a leather strap from a purse I have — it has handles and I never use the strap — and cut it down to make my primer handles.
I screwed holes into the top of each primer and attached the leather handles to the boards using screws and cap nuts.
Always remember to season your chalkboard by rubbing chalk over the entire piece and wiping clean. Then they’re ready for use.
We utilize chalkboards quite a bit in this house and I think this is a DIY that will most certainly grow with them.