Christmas

Create Chalkboard Ornaments for Under $12

 

It is that time of the year again, where Christmas trees are being
sold on the side of the roads, cookie swaps and endless amounts of eggnog are
ruining our girlish figures and Christmas décor has become so expensive and mundane.  Well I’ve got an idea to help spruce up your
Christmas tree this year.  And the cost: less
than $12.

I love the rustic look of old wood.  The idea of using old or reclaimed wood to
make new and interesting pieces, upcycling or repurposing, is exciting.  And with my
growing interests in woodworking, I couldn’t imagine anything other than
handmade ornaments made from salvaged wood products.

 

Materials:

 

  • Scrap pieces of wood
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Burlap String
  • Chalk

 

Ok Ladies, Let’s Get Dirty!

 

 1st Stop, my local 2nd hand
retailer.  I got some really cool looking
hardwood flooring for under $2

 

Measure out the pieces. Each ornament will be 10inches
long.  Feel free to go with shorter
pieces. These things can be heavy so base it upon the size of your tree and
preference.
I am cutting with a miter saw. However, this can be easily
accomplished with a Mitre saw box set.

 

Once you have your pieces cut drill holes in either sides
(the right and left) of the wood pieces.

 

(Note: I maintained the original texture and look of the
wood flooring.  I wanted to maintain that
rustic feel and texture of the uneven edges. Besides I’m painting this with black paint. )

 

Spray paint time! Lay the pieces out on a plastic covering
to protect whatever is under it.  In my
case, my garage floor.  Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint makes a great
Chalkboard spray paint.  It dries faster
and eliminates the need for a brush.

Make
sure the room has good ventilation.  I
also used gloves to prevent a sticky situation.

 

Once dry, it’s time to add the string to the ornaments.

 

Double
and triple tie a knot at the openings.

Any chalk will work
fine.  However, I like chalk markers.  The lines are clean and crisp.  Also it reduces the likelihood of chalk
residue falling on the floor and getting all over your clothes.
Don’t be afraid of making a
mistake.  Mistakes happen.  Simply use a moist cloth or paper towel to
remove the chalk.  Once dry,  proceed with writing a special holiday
message.

 

Once complete, hang it and enjoy the satisfaction of looking
at something YOU created.  
Till next time Divas!
~T.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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