February Prop Project: Chalkboard Picture Frames
This months DIY prop project earned us some photo perfect chalkboards. These chalkboards can be used to display any message from a child’s age to a family name.
Here’s how we did it…
- Box knife
- Dry Erase Contact Paper (http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=contact+chalkboard+paper&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=6695184207&ref=pd_sl_5d884mx4d3_b)
- Paint brush
- Picture frames (8×10 or larger work best)
- Semi-gloss paint (any color)
- Duct tape (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun (optional)
- Scissors (optional)
- Thick Ribbon (optional)
First, we did a little consignment shopping and found these interesting frames.
Second, we removed the glass and artwork from the frames. We discarded everything but the backing, which we will need later.
Next, we applied 2 coats of a semi-gloss paint to each frame.
While the frames were drying, we used the backing as a size guide…
to score and cut a piece of cardboard.
Using the measured cardboard, we cut a piece of Dry Erase contact paper large enough to overlap each side of the cardboard.
Now comes the hard part: attaching the contact paper to the cardboard.
Make sure you do this slowly to ensure no creases!
Next, we wrapped the contact paper around the back of the cardboard and taped it down.
After the frames were completely dry, we placed the chalkboard pieces in them and replaced the backings.
We decided to add a handle to our teal frame.
Using the hot glue gun, we attached the ribbon to the back of the frame.
To make the back more visually appealing and to add more stability to the handle, we used fancy duct tape to cover our hot glue mess.