Saturday, November 13, 2010

May Arts altered chalkboard

I was with the kids one day at the dollar store and saw these little chalkboards and knew they'd be fun to play with.  I bought them thinking that I'd make one for each of the boys, but then I got all this pink ribbon from May Arts and Glue Arts and it looked like I was going to have to make one for myself :)


Glue Arts hot glue gun

Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive

Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive squares (small)

May Arts striped grosgrain ribbon (2 styles)

May Arts velvet ricrak trim

Small, wooden framed chalkboard

Needle and white embroidery floss


Flower stamps (I used the Hero Arts Bold Blossoms)

Black ink

Small green buttons

Scraps of patterned paper in pink and green

Acrylic block


1. To make the large flowers, cut a length of the grosgrain ribbon that is 12-18 inches long. A longer piece will make a more ruffled flower. Make a running stitch along one side of the ribbon with the needle and thread, leaving a tail at the end.

Once you've sewn along the edge of the ribbon, pull the string to gather it tight, still leaving tails at both ends.

Tie the ends into a knot and trim the thread to make the flower.

To make the smaller flowers, just fold the ribbon in half before running the stitch along the open edge.

2. Add the velvet trim to the chalk board buy first running Glue Arts Ribbon adhesive around the frame, then attaching the trim to it.

3. Stamp the flower centers using black ink on patterned paper. The leaves should be stamped the same way, but on green paper. Cut out all images with the scissors.

4. Add the flower centers to the ribbon flowers, then add the flowers and leaves to the board using The Glue Arts hot glue gun.

5. Tie knots in the buttons with the embroidery floss and needle and use a small Glue Arts extreme adhesive square to attach them to the center of each stamped flower.

You can also add some of the ribbon to the back of the board and use it for hanging.  I think I know some boys and girls that will  be very excited to get these for Christmas. 

1 comment:

Cricket said...

super cute! Thanks for the tutorial on the flowers, going to have to make some of those!