Monday, November 26, 2012

"O" is for Ornaments #3

Paint: Handpainted chalkboard ornaments

The chalkboard craze is still going strong so for Christmas I made chalkboard ornaments with handpainted seasonal phrases:

Hung with a bit of jute rope:

All wrapped up and ready to give:

In lieu of chalk I opted for a more permanent solution using white acrylic paint.  

A little patience, a steady hand and some really fun fonts and you can make these:
(For lots of free fonts use

They look so good as a collection too!

Here's how I made the chalkboard ornaments:

1. Cut 1/4" plywood into 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" pieces.
Apply blue painters tape around edges covering up 1/4":

2. Paint two coats black chalkboard paint:

3. Remove blue tape and apply red acrylic around border:

4. Make the dot border detail with white acrylic and the end of a paint brush:

5. Print out the phrases using all different fonts in sizes to fit the boards:

6. Line up the print out on top of the chalkboard and trace letters with ballpoint pen.
The pressure of the pen will make an indent in the plywood:

7. Paint on and inside the indent left behind by the pen:

8. Seal the painted surface with Minwax poly clear semi-gloss:

9. Predrill holes in both upper corners for jute.
Thread jute from back and tie knot then repeat for other corner:

10. For the wrapping I used cello bags and these cute free Christmas tags:

I'm linking up to:

Christmas Crafts @ Shanty 2 Chic
Christmas Craft Party @ Nesting Place
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now


  1. Super cute! I am featuring them tomorrow on my blog!

  2. Oh wow! These are awesomely cute ornaments! Very creative!

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  3. These are adorable! I've pinned you to my pinterest board here: