Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chalkboard tags

I know, you're thinking "Chalkboard paint?  That was so last season."

Well, my friends, I do not feel like I have fully explored all the benefits that chalkboard paint has to offer.

So, here is my attempt to add a little clarity to my home via chalkboard tags.

"Clarity," you ask?

Allow me to explain...

You see, I have two white ceramic canisters on my counter.  They are very simple and I love them.  One holds sugar, and the other holds flour.

Now, since I live here, I know which one is which.

However, when people come to visit they are always asking "where is the sugar?"  (I've found that guests don't have much need for flour, understandably.)

I have loved the chalkboard tags that I have seen in stores, but in my frugality I knew I could make them and save a few bucks.

Here is my attempt at my own custom chalkboard tags.  Super simple, and that's the way I roll so it was a fun little project.
I used rectangular wooden tags from Michael's.  I think they were a dollar, but I had a 50% off coupon.  They measure 1" x 3".

Everything else I already had on hand.  LOVE it when that happens!
I spray painted the rectangles with the chalkboard paint and let them dry for 24 hours (waiting is always the hardest part).

Then I used my cricut to cut out an edge that I liked and traced it onto the rectangle with a pencil.
I used gray for one side and yellow (some days you just want a pop of color, you know?) for the other.  I painted along the pencil line and filled in to the edges.  The gray covered well, the yellow needed a few coats.

Once they dried, I used white paint and edged the design border of the gray.  I edged the yellow one with gray paint.

Let them dry a bit longer.  Then I drilled two holes in them and threaded them with white ribbon (I was going to use twine, but I didn't like the look as much).

I looped them over the top of the canisters, and I am ready to go...
I love how they turned out!

And for those days when we need a little pop of color (which I guess is today since my boys have already flipped them over and proclaimed their preference of the yellow)...
It's always nice to have options.

Now, hopefully my guests appreciate the clarification.  But I'll still answer them, if they ask. :)

Happy Thursday everyone!


Kristin said...

So cute! I've been wanting to do something with chalkboard paint too!

Paige said...

I love them! They are THIS season too :)