I hope everyone has recovered from their July 4th festivities!
For the second year in a row, our town could not do their fireworks show on the 4th because we are under a fire ban. Boo! Things are extremely dry around here, making for super high fire danger. At least the weather was lovely, and we had a good time spending the whole afternoon/evening with friends at a "Freedom Festival" that has been our tradition for over 10 years!
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to start a new July week!
I have a fun little project to share today. A friend gave me an unopened package of these heavy cardboard coasters and I decided to create some fun chalkboard style tags with them.
They are a little over 4" across, and I liked the idea of an over-sized, writable tag that could also be strung together to create a banner for many occasions.
I punched a hole in each cardboard circle. This was a little difficult with my little hand punch, so I switched to a heavier punch and that made a big difference. I painted both sides with ordinary black acrylic craft paint.
Did you know you can use ordinary black paint to create a chalkboard surface for many craft projects? I've done this on lots of small chalkboard projects, and it works great! Of course it's not a washable surface like "real" chalkboard paint, but it's fine for an application like this one.
I "seasoned" each circle by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over each side and erasing with an ordinary felt chalkboard eraser. This gave a soft, almost zinc looking, appearance to each tag.
I added a strip of heavy canvas scrap to each one.
I used some letter stencils to test out how the chalk writing would look on the surface.
I also tried some number stencils with chalk. Pretty cute, huh?
I really like this look!
The chalk erases easily from the surface making these ideal to re-use for many different occasions!
I have two sets of 10 listed over at The Penny and the Pearl today.
I'll be back soon to share some other projects I'm working on. Have a wonderful Monday, friends!
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