I'm really happy with how this "chalkboard" Christmas ornament turned out! This was one of the first projects I ever did where I tried to make my own chalk-board textured paint, and I think it worked out pretty well.
It was pretty easy to make, and here's all I did:
- I didn't have grout (the usual ingredient for DIY chalk paint), so I researched a little to see what I could do with some at home ingredients. I found THIS tutorial for making chalk paint with baking soda.
- After I made the paint, I took an old ornament and put a layer on. It didn't want to stick well to the glossy ornament, so I used the hairdryer to help the paint dry faster.
- All together, I put about 5 layers of the chalk paint on, using the hairdryer between each layer.
- Lastly, I took some clear spray paint to put a light coat over everything to help it solidify.
Sorry for the lack of pictures on how to do it, but my hands were pretty full between holding the ornament to keep the paint even and using the hairdryer. I need three hands.
I don't think this ornament can take much wear and tear without getting scratched off, but if you take good care of it (and probably not wipe the chalk off too often) then it will continue looking great for your tree!
And because I know you'll want to see it on the tree!
(I haven't decided what I think about this red tinsel. I'm foreseeing it leaving the tree before the day's end.)
I used the same batch of paint that I used on the ornament for the Coffee and Tea sign behind the tree.