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DIY // chalkboard placemat

A couple of months ago, I started working with DIY Network on a handful of projects and I wanted to share one of the first of those projects with you today: how to make a no-sew fabric chalkboard placemat.

It's hard to tell without seeing the full tutorial (which you can check out here), but these placemats are really sturdy (almost more like a tray than a placemat), which makes them perfect for writing messages and little doodles after breakfast, before lunch, etc.

I've been using my set of these to jot down notes/ write to dos and have actually been thinking about hanging them on the wall, since I don't eat at the table much. So, they would definitely work as wall art as well if you're not a 'meal at the table' kind of girl. 


Chalkboard Fabric Placemat DIY

Chalkboard Placemat DIY

Want to know how to make your own? Visit this post on DIY Network for more photos and the full tutorial. And be sure to check back over the coming weeks. I'll be sharing some Halloween and Christmas/ Holiday projects soon.

For even more DIYs, check out the DIY tutorials page.


This post was written by Patty of P.S. it's in the details.

I have a super easy DIY to share with you this month. It involves one of my new favorite things: chalkboard paint! Krylon makes a chalkboard spray paint that is really fun to use. I've been using it on a lot of things lately and I found out that it works well on cardstock - from which you can then cut or punch shapes!

Since Valentine's day is right around the corner, why not get a head start on a few creative accents for your tags, gifts, or cards!

Here are the materials you'll need: 1. Krylon Chalkboard paint 2. white cardstock 3. large heart punch (I used Fiskars) 4. chalk 5. paper towel 6. assorted decorations (glitter, ribbons or trims, three-dimensional paint, charms, etc.)

Decorations are up to you! Grab some red, pink, white or purple things from your craft stash!

Here is how you make it:

1. Set up in a well ventilated area (outside is best). Place your white cardstock on newspaper. Follow the manufacturer's directions on the can to apply the chalkboard paint. I found that several light coats work best (rather than one heavy coat). It dries really fast so you won't have to wait too long.

2. Rub a piece of chalk, on its side, all over the chalkboard paper. You have to 'prime' the surface to get it ready for use.

3. Take a soft paper towel and rub the chalk off, like you would to erase a blackboard.

4. You are now ready to write on your surface!

5. Use your paper punch to punch out the heart shapes.

6. Embellish! (Just a note - I found it easier to write the chalk sentiments before doing the embellishing. Keep in mind that you have to handle your little hearts with care so you don't smudge your words.)

There are so many things you can do. I'll share a few ideas - glitter around the edge (brush very edge with glitter glue then sprinkle glitter). Add dots of 3-D paint around the edge. Add a colorful brad and some trims....

Adhere a lace trim around the back edge and add a few buttons. Use a pencil eraser dipped in glitter paint to add polka dots...

Make a heart from red Stickles. Add a charm. Adhere a sparkly sequin trim around the outside edge...

After you decorate your hearts, you can add them to your tags, cards or anything that needs a special Valentine touch! I have an example of one of my favorite hearts on a tiny glassine envelope. (Tucked inside is an iTunes gift card - shhhhhhh!)

This is such a flexible technique - once you have your cardstock painted with the chalkboard paint you can use any shape punch (although larger punches are better because they give you more room to write).

The next time you are at a craft store or hardware store check out the paint aisle for chalkboard paint. You'll be glad to have a can of it in your craft stash! Happy creating!

About Patty: Patty Schaffer is the owner of P.S. it's in the details, an Etsy shop where you can find creative paper things that will make you ooooo and ahhh! Her shop specializes in paper accents for scrapbooking, card making, gift giving and home decor. Patty also shares DIY and craft projects, news on upcoming shop releases and other fun things on her blog, Capture the Details.

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Chicago-based artists Sarah and Joseph Belknap were inspired by their mutual love of color theory, the concept of home, landscape, science, and architecture when they created their line, I Am Home.

You can definitely see the science textbook and architectural influence in their color-drenched line. The Chicago Street Fences are selling out faster than they can make them, but the focus of their line is their colorful chalkboard skulls and forest magnets. The chalkboard skulls sound macabre, but they're fun and practical. I want one in every color!

Who knew a line of realistic tree model magnets and chalkboard chalkboard skulls could go together so perfectly?

Check out their selection of work in the I Am Home Etsy Shop.

Vanessa wrote this post. She is a full time copywriter and webmarketer with a passion for art, creativity, and thrift. She writes about thrifting, creating, and saving money every weekday on her blog, Thrift Core.