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DIY Chalkboard Menu

Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t been around all week. The weather has been absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t resist taking a little blogging break to enjoy it with the kids. I hope you’ll understand. :)

But today I’m finally showing you my new chalkboard menu. I’ve wanted to make one for nearly two years now and just got around to it this week. I got the idea from my crafty neighbor (hi Haeley!). She’s awesome and always has the cutest ideas. I wish you could see her house, it’s gorgeous! She has the best sense of style. But anyway she had this idea to make a chalkboard for her daughter using these laser cut wooden frames from Micheal’s. I thought it was brilliant!

I made my chalkboard menu using chalkboard vinyl. I love love love this stuff! Have you used it? It’s quickly become my favorite craft product.

After giving it two coats of paint I traced the inner circle onto the back of the chalkboard vinyl. I then added about a half an inch and cut it out. I added a little more to ensure there weren’t any noticeable spaces between the chalkboard vinyl and frame.

To finish it off I cut out some vinyl lettering with my Silhouette Cameo.

Now here’s where I would like to say everything went perfectly and my new chalkboard menu worked great…but my textured walls turned it into a craft fail! When I wrote on it the words looked hideous and the vinyl wouldn’t lay straight. So I put it on my refrigerator! I actually like it so much better now. I used double sided mounting squares to apply the frame. It’s not where I imagined having a chalkboard but it’s fun and different. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Linking up to these parties, TCB, My Repurposed Life, Home Stories A2Z

Comments

  1. Crystal, this is soooooo cute! I love those frames and this looks fab! hope you enjoyed your week, it’s good to take time away! ;)

  2. Hi Crystal all rested? This a super crafty idea. Thanks

  3. I’m glad you took some time to be with your kids and enjoy the nice weather! This menu board is so cute! My kids are always wondering what is for dinner!

  4. It is always nice to take a little break to spend time outside & re-energize! I am such a fan of this idea and have been seeing the Silhouette’s everywhere recently. I cannot think of a cooler gift for a blogger :) Thanks for another great idea Crystal.

  5. Debra Kapellakis says:

    COOL!

  6. I need to go to Michaeals asap. :) This is so adorable! I love the color you chose!

  7. LOVE it! I havent worked with chalkboard vinyl yet but I so want to. Where did you purchase the frame of your menu from? It’s beautiful! I also LOVE the look of the blog…very nice :)

  8. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-your-stuff-20.html

  9. I love this!!! So pretty. I need to look around Michaels more. I never find stuff like this!!!!

  10. I’d love it if you could link this up to my party…
    http://thecraftedsparrow.blogspot.com/2012/04/crafted-sparrow-link-party-3.html
    Thanks.
    Rebecca

  11. Love this! and the color is perfect!

  12. What a great idea! Love the color that you used. Megan

  13. What a great idea. I would love if you linked up to my link party “Show Off Mondays @ Kampen Lane Design”. Cant wait to see what you create next.

    kampenlane.com

    ~Taylor

  14. Hi Crystal,
    I love your chalkboard! I have not used chalkboard vinyl yet but now I want some, today actually…lol. I love the frame and the colors you used as well.
    I also love that you told us it didn’t go perfectly and what you did about it. I don’t like everything I set out to do…in fact, I have one this week that is cute but not really up to the quality I would post. I am still trying to come up with a creative way to post it. lol. {I wouldn’t bother normally but I have promised in other posts that it is coming soon…haha!!! smooth huh? lol}
    Anyways, I am visiting from the craft-o-maniac linky party & I am a new fan :)
    Thank you for sharing!
    see you again soon :)
    amber

  15. Looks so cute! Great find at Michael’s. We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Please join us again next week! Thanks! -The Sisters

  16. Gorgeous! I love the color you used for the frame :)

  17. This is beautiful. I love the color you painted the frame. I bought one of those frames too from Michael’s I just love them! I would love for you to share this at my link party
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/04/share-it-link-party-8.html

  18. This is adorable! Great color choice!

  19. I LOVE your menu chalkboard!!! I would love for you to share it at my party going on now at Jillify It!

    Have a wonderful day! I’m a new follower!
    Jill
    http://www.jillifyit.com

  20. This is fabulous, cute idea. Found you at someday crafts.

  21. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  22. LOVE the paint color you choose! Super sweet! Would love to have you share this at my link party :)
    http://www.pincushioncreations.com/2012/04/homemade-by-you-9.html

  23. I love it, yours turned out great :) I can’t wait to get crafty with you this summer and thanks for mentioning me

  24. I love this and am so wanting to make a menu board!! I just got a Cameo and it is sitting in it’s box…intimidating me! *LOL* Maybe this weekend I’ll be brave enough to give this project a try! Would love if you’d add it to my red, white and blue themed party called Stars and Stripes!

    Have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/04/stars-and-stripes-party.html

  25. So smart to add it your refrigerator! I can’t tell you how many times my projects start great in my head and end up taking a whole new turn along the way! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  26. Love this project…good job! I was wondering…if one wanted to put it on a “smooth” surface, why couldn’t one put it on masonite board, and then put the frame on top of the M. board….it’s pretty darned thin and very smooth…in fact I have just painted the chalk board paint on those boards and has worked out great…just a thought…also helpful for people like me that do not have a Cameo..just a Cricut…BTW…do you know of anyone on Etsy that you can order vinyl letters in whatever you want to say since I don’t have access to that?
    Blessings!
    Becky

  27. I like this craft and I really like the idea of a masonite board. Will definitely put this on the list to do with the kiddos once school gets out in the next few weeks for us. Love the blog!
    Jennifer
    http://www.practicallyperfectprincess.com/

  28. Crystal I love this menu! Who knew their was chalkboard vinyl!?!?! Must find some ASAP!

  29. I love this; we could definitely use one of these in our kitchen! Stopping by from Southern Lovely Show and Share :-)

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