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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Countdown 'til Christmas Tutorial
Step 1- Apply days til Christmas on the bottom of the chalkboard. I stamped mine on with acrylic paint or you could use stickers, vinyl, paint pen, whatever you have on hand.Step 2-cut card stock to fit the sides. I cut 2 strips 3/4" x 12" for and then cut that strip to fit one long side and one short side. I was able to get 6 chalkboards covered with one 12"x12" piece of card stock.Step 3-Apply glue to the chalkboard frame then add the paper. Once it is dry sand the edges with sand paper or a nail file to remove any paper that is hanging over the edges. This will also give your paper a distressed edge.Step 4- Drill two holes at the top to put your wire through.Step 5- Put the wire through the first hole and then wrap the wire around a pen to curl it then thread the end through the other hole, finally wrap the end around your chalk to make a holder.Step 6- Cut three pieces of ribbon mine were seven inches long and seal the ends. You can use fray check or melt the end with a lighter or candle. Then tie the ribbon on the wire opposite the chalk holder.This is a great beginner project. I hope you give it a try and have fun counting down the days until Christmas!