Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cheater's Merry Christmas Chalkboard

What do you do when you are obsessed with chalkboards, but have no talent with lettering? 

Well, ya cheat...
Here's my old chalkboard I made years ago. If this is your first visit here's the info on it... 

As most people do, I painted an old picture frame and Wild Bill cut a thin 1/8 inch hardboard down to size. I painted it with black chalk paint (not chalkboard paint) and didn't bother to chalk it up as I like the dark black look with the bright white frame.  It seemed a little plain, so we screwed an old metal spice rack (with cup hooks) into the frame. 

Recently I took down the Fall decor that was hanging on it and started decorating it for Christmas. I added 2 battery operated twinkle lights (about $7 at Walmart and Target, they are my go to for any decorating) , 2 regular branches and 2 flocked branches, and then an old bow that's been around the house since time began.
That wasn't gaudy enough, so I added 4 silver-glimmer reindeer ornaments (a 10-pack for $4 or $5 at Walmart)  above the cup hooks. 
As you can see, our kitchen cabinets are kind of a brownish-yellowish color. I like the goldish bow because it matches the cabinets and I thought the silver reindeer matched the flocking on the branches. That's the excuse I'm using anyway...truth is, I just thought it looked festive!
But then, there was the problem of the chalkboard. Maybe you've read before that my go-to chalkboard saying is "Happy 4th!" Yeah, that's the extent of my chalkboard skill set. So what to do? 
I found this oval, looks-like-a-chalkboard sign at a local store and hung it on a removable 3M hook from Lowes. Problem solved.
 Here's a close-up of the lights blurred so they stand out. It's hard to see them in some of the pictures, but they really light up when it gets dark outside.
And that my friends is how you cheat to make your chalkboard lettering when you write like a 3rd grader...

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  1. That looks GREAT, Sugar! My chalk board talents aren't great either...I envy those that have that skill. I was going to order a stencil till I saw the one I wanted was $70+...that cured me!

    You board looks great all "glitzed" up. I love it- xo Diana

  2. This looks absolutely beautiful - it looks like something you
    paid a fortune for! Great job - very creative!

  3. Rivercrest Cottage,
    I l o v e it!!!
    Makes me want to "drop~in" for a cup of steaming hot cocoa!!!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful 'cheaters' Merry Christmas Chalkboard!!!

  4. I love it! aren't you clever. I still want to marry Wild Bill.

  5. You are always doing something creative and it always turns out pretty. Just let me try writing on something...and it's ruined for sure!

  6. I LOVE it!
    I don't call it cheating,
    I call it genius!
    So Pretty!

  7. I love your Merry Christmas black sign, love the fancy lettering

  8. I LOVE it! And like you, I have to cheat as I have no lettering talent whatsoever!!

  9. Don't ever think you're not talented or crafty. Your chalkboard is beautiful and why couldn't you do something similar with a small mirror. Just love the look! Bess from Mass

  10. That is so very clever! Please come and share at my Five Star Frou-Frou linkup? We'd love to host you. Love, Mimi xxx

  11. This turned out absolutely gorgeous! Really, truly wonderful!

  12. Great idea...it looks great!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  13. Love this little Christmas wall! Thanks for sharing with us at Talented Tuesday!

  14. I love it! Love the whole thing, reindeer and all. It is not gaudy at all. It is VERY festive.