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Singing & Framing & Painting & Hanging

I know I’m a bit late with the chalkboard paint craze….  but that is mostly because I am supremely lazy.  I finally got the paint when I started making things for my wedding.  You see the ornately framed DIY chalkboards everywhere on Pinterest.    They are incredibly easy to make and so cost-effective!

We only had four months to plan our wedding, and only $6K.  We had saved up half, and my mom contributed the other half.  That meant cutting as many corners as possible!

Instead of paying for paper programs, I made a chalkboard!

Instead of printing a menu, I made a chalkboard!

I picked up a ton of frames from GoodWill for $4-$10 each.  Then I spray painted them black (our colors were black & white with a splash of teal)Image

Then I picked up some chalkboard paint.  I saw this tutorial on making your own paint, but I was in a bit of a time crunch and didn’t want to risk anything going awry…  I will probably try it out now that I’ve got free time again!  It looks much more affordable than the Martha Stewart brand I picked up.

Here are the materials I used:

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To save time I grabbed a chalk pen and I forgot to prime the chalkboards…..  They looked great for the wedding, though!

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Once we got back from the wedding, I repainted the chalkboard frames.  And properly primed them!  So now I can change them as often as I like.  My husband requested that we keep the drink menu as it was his favorite.

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I’m really happy with how they turned out 🙂

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Let me know what you think!

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An appropriate use of an inappropriate “novel.”

Paper Dahlias

Paper Dahlias

I love books.  A lot.  Most people who have met me know this.  I tend to get a lot of books as gifts, which is AWESOME.  Every once in a while someone passes along something wretched.  Something painful.  Something that leaves young female minds believing they should throw themselves off cliffs when their boyfriend leaves.   Something that…..  sparkles.

Before I discovered the glory of Pinterest I was at a loss as to what I should do with such gifts.   Should I have a bonfire?  I tried selling them to used bookstores, but no one would take them.   Now, however, I have the perfect outlet!

I just rolled each page into a cone and glued the edges down.  Then I glued them onto a circular piece of cardboard.  Super easy and super cute.  You can head to GoodWill and pick up a few paperbacks if you don’t have any less than desirable novels lying around.  They make great gifts!

This was one of the easiest pieces of artwork I have ever made.  And the simpler the task the more wine can be consumed.  Let me just tell you, I had a wine-tastic evening making the dahlias.

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