I can’t believe it’s Christmas time again! Seems like I was just working on these tags and this wreath, but here I am, another year wiser, browsing the aggressively festive holiday-themed shelves of the craft store once more. Fortunately, I have a project for you that requires nothing from the crowded Christmas section! A few regular supplies and a drill is all you need to create this chalkboard garland … super cute, versatile, and something you can use around your house long after the holidays are over. As an added bonus, you can keep changing what it says depending on whether the other members of your household are being naughty or nice!
What you need:
wood shapes (as many as you want, depending on what you want to spell!)
baker’s string, yarn, or ribbon
Note: Buy a couple of extra wood shapes in case of drill or painting mishaps! You can always turn extras into gift tags or ornaments.
1. Carefully drill small holes into each wooden shape — you can’t go too big because the wood is very cheap and very thin. I made two holes in each piece using a 3/32 drill bit and just eyeballed the spacing.
4. Brush on a nice even coat on the front side of each piece, and the edges too. The chalkboard paint I purchased specified two coats, an hour apart, and then a cure time of 24 hours. I managed to follow the instructions for once and everything turned out great, so I recommend doing the same.
5. Another paint label instruction that shouldn’t be skipped — rubbing chalk on the painted surfaces to prime them. I can’t explain why that works, but I’m sure there’s a scientific reason so make sure you do this part as well.
7. Measure how long you want the garland to be, then tie a loop on either end and trim excess. You could also string some different ribbons/yarns across the top and bottom of the garland for added texture. Happy decorating!