Monday, May 30, 2016

DIY Chalkboard wood tags (and how to avoid poisoning your friends at parties)

Are you as happy as I am to be celebrating the un-official start of Summer today?

For this week I wanted a project that could be useful for the upcoming summer gatherings and just recalled the last time that we had visits at our place, we had a Taco Party where we offered some frutal infusions drinks (we are trying to eat as clean as possible so we are avoiding the sodas) that apparently looked too dangerous.

We wanted to spoil our friends so we prepared some exotic combinations: watermelon + chia, cucumber + strawberry + blueberry, mint + strawberry, etc, and we used large mason jars to serve them, and even when they looked cute (and fresh!) I had to confirm each person the list of ingredients before they were ready to take a zip (not that I would try to poison them), once they overcome the poison fear I received a lot of requests for the recipes in writing, so I can assume  that they were a hit!

This week's project are some cute tags that you can use for your beverages, food plates or even for names.

Chalkboard Wood Tags

Difficulty: Easy
Time required: 1 hour (or less)

Supplied Needed:

  1. Wood "slices" (I got mine from a tree branch that fell down and we "rescued" but if you can't find wood you can also use cardboard or cork)
  2. Chalkboard paint
  3. Rope
  4. Brush
  5. Scissors
  6. Paper plate
  7. Silicone (Hot/cold - any will work)
  8. Chalks (Not pictured)
  9. Optional: Plastic flowers (Not Pictured)

Let's do this:

1) Start by pouring some chalkboard paint on the paper plate:

2) Using the brush cover one side of your wood slice:

3) Once finished let it dry and check if the paint has completely covered the wood, as you can see in the image below mine was not ready so I applied a second coat of paint.

4) Measure the rope needed using the mouth of your vase and cut leaving additional rope to be glued to the wood.

5) Locate a central top position in the back of your painted wood and apply some silicone.

6) Press the rope against the wood creating an x with the rope extremes:

7) Use more silicone to glue the rope extremes to the wood:

8) The back of your wood will look like this:

10) Use the chalks to write whatever label you want, in my case I prepared some frutal infusion water, one was made of mango and the other included a combination of berries: strawberries and blueberries.

Optional step: When I was finishing this project I remembered that I had some (plastic) flower mini bouquets and thought that it may look nice with our tags so I recommend this as an optional addition, fresh flowers will look even better but probably won't last long with the current weather.

These flowers are very easy to handle, simply attach them to one of the extremes of the tag as shown below:

Your tags are done now:

This is one of those easy projects that you can make with things that you already have in your house, and as chalkboard paint works in almost any surface you can create writable spaces all over your house so please take it easy with it because you can become a chalkboard   addict.

Hope you liked this week's project, and most important, hope that you decide to create your own, and if you'll have a party you can definitely count on me (I can bring some infusioned water jars!!)


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