DIY Family Reminder Chalkboard

DIY Family reminder chalkboard to keep you organized. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.com*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts® via Blueprint Social.  All opinions, thoughts, craft errors, chalk hands and paint stained floor are my own.

I am a list maker. I literally write everything down so I don’t forget it.  But the problem is, I’m also a stacker/straightener.  Do you know what that is? It’s where I straighten things up by making stacks.  Which means I bury my to-do lists.  So I wanted a way to be able to leave out family reminders so we don’t forget things as we head out the door in the morning. DIY chalkboards are not new. But I wanted to do mine a little bit differently.  I wanted it to sort of blend in with our decor a little bit, a little more arty.  And I also wanted something that wasn’t totally permanent in terms of what it says. I like to use things in multiple ways. I figured out that Chalkboard Paint would be the perfect thing to use.

Martha Stewart offers great chalkboard paints and liquid chalk paint to use with their adhesive stencils. #ad #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewartCrafts // cupcakesandcutlery.comMartha Stewart Crafts® has these awesome products out that worked perfect for my project.  The color options for the Martha Stewart Crafts® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint are amazing! While of course the traditional, dark chalkboard color is classic, I was excited to play around with some of these other colors. And they work on any porous surface so they are totally versatile.  And the Martha Stewart Crafts® Erasable Liquid Chalk is EXACTLY what this project needed! It goes on like paint, dries and doesn’t smudge, but can be wiped off with a damp cloth!  Totally perfect. The Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreen Stencils are made to work this awesome paint so I couldn’t wait to try them out.

DIY "Don't Forget" Chalkboard for keeping your family reminders right where you will see them. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.com

For this project you will need:

A wooden board

Black spray paint

Martha Stewart Crafts® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint

Blue painter’s tape

A paint brush (I used a roller brush, but either will work)

Martha Stewart Crafts® Erasable Liquid Chalk

Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreens
Use spray paint to add some interest behind your DIY chalkboard for family reminders. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comI laid out my board on a drop cloth and used the spray paint to create some lines. There is no rhyme or reason to how I did this, I just knew that I didn’t want it symmetrical.

Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comNext I taped off the edge of the board with the painter’s tape. I used a small roller to paint on the Martha Stewart Crafts® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint in Oxblood.  I found that using a brush left the surface a little less smooth when finished but either is fine. I let the first coat dry for about an hour and then painted on a second coat. I let that dry and then did some touch ups where the board needed a little bit more paint. I didn’t prime this area first as I was fine if the black lines showed through a little bit.  But the paint covered it really well.

I then let the paint dry for 24 hours before priming it with chalk. If you don’t prime your chalkboard paint first, whatever words you first write will not completely wipe off. It’s such a bummer.  All you have to do is take a piece of white chalk, lay it on its side, and rub the chalk on the board. I did this in rows, first cover the board in one direction and then turning it one half turn so the lines were going the other direction. Then, using a soft rag, wipe it all off.  Make sure to do this outside. It’s crazy messy.

Liquid chalk paint is awesome when you want a note to stay on, but not permanently. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comOnce it has been primed, your chalkboard is all ready to use. I decided that although the Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreens are super awesome, the letters were not quite the scale I wanted for my board.  I decided to free hand “don’t forget” and then use one of the decorative  stencils for a little extra fun.

Martha Stewart adhesive silkscreens are perfect for use with the liquid chalk paint. It goes on like paint and doesn't smudge. But comes off with a damp cloth. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comThe stencils work best if you rub them to your surface, concentrating on the area right next to the screen. Also, start with a light hand with the Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2 oz Erasable Liquid Chalk but make sure to cover completely. As you can see from the arrow on the right, I missed the tip. But once it was dry, I was able to wipe it off and redo it. I chose to use the Liquid Chalk for this part of the sign as it won’t change from day to day.  While once in a while I will probably change what the sign says, you know, for birthdays, holidays, special messages, etc., mostly I want it to just say, “don’t forget.”

Easy Chalkboard family reminder board. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comI really like how it came out!  While it may not fit in everyone’s decor, it goes perfectly with our aesthetic and vibe. The Oxblood even matches our carpet really well!

Family reminder board for keeping yourselves organized on your way out the door. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comWe now have a place where we can write notes to ourselves about what we need to remember each day as we are heading out the door.

DIY Family Reminder Chalkboard. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comThe smaller chalk works better for smaller writing so I’m keeping some right by the sign to make it super easy.

DIY chalkboard reminder board for the whole family. #ad #MarthaStewartCrafts #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewart // cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd of course Ronald has to watch over it.  Forgetting to bring any of the things on this list, well that just wouldn’t be prudent.

The Liquid Chalk Paint from #MarthaStewartCrafts is awesome! No smudging and wipes off their chalkboard paint with a wet towel. Genius! #ad #PlaidCrafts // cupcakesandcutlery.comI also decided that I wanted to make a chalkboard area on a fabric lunch bag. Since my youngest son will only be in school a few hours a day, we will still be running a lot of errands together in the afternoons. I love to grab things to keep him busy and I know that if I keep a few “grab bags” ready to go, it will cut down on the time it takes to get out the door for our errands too.

DIY anywhere tote for kid's toys using chalkboard paint and liquid chalk paint. #ad #PlaidCrafts #MarthaStewartCrafts  // cupcakesandcutlery.comThis liquid chalkboard paint is kind of amazing. While I am sure the kid’s can rub it off if they really set their mind to it, it will absolutely make it through your trip to get your tires rotated, mail something at the post office or wait the 3 hours to see your doctor… I am also in love with this color of paint, Habanero.  And it didn’t make it in to this post, but I also tried out the color, Ink, a navy blue color and it is SO great!

A fabric lunch bag is a great back to school gift idea for teachers. Especially when filled with fresh flowers. I used #plaidcrafts #MarthaStewartCrafts chalkboard paint to personalize it. #ad // cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd how cool is it that “Legos” easily wiped write off the bag when I decided the lunch sack would also make a fantastic back to school gift…

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DIY T Shirt Designs for 4th of July

DIY spray painted kid's t shirt for 4th of July.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFourth of July is coming up quickly!!  Every year we participate in our communities bike parade and so we like to dress a little festive.  For the last few years we have made our own t shirts.  We make DIY t shirt designs and each boy gets a different one.  They are super excited to wear them on 4th of July.  The boys usually continue to wear them after the holiday but we don’t spend a ton of time or money on them.  They are just a fun way for my family to be patriotic and celebrate together.  

Easy iron-on kid's shirt for 4th of July.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy oldest son helped me to design his shirt.  He even fiddled around with Illustrator getting the alignment just right.  This kid sure likes things a certain way.  I wonder who he takes after with that…

Easy kid's t shirts for celebrating fourth of  July.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI found our blank t shirts at Target and both were on sale for $5 each.  Such a great price for the base piece.  I was so glad they had the colors of America in stock. 

Use spray paint for a DIY kid's 4th of July t shirt.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI used my favorite technique of spray painting on my youngest son’s shirt.  I’ve done these before and they come out messy, cool, and not as dark as if you were to use fabric paint.  I first printed out “USA” on a piece of computer paper and then made a stencil using some craft plastic.  

Make a simple stencil from craft plastic and then use spray paint to make a quick and easy 4th of July craft. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com

I put a magazine in the inside of the shirt to keep the paint from seeping through.   Then I used spray adhesive to adhere the stencil to the shirt (don’t use too much or you end up with some on the shirt when you peel it off!)  I used a plastic grocery bag and tape to make sure the res of the shirt was covered and out-of-the-way of the over spray.  Then I did one pretty heavy spray of the black spray paint.  I let it dry and then removed the tape, bag and stencil.  Grab a simple blank t shirt and add a patriotic design for 4th of July.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou can see that in some areas the spray paint seeped a little bit.  I think that works perfectly with the tie dye effect of the shirt.  I certainly wouldn’t dream of starting over just to not get those few little spots.  You can also see some of the blue showing through the letters which I think looks kind of cool.  Of course if you want a more finished product, just use normal stencils and fabric paint and carefully paint your design.

Kid's t shirt for 4th of July made easy with a simple iron on design. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnother of our go-to methods for making 4th of July shirts is to use iron ons.  My son and I first created our flag inspired design on the computer and then printed it on t shirt transfer paper for dark-colored shirts.  Then we just followed the directions on the transfer paper to iron the design on.  

Quick t shirt for fourth of July.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI love how this one came out and so did my son.  I can’t wait for them to wear these on 4th of July as we celebrate with the rest of our community!  Do you dress up for 4th of July?

 

Goal Setting for the Blog and a DIY Tutorial

Create and inspiring work space.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy head is spinning.  Recently I found out a number of things that were wrong with my blog, behind the scenes.  I have always felt like things weren’t set up right but I really didn’t know why.  So I decided to some research and try to teach myself new things.  Holy moly.  The issues that I knew were there but didn’t know were there (are you with me?) started to become apparent.  Which is both awesome and awful at the same time.  It is awesome because I now know some of the things that I want to fix but now I need more time so I can fix all of them!  I decided to sit down and write out my current goals for updating the blog.  Writing down goals is a really great way to help you get your mind right.  Instead of sitting here with a jumbled head, I can set a plan for how to get it all done.

Easy tutorial for decoupage planter/vase.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI sat down at my new work space, which I made pretty with this adorable DIY decoupage planter, and really thought about things in terms of priority and function.  By writing out these steps, it also helped me to figure out who in my blogging community might be able to answer some questions I still have about processes or be able to provide some guidance in some way.  

Goal setting for the blog:  current things to improve on.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI went from feeling all sorts of weird about my blog to having a game plan.  My heart literally races with excitement about getting to work on these goals.  If you know anything about blogging you know that goals 1 and 3 are no small task.  But they MUST be done!  With over 1000 posts, this is going to take me a while.  But I’m ready!  I’ve researched the best way to go about these tasks and am looking forward to marking them off my list.  And goal number 4 starts now!  I have been so lucky to have met a community of great gals online who are always willing to give me their attention.  And I want to make sure to do the same for them!  My husband says I’m already done with #5.  Isn’t he sweet?

Head over to the Tiny Prints blog to check out the full tutorial for my DIY Decoupage Planter inspired by this rad postcard.  What are your blog goals?  What major projects are you taking on?

DIY Painted Cutting Boards

fruit face on neon cutting board  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comOh hey there.  I’m going to come right out and say that I don’t love things that aren’t entirely useful.  And this one is not 100 % useful in my opinion.  But like Kristen on RHONY, it sure is pretty (if you don’t get that reference, you don’t watch enough television).  So anywho, these are DIY painted cutting boards.  But the paint is not food safe.  So you would have to sort of hand wash this.  So I would really only serve things on it that aren’t super greasy etc.  So see, it’s kind of dumb.  But I just couldn’t take the plain wood.  Something had to be done.

Take plain cutting boards and make them cooler with a little paint. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI picked up a two pack of these cutting boards from HomeGoods and LOVED that they were two different sizes.  But they were so gosh darn plain.  It’s like the little black dress that needs some accessories.  As is, these serving platters would have bored my guests to death.  And I would feel really bad about that.  

Tape of geometric sections and paint to create a custom serving piece with a standard cutting board. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo I taped off a bunch of random geometric patterns and painted a bunch of different colors.  I love color. 

DIY neon painted cutting boards for entertaining.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo much better, right?!  I’m thinking that I could use some sort of sealer over the painted area to make it more hand-wash friendly.  Not sure if Mod Podge or anyone else for that matter makes something that is food safe but as long as I aim to place food on the center section I am certain I will not poison any guests.  DISCLAIMER:  If you make this you assume all risk for your guests, family and anyone else you feed off this hand-painted board.  Poisoning people is not cool so use caution when painting anything that will be used in conjunction with food.  

Painted geometric cutting boards // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comDang, look how cool that fruit looks now that it is served on these hand painted cutting boards.  I mean, I totally want to hang out with that fruit don’t you?  Need to see how these fit in to an entertaining set up?  See them here.

 

Loom Inspired Rubber Band Garland

Loom bracelet inspired rubber band garland. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy 8 year old son gets all the credit for this DIY.  Last month he was super in to those loom bracelets.  One day I had a bunch of rubber bands sitting out and he started linking them together like you would if you were making a bracelet.  Duh.  That would make for a super cute and super easy loom inspired rubber band garland.

Easy DIY rubberband garland.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd because this is inspired by a super hot fad in kidland, you could probably even talk your kids in to making these for you.  Genius. [Read more...]