Saturday, March 30, 2013

Chalk Frame


Two Christmases ago, Santa did a complete overhaul of our basement. He and his elves built a stage, complete with curtain and lights, rearranged our furniture for a stage viewing area, and transformed the corner of our basement into a school with a magnetic whiteboard and a giant chalkboard wall. Yes, Santa and his elves were busy!! Ever since then, chalk and chalkboards have kind of become a thing around here. No, we don't have chalkboard walls in every room (although we've considered it!)...but we did just paint one in our kitchen and have talked about another one in our front entryway. What can I say....I guess Santa had a good idea.....!



With the start of spring, I thought it would be fun to trade in our white chalk for the colored stuff and see how many more ways we could have fun with it! First I decorated our mantel with sidewalk chalk for Easter (you can see the full mantel here...)


....but I wasn't quite ready to stop there....so I picked up some smaller colored chalk and wooden frames from Michaels....and got to work on this chalk frame!


When I started, I wasn't sure whether to use whole pieces or broken pieces....and then I dropped the first box and had my answer! Since the first box of chalk was already broken, it was fun for Greta to help me break the other pieces and place them on the frame. She placed, I hot glued. We didn't worry too much about getting the size exactly right....as you can see, there are some pieces that hang over the edge....but we thought that added to the charm (if you want a more uniform look, a sharp knife works well to shave down the edges...)


We ended up using 3 boxes of colored chalk (16 pieces each) for one frame. Here's how it looked halfway through....


....and all the way finished!


This project was fun to make and simple enough for kids to help with. Perfect for spring, or for kids' rooms, or for anywhere you want to add a pop of color! My wheels are still turning on our next chalk project (yes....there will be more!) but for now, we're happy with our little frame.....and we think the elves would approve, too!


Here's what you need to make your own:
  • Wooden picture frame(s)
  • 3 boxes (approx. 48 pieces colored chalk) per frame
  • Hot glue gun



Looking for another easy craft idea? Check out my Christmas Ornaments! They would also make great keychains!




Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling!
I hope you feel right at home :)
-Cathy

63 comments :

  1. What a fun, kid friendly way to add extra spring color :)

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    1. Thanks, Jodi! It was such a fun craft for Greta to help me with...we love it! Glad you do too :)

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  2. Ack! I love love this!! I've seen this idea with crayons, but I think I like this even more! Pinned it and I will eventually feature it on my blog, probably in a teacher gift idea roundup! :)

    Sarah
    Craft Quickies

    (Found you on Flamingo Toes.)

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! I have never seen the crayon ones before but it doesn't surprise me that it's been done....I love the "teacher gift" idea!

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  3. This is wonderful-- did you seal the chalk at all? Pinned for later! :)

    ~Emily
    A Tossed Salad Life

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I didn't seal the chalk at all (I liked the matte finish) but sealing it might be a good idea! Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Thanks! That's exactly what I was going for!!

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  5. Bright and kid-friendly. I can't wait to see what you put in the frame!

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    1. It will have to be a picture of all 3...or we will have to make 2 more! :)

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  6. That is an awesome craft. Thanks for showing us how. Take care, Linda

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  7. This is so beautiful and bright! I'm a sucker for anything colorful. My son would love helping me make a chalk frame like this! :)
    I would love for you to stop by and link this post up with our new link party, Much Ado About Monday, if you get a chance. http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/04/much-ado-about-monday-no-3.html

    ~Emily
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Emily! I am trying to add pops of color for spring....glad you like it! I stopped by to link up - thanks for the invite :)

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  8. Very cute and what a nice twist on the crayon frames! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from I Heart Nap Time :)

    RamblingReed.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! Where have I been that I haven't seen these crayon frames!? I will have to check them out :) Glad you stopped by to say hi!

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  9. Very cool! I love this and I have an 8 year old's birthday party coming up. This would be a great activity to make! Thanks so much!

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    1. Oh, perfect! This is easy enough for a group craft...especially with 8 year olds. Just make sure you have the glue situation figured out! :)

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  10. This is absolutely ADORABLE!! LOVE it!! Stopping by from Craftomaniac! Hope you can stop by too!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sara! I'm happy you stopped by...and happy you like the frame!

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  11. Now, isn't that the cutest idea yet! So colorful for Eater.... Would also make a great teacher-gift!


    Have a terrific week….!!
    hugs x
    Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    1. Thanks, Crystelle! I am loving the teacher gift idea....better get to work!

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  12. I totally love this!

    I am pinning this. I would like to invite you to join Pin It Monday Hop Where you pin and get pinned + We are giving away an Ipad Mini (LINK). You can share up to 4 post. If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and join us. I hope to see you there.

    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the visit and the invite, Judy!

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  13. All these pastel colors look so good together! Lovely idea!

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    1. Thank you, Tina! You can't go wrong with bright colors in spring, right?? Glad you stopped by!

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  14. That turned out so cute!! I'd love it if you'd link up to The DIY'ers link party. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-diyers.html

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    1. Thanks, Kayla! I appreciate the invite!!

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  15. Okay, I want your Santa. And this frame is TOO cute!

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    1. Haha! Thanks, Dorothy! To be clear...we only got that Santa 1 year :)

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  16. So cute.........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  17. What a great and colorful idea! I love the chalk on the mantle too!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I look forward to seeing what creativeness you bring next week.

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! I love the bright chalk for spring...it's perfect!

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  18. Very cute idea! Would make a fabulous teacher gift too!! Thanks for sharing,
    Krista @thehappyhousie

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    1. Thanks, Krista! I am definitely keeping this tucked away for teacher's gift idea!

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  19. L-O-V-E this, Cathy!! Pinned ;) Thanks for sharing! ... Hope you're having a terrific week! :*)

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I appreciate the pin, always, but also love hearing from you! Hope you are having a great week too!

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  20. This is so cute! Fun and bright for the kids - thanks for the inspiration! ~Cheryl

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl! Glad I could inspire :)

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  21. Oh my goodness! I love this!

    I just started a new "Pinterest-y" blog. I would love for you to follow me back so that we can continue to share ideas. :)
    http://naptimenothings.blogspot.com/

    Sarah@
    Naptime Nothings

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  22. I love it! I love the bright colors and that it looks like something to do with a child as well. Perfect!
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

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  23. I'm stopping over from the Pinterest Party. I'm so glad you were the post ahead of me. This is SO cute! Pinning to my project board!

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  24. I love it. I was looking at your blog, you have done some truly amazing projects and your cooking looks delicious. We have some incredible recipes and crafts at our sisters blog. Feel free to check us out at shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com

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  25. Such a fun idea! I love the colors. Visiting from the Pinterest Power Party. Pinning asap! :)

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  26. These frames are so cute. I hope you'll consider sharing them at Look What We Did, a month long link up hosted by HammockTracks. I am sure the readers will enjoy this as much as I did. -Savannah www.hammocktracks.com/buttons/

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  27. LOVE this! Cheerful, colorful, original and easy to do...what a perfect project! Thanks so much for linking up at Much Ado About Monday over at Huckleberry Love. We will be featuring you tomorrow on our Friday Features roundup so be sure to swing by and snag a button! :) Looking forward to seeing more of your amazing projects!

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  28. This is absolutely adorable! Thank you for linking it up at the Pinterest Power Party!!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  29. What a fun idea! We would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday link party...just posted it! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2013/04/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

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  30. Visiting from Craftionary. Love this idea and plan to share it with my Granddaughter for a project we can do together (when she gets a little older). Thanks for sharing.
    --Debbie @ One Day at a Time
    http://lovinlife1dayatatime.blogspot.com/

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  31. Amidst all the crayon crafts... this is a new one! Looks cool!

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  32. Awesome idea! So colorful and modern. I love it. Pinned!

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  33. Sweet idea. Be good to try this with crayons, we always have so many! Pinning :)

    Dropping by from Diana Rambles.

    Angela @ A Typical English Home

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  34. Hey, so cute and colourful! Maybe you could spray it with the stuff you spray on chalk and charcoal drawings so it doesn't keep coming off when you touch it?

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  35. This is such a fun idea! This would be awesome to make for my kids' teachers. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Love! Love! Love! Pinned and featuring tomorrow! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  37. What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday. I have featured YOU and I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button and show it to the world. You deserve it! Blog Stalking Thursday Features You!

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  38. This is so cute! I've seen it on so many parties. Thanks for linking to mine.

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  39. Hi Cathy, I love your project & am featuring it tomorrow on DearCreatives.com thanks for linking up & sharing your tutorial.

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  40. This is so nice! I love it. Found your post from DearCreatives. Pinned.

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  41. Adorable... you're so creative! Thanks so much for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell… I’m SO glad you came to (link) party with me! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com Come back again tomorrow to share! xoxo~ Ruthie

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