We are a crafty bunch in this house, so I thought up a few craft projects. My choices were limited by the fact that I really don't care for fun foam. That knocks lot's of prefab ideas off the list. I was also limited by cost. Entertaining sixteen children can get expensive. Finally, I like things that might actually get used. I was wandering through the dollar section at Michaels one day and saw some chipboard albums that were shaped like flowers. So armed with 4 chipboard albums (each had 4 pages), I went to work.
I came up with this, a chalkboard door hanger.
Here is what I started with ...
You can make it as simple or complicated as you like. This is what I used..
- Chalkboard Paper from DCVW (This is seriously cool stuff. You can write on it and then wash it off. I wiped mine down with a wet paper towel and it worked perfectly. It doesn't absorb the water, how great is that?)
- Chipboard Albums (Mine came from the dollar spot at Michaels.)
- Big Shot (I love this tool since I can cut pretty much anything with it.)
- Nestibilities Circle Dies (If you don't have a die cutting machine and circle dies, a small plate or jar works well for tracing a circle. You can then hand cut the paper).
- Self Adhesive Gems (I always look for these when Michaels has clearance sale.)
- Patterned Paper and Plain Cardstock (I used most of the rest of the Pocketful of Posies pad from DCWV that I had bought years ago. This is a great way to use up old paper.)
- A Hole Punch (to punch a hole for the ribbon.)
- Ribbon (mine was about 1/2" wide)
Once the shapes were cut out, I glued them onto the chipboard using an Elmer's Craft Bond Extra Strength Glue Stick. I am a huge fan of this adhesive. It goes on blue, so you can see where you have put it, then dries clear. It also holds very well.
I used the Big Shot to cut the chalk paper into circles that fit in the middle of the chipboard flower. The largest circle in the set of circle Nestibilities that I had worked well for this purpose. We gave each of the girls the following items ...
- A chipboard flower, covered on one side with patterned paper and cardstock on the other.
- A circle cut from the chalkboard paper.
- Some self adhesive gems.
- Glue to stick the chalkboard paper to the middle of the flower.
Since the girls at our party were young and the flower shape irregular, I decided to cover the chipboard with the paper before they arrived. If the girls had been a little older and the shape easier to work with (say a nice simple heart), I would have the children do this step too.
The girls had a great time sticking lots of gems on their flowers and then writing messages on their chalkboards. I had my party helpers punch the holes and run the ribbon through the flowers.
I hope you have enjoyed visiting me in the green house on the hill. Come back on Monday, I will be joining some of the super talented ladies from Creating Keepsakes in a blog hop.