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Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards
 Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I hope you're all feeling lots of love today :) Perhaps you'll get a box of chocolates? If so, save the box! You can turn your chocolate boxes into cute chalkboards! 

A few years ago, I posted a fun tutorial on how you can upcycle your chocolate boxes into wall art. The next Valentine's Day, my awesome friends saved some of their chocolate boxes for me. It was super thoughtful of them, but I had a stash of chocolate boxes in my craft stash that made me feel like a chunk. I finally thought of a way to reuse them-- chalkboard paint!

What You Will Need:

1. Chocolate boxes. I love to use the heart shaped ones, but any chocolate box would work!

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards
2. Chalkboard paint

3. Primer (optional, but recommended)


How To Do It:

1. Clean your boxes of any left over chocolate gunk. (Don't eat it haha!)

2. Prime your chocolate boxes. This step is optional, but I recommend it because so many chocolate boxes have an image or text on the front that is hard to cover. For mine, I had to do 4 or 5 coats of chalkboard paint just to cover it (which wastes the chalkboard paint). I would rather waste primer! Next time I'd buy the spray primer that's super simple to use.

3. Chalkboard paint it!

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards
4. Follow the directions on your chalkboard paint as far how many coats you need to paint and the cure time. Most chalkboard paints require that you wait 24 hours before writing on the chalkboard, so keep that in mind. Once it has cured, most paints also recommend covering the entire surface with chalk and then you can write on it.

Now you're ready to get creative with them! 

Here are few ideas to get you inspired:

-- hang several on your wall to create a chalkboard collage
-- use them to leave your spouse love notes around your home
-- turn them into labels for food and drinks at a party
-- decorate with them at your DIY chalkboard wedding
-- make them into place cards at a dinner party
-- use them as photo props in a DIY photo booth

and my personal favorite-- put it on your mantle!

Chalkboard Art: How to Recycle Chocolate Boxes into Cute Chalkboards

So simple, right?

How would you use these cute chocolate box chalkboards?

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7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day

7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day

Happy Friday, friends! Most of you know that I write for Crafting a Green World and Feel Good Style, right? Well, today I wanted to share 7 of the Valentine's Day projects that I've shared on both sites. Not to scare you or anything, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner! I love these projects not only because I created them, but because I used items that I had in my craft stash. Plus, they're easy peasy! So, feel free to check out the projects below, click over to see the tutorials, and pin for later ;-) 

7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day


7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day


7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day


7 Budget and Eco Friendly Craft Ideas for Valentine's Day

7. Turn a Shampoo Bottle into a Valentine's Day "Mailbox" (this is similar to my Shampoo Bottle into Sponge Holder project!)


Which project was your favorite? Have you been working on any Valentine's Day projects? Leave a link to your projects below and I'll check them out and pin them to my Pinterest boards!

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