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!
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!
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!
So simple, right?