I was going to title this post something like, "A 15-Minute Chalkboard Tray" but if you've ever attempted a quick DIY project you realize how it really goes down. You've never had a crafting session take way longer than you thought it would? Well, let me give you a behind the scenes look of how one of these blog posts really happens.
This is my winter mantel this year. Similar to last year's with a slight change. Remember, the mirror that used to be above the fireplace moved across the room to the piano. I really like the window that we put in its place but without the ORB frame, the bottom of the mantel feels a little too heavy. I thought maybe some chalkboard art on the window would balance things out.
I originally thought I'd paint something (a plaque or canvas, maybe) with chalkboard paint or buy a pre-made chalkboard and then draw my art on it. (Behind the scenes: Look around house for suitable thing to paint. No wood. Canvas on-hand is too big and too square. Hit craft store to no avail. Head to thrift store.) Yay for me, I found this tray for $3.
|To get the right size, I measured the tray and inserted a gray oval into my picture to make sure my text would fit.|
So just to make sure the tray base wouldn't show around the edges of my print, I taped it off and spray painted it.
All painted! (BTS: the paint bled through the tape along the inside edge of the tray. I had to get out a paint brush to hand paint the edges too.)
(BTS: After even more trimming on the print...) I used my ATG to tape the sign onto the tray.
|A good winter verse when the world outside is quiet and muffled with snow - Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God..."|
|See those cute Jamberry wraps on my fingers? They're Feeling Festive and Gray and White Polka. :)|
The other winter mantel change, sheet music pillar candles. This project really did only take a few minutes (after I went to the store to get candles, measured them, and cut the sheet music to size). The back of these look a little ugly too.
Fonts used: Return to Sender, Chalk Hand Lettering Shaded, KG Eyes Wide Open, It Was a Good Day, Chalk Line Outline, and CK Holiday Spirit.
Linking up to some or all of these great blog parties:Sunday: Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming;
Monday: Inspire Me Monday at Sand and Sisal; Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z;
Tuesday: One Project at a Time at A Bowl Full of Lemons
Wednesday: Wicked Awesome Wednesday at Handy Man, Crafty Woman; Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts; Thursday: It's Overflowing;
Friday: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest; Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring;
Categorically Crafting: Christmas at Someday Crafts; Christmas Spectacular at The Shabby Creek Cottage