summer lovin' {and a chalkboard tutorial}

it's summer. (which i assume you've noticed due to all the heat.)
we do a lot of couch time during the day.
and we're trying to make the best of the cooler evenings.
best $1 isle purchase at target. ever!
how did my baby become a boy? killing me. i tell ya.

we've been enjoying the traditional water fight.
last time they teamed up on me. totally unfair. especially since i don't run all that well, so i was soaked.

this time i think the fight was a little one sided again.
he would stand at the edge of the grass squeezing the squirt bottle over and over hoping to get daddy.
being the good daddy he is, the little man got to have at him with the squirt bottle.
30 weeks. and getting lower and lower. not that i was ever higher.

on a totally different note, you have been on pinterest right?
you haven't? we can't be friends.

okay. go. right now. then come back and we can be friends.

it's porn for women, kinda like pottery barn catalog porn.
(i love that i might have just made my mom super uncomfortable for using the word 'porn' twice in a post.)

anywho. all over pinterest and the blogging world are chalk boards. i couldn't even list all the different ideas i've seen. it'd take an entire post of it's own.

well. i decided to make one of my own last night.
you likey? me too. and sooo easy. here's how i did it.
you'll need:
canvas in any size. (i went big, 24x36, because that's what i had)
chalkboard paint
chipboard letters
ric rac or ribbon
a hot glue gun

steps: (didn't take pictures of this part, sorry. bad blogger.)
1. paint your canvas according to the directions on the paint can.
mine only took two coats and turned out great.
2. let dry overnight
3. add your ribbon, or ric rac (it would be cute to do a mini-bunting on the top, but i didn't).
4. figure out a fun phrase (i wanted to use 'create', but i only had one 'e.' so, 'inspire' it was.)
5. glue your letters. my chipboard letters had sticky backs because they were used for scrapbooking. so peel off the sticker part and put the hot glue right on the adhesive.
6. add something fun like a pinwheel like me, or rosettes, or nothing at all. it's your creation so make it unique to you!

7. hang it on the wall. :) and enjoy!

**note: there is a conditioning step to make the board more "erasable" that needs to be done 3 days after painting the board. you'll need to rub a stick of white chalk all over the area you'll be writing on. i decided to do this after i had glued my items, i didn't want them to not stick because of the chalk residue.

i hung it on a wall in my craft room and plan on using it for my to-do lists! I want to get those awesome chalk-ink pens and write an inspirational quote on the top, but everywhere i've gone has been out or doesn't have any.

if only we had a hobby lobby. if only. i don't wanna talk about it.

well, hope you enjoy the tutorial and i'd love to see any that you make! i'm going to be linking up to a few blogs later today so check back for the creations over there!

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your summer days and nights!


  1. Your chalkboard is too cute!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello!

  2. Cute chalk board! I'm adding it to my list of thinks to make. Thanks for introducing me to pintrest! Oh and I feel the same way for about hobby lobby.Every time I see a large retail space available I PRAY for a hobby lobby!

  3. Hi, I am stopping from tatertots and jello. I love this chalkboard! I would have never thought to use a canvas that is a great idea. I too dont have a Hobby Lobby and I dont like to talk about it either. (and yes, pinterest is porn, but i love it- i am your newest follower just b/c of that sentence LOL)

  4. Awesome! I love this! I might have to make one of these cute boards for my classroom! :)

  5. So fun! Thanks for this post. I am your newest follower. Would love it if you would stop by my blog sometime and follow back.

    Can't wait to try this!

  6. This is super cute! One thing that I would caution you about with the chalk pens/markers is that they are hard to get off without water and that might not work great on this surface.


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