July 13, 2010
A New DIY Use for Chalkboards
For a cute eco-friendly twist to your wedding, try using huge chalkboards instead of paper! (Not only is this DIY, but it's super wallet-friendly as well.) Instead of printing out a menu per person and leaving notes all around with instructions for the guests, use your own chalkboards to display the menu and point out signs like the guest book, dessert bar and photographer's station.
Here's the DIY instructions:
Choose a large piece of flat wood, metal or plastic, and frame it in any size you'd like. (Large frames work best for listing table assignments and the menu, but a small frame is can be used to label the guest book. Frames can be anything from a typical cork-board frame to an ornate picture frame, depending on your style. Our favorites shown here use a window frame, propped up canvas and a simple wooden frame.) Clean the surface thoroughly before applying the paint so that dust and residue don't bubble. Cover the surface in chalkboard paint (sold at Lowes.com and HomeDepot.com) applying each layer with a thick paintbrush and waiting for it to dry before coating the entire surface again.
Once completely dry, you can add additional special touches by decorating the frame with your names or the date or by adding flowers and ribbon to the border. Write with chalk onto your brand new chalkboard either by hand or with large stencils and place them around the wedding. (The chalkboards wipe clean with either a soft cloth or soap and water for reuse!)
By Leticia Frazao
As the DIY editor at WeddingChannel.com I'm always on the lookout for new inspirations. Check back here to find weekly Link Love, advice, and step-by-step projects for the DIY bride.
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