Ya know how excited kids are when they get a new toy? That’s how excited I am when I get a new craft supply. I get all excited about the possibilities and I can’t wait to make something cool. Then I get nervous that I am going to screw it up. Then I get purely giddy when it starts coming together how I pictured it in my head.
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Two weeks later, I am still giddy about how this project turned out.
In addition to creating something fun with my new toys, I love that this project allowed me to upcycle something old. Something that most people would have seen as garbage into something new and wonderful.
- Duck Brand® Chalkboard Deco Adhesive Laminate
- Duck Brand® Dry Erase Deco Adhesive Laminate
- Old frame (with glass)
- Spray paint
I started with an old picture frame (and I mean old, it came out of my husband’s grandmother’s house). I gave it a good cleaning and an upgrade with a coat of white spray paint.
Next I took out the glass and covered it with the Chalkboard Deco Adhesive Laminate.
Only this is where I almost messed up the whole project — I dropped the glass. (You can see the chipped bottom left corner.) In order to protect the glass from cracking further, I cut a piece of cardboard the same size. Then when I wrapped the glass with the Chalkboard Laminate, I folded it around the cardboard. Even if you don’t break your glass – the cardboard made the whole project more sturdy so you might want to add this optional step in.
After putting the chalkboard covered glass back in the frame, I decided it needed some embellishments. So I raided my stash and came up with some craft buttons.
I decided the project still needed a little something. Since I created this project as a birthday gift for my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher, I decided it needed personalization. So I grabbed a roll of Dry Erase Deco Adhesive Laminate (white) and ran it through my Cricut — worked like a charm. Let me repeat — Duck Brand® Deco Laminate works with Cricut machines. A world of possibilities opened up for me. Plus Duck Brand® Deco Laminate is sold in 10 feet rolls — do you know how many projects you can make with 10 feet?!
(Name redacted for privacy.)
I wondered how the chalkboard surface would work – if I wrote on it would it really come clean? The answer is yes! I tested the surface over and over and was very impressed with it.
I tied a string to the hook on the back of the frame, attached a piece of chalk and ta-da teacher’s gift done.
Now the only question is, what to make next?