Chalkboards may no longer have a place in the classroom, but they are still a quintessential school symbol. I’ve teamed up with some creative bloggers for a Back to School Blog Hop with 10 Chalkboard Ideas. Oh, and a giveaway from DecoArt too…so you can get creative and turn just about any surface into a writing tablet with chalkboard paint! Make sure you visit each bloggers site and check out their chalkboard projects (click on the images below.) But wait, before you go check out my tutorial for DIY Chalkboard Placemats below.
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This craft project for DIY Chalkboard Placemats is not only easy, but fun and educational too! Let’s face it chalkboard placemats aren’t a new concept. I love the idea of giving the kids a creative outlet they can use at mealtime, but I also wanted to use it as a learning tool. School is about to start and that means we will have spelling words to learn, math problems to solve and lots of stories to tell. Now with our new DIY chalkboard placemats we can make the time spent waiting for dinner a fun way to practice writing and arithmetic.
I’m going to show you how you can make your own DIY chalkboard placemats, they are easy and inexpensive (my kind of project!) You will need a smooth placemat from the dollar store, chalkboard spray paint, a white paint pen, ruler and chalk.
Spray paint both the front and back of the placemat. On one side of the placemat draw 3 boxes in a row and 3 more below that with a white permanent paint pen. I measured my Then draw a +, – and = sign on each row. Now while you are cooking dinner you can practice math problems with your little scholar.
On the other side of the placemat I created a space where we could practice letters and writing. This side required a little more patience to get all the lines straight. I decided to leave the top portion blank so they could draw pictures and put 3 notebook paper style lines at the bottom. I drew measured the space and then drew the lines on with a pencil. Once I was happy with how they looked I went over the lines with the permanent paint pen.
I love how my DIY chalkboard placemats turned out and I’m excited about using them with the kids during the school year! I’m a firm believer in making learning fun and I know my kids will have fun “playing” at the dinner table with their new chalkboard placemats.
What you would make with chalkboard paint? Of course, I’d also love to hear what you think of these DIY chalkboard placemats. Don’t forget to visit the other bloggers to check out their chalkboard projects and make sure you enter the DecoArt giveaway below!