Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chalkboard, part two

A couple of you clever people asked where I am hiding the chalk for my new chalkboard. Well, it was a dilemma. I thought of cute cups, cut in half and somehow affixed to the door, I pondered a simple string, with chalk dangling from the end and I even started to sew a little bag that I would attach to the board itself.

Around this time, I decided to give up on the clever ideas and I just hot glued a tiny magnet to a piece of chalk. Done. It looks clean, and I'll never lose it. I think I can probably pull the magnet off when the piece of chalk is almost gone and re-use it. We'll see.

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I wanted magnets for the chalkboard, but I couldn't settle for plain ones. I used up a few of my fabric scraps to make fancy ones.

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These take approximately five minutes. Take something you want to cover (I used joiner's biscuits, which are little pieces of lightweight wood, just because we had them lying around, but you could use bottle caps or old POGS or anything that catches your eye) and cut out a piece of fabric in the same shape, but just slightly larger. Now do a quick stitch all along the outer edge of the fabric. It doesn't need to look good or be even because no one will see it.

Pull the two ends of the thread together to gather the fabric and tie it off. Now use a hot glue gun to attach a magnet to the back and you're all done. Easy, right?


*This tutorial is provided for personal use only. Please do not sell this tutorial or create items for re-sale using this tutorial. Tutorial may be re-published only with my permission.

31 comments:

  1. Great idea with the magnets. I would never have thought to use fabric to cover them. And if I still had POGS I think some really rad 'slammers' might already be metal magnets themselves. Wonder when those guys will become collectors items...

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  2. Rachel you rock! A neat idea with the chalk and the magnets.
    Have golden day!

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  3. thanks for explaining this so well! I cant wait to begin my search for the perfect frame!

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  4. Adorable! I'm stealing this idea!!

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  5. You're so creative. The magnets are great, but I especially love the chalkboard.

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  6. rachel, you are amazing.
    always brilliant!

    ps. POGS! how could i forget about them?

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  7. genius! i was wondering the same thing and am glad to now know.

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  8. that's some DIY genius there with the biscuit magnets, lady. also, slapping a magnet right on the chalk: our darts scoreboard at the local will never be the same! (we, er, play a lot of darts.)

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  9. Clever, crafty, chick! The fabric magnets are a wonderful idea.

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  10. what a great idea! and it looks fantastic, the little button holders are so cute! :)

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  11. You are queen of the adorable and utilitarian! I think your magnets are super cute!

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  12. That is such a great idea for the chalk, you inspired me to paint the frame of a small chalkboard we had but didn't really use :)

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  13. Genius! That is a great way to hold the chalk and never lose it.

    Your fabric magnets are adorable as well. I'm really loving your entire chalkboard setup!

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  14. you're a genius!!! so creative, i love all your ideas.

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  15. Fun to write witty quips and love notes.
    pve

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  16. This just gets better and better!

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  17. GENIUS! It's not enough to wow us with your chalkboard, but you have to go and think up the tiny detail of customized magnets.

    Covered magnets would also make such a cool gift for a little kid too---I remember how my sister was OBSESSED with fridge magnets when she was a toddler.

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  18. Magnets, what a great idea! I love the smell of chalk, it brings back childhood memories.

    About the comment you left on my haircut post: do try the salon (Trim in Venice), they offer a great deal, $20 for the people who try the place for the first time. Regular price is $75!!

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  19. Love the magnet glued to chalk idea! I adore the yellow frame too.
    How about a chalk cozy? So that you wouldn't have to pull the magnet off every time. Maybe some stretchy fabric of some sort. That's enough thinking out loud.

    It's a lovely project!

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  20. What a wonderful idea. I use really large buttons, glue on the magnet and voila, it's done.

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  21. Oh brilliant I love the yellow frame and the fabric on the magnets is so sweet. Such a good idea for the back of a door.

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  22. haha did you say pogs? bring me back to fifth grade why don't you! you up for a spring girls' get together? like a tea party or something? lemme know and we can spearhead something. enjoy your weekend!

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  23. This is the best chalkboard frame project I have seen! Seriously it looks so great! And the yellow is to die for!

    -Amanda
    http://meshandlace.typepad.com

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  24. Thanks Rachel for sharing! The yellow is yummy and cheery as we head into spring. A perfect addition to my 'What Would Martha Do?' blog!
    Cheers,
    Carol

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