Monday, March 9, 2015

DIY Penmanship Chalkboard for Kids

This cute little chalkboard is the perfect size for kids. Chalkboards are a fun way for kids to practice their letters and numbers and help them improve their penmanship. Next year my youngest will be going to Kindergarten and in preparation we've been working on her letters. She loves her little chalkboard!

DIY Penmanship Chalkboard for Kids

Want to make your kids a Penmanship Chalkboard?

Here's what you need:
1/8" hardboard  {I used the back of a picture frame}
Chalkboard Spray, Black {affilate link}
Sharpie Oil Paint Marker Bold White {affiliate link}
pencil
ruler or straight edge

1. Begin by cutting your hardboard to the size you want. I cut mine to 8" X 10 1/4".

2. Then paint with the chalkboard spray paint. Let dry completely.


DIY Penmanship Chalkboard for Kids


3. To make the lines, I first marked the measurements on each end of the chalkboard. Then I used a straight edge to draw the line. Here are the measurements I used.
First set of lines:
- The top line is 1/2" from the top.
- The dotted line is 1 1/2" from the top line.
- The  bottom line is 1 1/2" from the dotted line.

For the second set of lines:
- The top line is 1" from the bottom of the first set of lines.
- The dotted line is 1 1/2" from the top line
- The bottom line is 1 1/2" from the dotted line and ends up being 1/2" from the bottom of the board.

Once I penciled in the lines, then I went over them with the paint marker, using a straight edge to keep the lines straight. I did two coats of the paint marker. Let dry completely.

4. Condition your chalkboard by rubbing all over with the side of a piece of chalk. Wipe off and it's ready to use.

DIY Penmanship Chalkboard for Kids



I'd like to make an eraser, but for now we just use a paper towel to wipe off the chalkboard.

If you'd like one of these, but don't want to make it yourself, I have a few in my etsy shop: Bits of Sparkle and Lace. 

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