February 2, 2010

Doodle Chalkboard

"Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
~Pablo Picasso


My daughter is totally in the "artist" phase of toddlerhood, bless her cute heart. But markers give me the chills, so I thought...."chalk!" Sure!

And do the Doodle Chalkboard is born.
With tic-tac-toe on one side, and a paper doll on the other!


I went to Lowes and bought a 2'x4' sheet of particle board for $6. I had them cut a 1ft section off before I left the store. Then I brushed on two coats of black chalkboard paint, waiting 24 hours between each coat. You can certainly prime first if you want to, but I didn't have primer, so I didn't! It turned out just fine without it!


I googled "paper doll outline" to find this image, and blew it up to 250% before printing it out. Then I traced it with a marker onto wax paper, adding hair to make it girly.


Then I cut the doll out, all in piece, to make a "stencil".


I mixed some on-hand acrylics to make a light pink....yes, that is an eye shadow brush. Use whatcha got, right? :o)


Then I painted a line down the center of my board as a divider, to make two 1ft squares.

I put double stick tape on the back of my stencil, and gently pressed it on to the board in the center of the right square. Then brushed my paint along the lines of the stencil, as smoothly and evenly as I could. (Don't worry if the lines aren't exactly perfect, it makes it childlike and fun!)


After that, I opted to free-hand some polka-dots on the top and bottom of the square. Although you can easily make a small circle stencil out of the wax paper if you'd like!


On the other side, I marked lines with a ruler and pencil, and used my paint brush to make a tic-tac-toe board, and free-handed some scallops along the top and bottom. I'm totally kicking myself for not thinking to write "Paige" on it somewhere! How cute would that have been?


Then, I let it dry, and coated the pink areas with clear nail polish, and ta-da! A super cute chalkboard!

It's much more pink that in looks in the picture....apparently my camera does not like chalkboards.




Picasso she is not, (thank goodness) but she's been having tons of fun with it!


Afterward I added some picture hooks and made it into removable wall art.
I think it would be cute to have 3 or 4 1ft x 1ft squares with different pictures painted on them for the walls. Then you could just take down which ever one you felt like drawing on that day! Or use them all when friends are over.

(p.s. Those old wood Jenny Lind style changing tables you see everywhere at yard sales? They're really cute when you spray paint them pink!)

For clean-up-I think a damp rag works better than anything with chalkboard paint.
And This is another project that is totally adaptable to boys or girls, so don't think you couldn't try it with boy-friendly pictures, like bugs or tucks, or something! :o)

85 comments:

  1. such a cute idea, i like it ....ALOT!

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  2. What a cute idea! I also am not a fan of markers or crayons for that matter especially when they end up on the wall:S

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  3. I was so excited to see my favorite quote on your entry today! I'm an art teacher and I live by that quote! Great project today!

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  4. Where did you find her doll house?!?!?

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  5. Thank you for this fabulous idea! Just too adorable! I cannot wait to make one.

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  6. This is so cute. I will adapt this for my grandson.

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  7. Ohh I love the pink. Little girls are so much fun.

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  8. Way too cute!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. That is sooo cute!!
    I think I will make one of those chalck boards just for me!!
    Wonderful tute!!!

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  10. I LOVE this idea!! I think I might have to borrow it, someday (when there are enough hours in the day!). Thank you for sharing. I'm also very excited about your sewing basics, too!

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  11. Oh I just love them I think I know whay my FOUR girls will be getting for Valentines day. I love making there gifts vs. buying some little cheap toy at the the store.

    LOVE it :-)

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  12. You are so smart! You should patent it. lol

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  13. super cute! I can only imagine what my son would draw lol.

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  14. Brilliant! What a fantastic idea. You could also paint the back so that she could flip it and have a big drawing area.

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  15. This is so adorable! I don't have anyone to make it for though, so I may just have to make one for myself! :)

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  16. what a great idea. And it is cute on her wall too. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I absolutely adore this idea! I'll be featuring it on Sumo's Sweet Stuff in March! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Love it, especially as removable art! I just have to get over my intimidation of the lumber section of Lowes!

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  19. This is so simple and fun! And I love your removable wall art idea. And, seriously, that changing-table-turned-shelf is ultra cute. You are just delightful!

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  20. What a great idea! Super Cute!

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  21. what a fun, cute, and creative idea! thanks for sharing!

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  22. Now that is SO CLEVER! I really want to try chalkboard paint sometime, it looks great! :)

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  23. Such a cute idea! I have 3 little artist that would love something like this!

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  24. Love it super cute and it looks super easy.

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  25. This is such a fantastic idea! My kiddos would get a kick outta that. And - I love what you did with the Jenny Lind changing table, too! <3

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  26. genius! love this idea. Plus that changing table! I'll keep an eye out for one now!

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  27. This is so cute! I linked on my Treasures for Tots Facebook Fan page!
    http://www.facebook.com/#/pages/Treasures-for-Tots/189979926301?ref=ts

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  28. That is such a great idea! I have to remember this for when my husband and I have kids. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  29. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  30. What a great idea! I am totally whipping one up for a last minute birthday gift!

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  31. You need to stop!!!(But please dont:) I can't keep seeing all this cute stuff your coming up with and not make it!It's art with a super cool purpose.My sister-in-law just got a new house and I've been racking my brain for a housewarming gift, this would be perfect for my niece, thank you!!

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  32. What a wonderful idea! This would make such a cute Birthday gift for my nephews....Thank you!

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  33. I can not wait to make this for my daughter! Brilliant idea and we already have everything lying around the house. You should consider selling these on etsy!

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  34. awesome idea! I love how versatile it is!

    We made an old coffee table into a chalk table and somehow the wall still seems more appealing to the 2.5 year old boy.

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  35. LOVE it!!! You are so creative!

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  36. this idea is too insanely cute!! I cannot wait to do this

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  37. Baby wipes are also excellent for getting chalkboard really clean!! Loving your blog!

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  38. Where was this tutorial when my daughter took black permanent marker to the entire house! No lie...on the walls, furniture, hardwood floors, toys...even the dog!! Great idea. She's really into the drawing stage as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. I'm loving that!! And that Jenny Lind changing table turned bookshelf.... I WANT!!!!

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  40. What a totally gorgeous idea! Blank circles for drawing faces would be fun too.

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  41. I love this! Thank you for another lovely tutorial! My daughter may be getting one of these for her 2nd birthday coming up in March. :)

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  42. I'm doing this right away! I love the idea and I too am way too afraid of markers. Especially after Pear colored on our computer monitor with a pen, our wall with a crayon and our door with a pen. Chalk on a chalkboard is a much better idea!

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  43. Are you kidding! This project is so adorable....and perfect for my kids (who spend HOURS drawing, to the point where i have to ration their paper use!!!). I'm totally making them each at least one of these!
    And can I just say, I totally wish I hadn't been so hasty to purge the baby stuff, I really love your change table shelf! I will have to see if I can find a yard sale one now...

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  44. I don't know how you come up with such brillant ideas. You are truly blessed. I just love this idea and think I will use it for gifts for my 3 girls for Valentine's day.

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  45. I don't know how you come up with such incredible ideas. You are truly blessed. I know what my 3 daughters are getting for Valentines day. Now I just need to find the time to make them.

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  46. Love it :) I am a huge fan of chalkboard paint... it's all over my house! We're going to FL in a couple weeks and these boards would be great to travel with :)

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  47. That's one of the BEST ideas I've seen! So cute and fun. I also love the pink changing table. I always see those around for nearly nothing. Good idea.

    -FringeGirl

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  48. What an adorable idea! My little sister is two, but this sounds like the kind of thing she'll use in a year or two. :)

    I found your website through AmandaBethOnline, and have been thoroughly delighted with every post. Thanks so much for all the inspiration and just-plain-cuteness. :D

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  49. That's just awesome! I mean it. I am in love with this project. Does the acrylic paint and clear nail polish make it hard to color on with chalk? In my mind, I would think it would, so I just wanted to check. Ooh, also...if you use a damp rag, do you have to wait for it to dry before coloring again?

    I do daycare for three little girls and want to give them something extra fun to play with and I think this suits the bill. And I have a little boy who needs come wall art and a way to get his coloring on the right track since he's almost 2 :) I'll link to you when I eventually do this project.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  50. What a great idea!! My girls will love this for their rooms...thanks for sharing.

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  51. cool idea! I don't know what brand of chalkboard paint you bought, I know rust-o-leum makes a chalkboard paint AND magnetic paint...another idea would be to do the magnetic paint for your first coat, then the chalkboard one over top...

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  52. ok! how funny! i was at home depot yesterday and found a thin piece of plywood in there discount bin and told my husband i know there is something great i could do with it! however, at that moment my kids were starting to melt down so we left without it! i guess i need to go get it! very cute! and my little artist would love it too! thanks for sharing!

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  53. This is a great idea! Markers scare me too. Thanks for also adding ideas on how to make different crafts boy-friendly. I've got a little boy so it's nice to be able to more easily adapt ideas for him.

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  54. Dear Disney,

    I must say you are one of teh most clever girls ever!! If I had time to check only one blog a day, it would be yours.
    I did a cute/cheap chalkboard the tutorial is on my blog
    beckyscraftcloset. However yours is cuter!!

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  55. Oh, this is the cutest thing ever. This would be such a cute gift for the grandkids. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. I am definately going to make these in small sizeslike you talked about for my daycare! I think the kids will love it and use something other than crayons all the time!!

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  57. You are such an inspiration. Every project you do is so creative and fun. Thanks for being so generous and sharing with all of us!

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  58. I love this idea...what a great idea for my craft room. I too am losing it with crayons and markers after crayons got on the couch!

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  59. Completely adorable and just right for the toddler that wants to "write" all the time.

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  60. This is a great idea! Did you remember to season the chalk board before you started playing with it?

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  61. I'm going to have to make one. What a cute idea! I so wish I had hardwood floors too....

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  62. These would make perfect gifts for friends, too.

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  63. I love this--it would be fun for my preschool!

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  64. This is THE cutest idea! It would be great for my home daycare. Thank you, you are so creative.

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  65. This is so creative! I can't wait to have children so I can make them something like this! She's going to fondly remember this chalkboard.

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  66. Super duper cute chalkboard idea! Duh, how amazing is that changing table/bookshelf. I wish I had thought of that!

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  67. Love this! I am going to have to make it!

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  68. This is just the cutest Disney! I would love to feature it on my blog! You are so creative and sweet!

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  69. I LOVE this idea! I really have to try it for my daughter. Maybe you can paint both sides and have a tic-tac-toe and doll on one side and a completely free side! You have a really cool blog, please feel free to visit mine too! I am a happy new follower!

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  70. Donna from Party Wishes shared you on her blog...I'm so glad she did! I love the chalk board idea, but I am NUTS over what you did with the changing table! Awesome! I just sent your link to my DIL....she'll be crazy about your ideas, too!

    Dana

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  71. This is a wonderful idea. I also wanted to tell you the photos on your blog are beautiful. I especially adore the sewing pics. :)

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  72. I must make these as gifts! Thank you for sharing!

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  73. I just kept saying"that's awesome" over and over as I scrolled down until my husband asked to see! Fantastic idea, and one I will definitely be making soon for my niece!

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  74. WHAT A GREAT IDEA!! I TAUGHT KINDERGARTEN FOR A FEW YEARS AND WE WOULD TAKE THE WHITE SHOWER WALL FROM LOWES AND CUT IT DOWN TO MAKE LITTLE WHITE BOARDS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL KIDS. YOU COULD TRY IT WHEN YOUR PRECIOUS PAIGE GETS A LITTLE OLDER!!:)

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  75. Someone just sent me the link to your blog. You are so creative and clever, what fun ideas!! I have two boys but WISH I had a girl just so I could make some of the cute clothes you posted :)

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  76. Thank you Thank you for this idea. I love it. I have two girls and this was perfect for them. I was able to do it too!!! Not as nice as yours but I have to admit I am proud of myself.
    I linked your site in my blog so you do get all the credit you deserve.

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  77. What a cute idea! My three year will love this, she's very craft these days. By the way I love the pink changing table, we have the same one (from a garage sale) but it's in the back of the closet still white.

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  78. i LOVE the chalkboard idea and LOVE the changing table too! i have one down stairs that might have to be brought up after i paint it!!! thanks!!!

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