Drawing with chalk seems to bring out the child in everyone, from toddler to adult. Who knows if it’s because it reminds us of writing and doodling on the board in the classroom or drawing and playing on the sidewalk after school. Or maybe it’s the ability to experiment with your artistic self in a safe way, knowing you can easily erase it and start over whenever you want.
Whatever the reasons, the recent introduction of chalkboard contact paper has really taken off as a popular item in homes and schools, for practical and creative uses. How fun and exciting to be able to turn virtually any surface into a surface that can be drawn on and erased over and over again.
You may wonder how can you set up this kind of contact chalkboard paper in your own home. It’s simply a peel-and-stick process.
Buy the type that best meets your needs, whether it’s in rolls or sheets. Then measure and mark off your space, and use your regular household scissors for cutting it to the precise size. It’s so simple to cut, you can also easily shape it into smaller, creative pieces.
Start by peeling off a corner the protective paper from the back, revealing the adhesive. Stick one edge of the paper to an edge of the surface you are covering. Then slowly and carefully un-peel it and press it down in place as you lay it out.
Remember, the nice thing about this paper is it can easily be moved or repositioned until you get it placed just how and where you want it. Then, use scissors to trim any excess.
On larger areas, take a ruler or yardstick and go back to one edge of your blackboard surface. Gently pressing down, slide the ruler across it to remove any bubbles, air pockets, or imperfections that may accidentally have been left underneath. Once your surface is nice and smooth, you’re ready to go.
Types of Chalkboard Contact Paper
This chalk board contact paper is used in businesses as well as in households. Probably the most popular uses of it are in the kitchen and in a den or child’s playroom or bedroom. This type of contact paper has different varieties in size and color.
- Rolls – As with most contact paper, this type is available in rolls. The rolls are of different widths and lengths. The roll is the easiest to use in creating a drawing wall, door, or other large chalkboard surface. It is easy to roll onto your surface then cut to your needed size.
- Paper Sheets – Contact chalkboard paper is also available in sheets of different sizes. Most popular sizes include 24×36 inch poster size, and 8.5×11 letter size. Other sizes and shapes can also be found in sheets of what look like large stickers or decals.
- Colors – Although this paper is most commonly found in black, there are also other colors available, such as green, blue, and purple. It’s fun to mix and match them to go with a child’s room décor, or stick with black and let the different shades of chalk create the color and design.
- Chalk Cloth Fabric – This is a variation that does not have adhesive backing. Instead, it is a vinyl material available in rolls that can be cut or sewn to size and used as a blackboard much like the contact paper varieties.
Uses of Contact Chalkboard Paper and Chalk Cloth Fabric
It seems that everyday people are coming up with new creative uses for this fun paper as well as chalk cloth fabric. It can be great for projects large and small, for more practical purposes or simply for artistic creations.
The most common application is to cover a wall or part of a wall in a room where kids or anyone in the home can draw and write to their heart’s content. After all, who wouldn’t want permission to write on the wall! This really inspires and promotes creativity and freedom of expression for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Note: for really large areas, you may want to consider using chalkboard paint. It does make for a messier, more expensive project, but some people find that it’s easier to cover an entire wall with, especially if the room is not yet furnished.
Another popular use is to cover the inside or outside of a cabinet or area in the kitchen, where everyone in the family seems to congregate. This chalkboard can then be used as a bulletin board to share the family calendar, daily tasks, leave impromptu notes to one another, or keep track of chores and shopping lists.
Smaller pieces of chalk board contact paper can be used to make labels for storage boxes, jars, and other containers. It can also be used as a tool in hobbies and crafts for creating a huge variety of things, such as greeting cards, gift tags, photo frames, and much, much more.
If you’re interested in getting some, I’ve found that the best selection of sizes, styles, and colors is available here on Amazon.com.