How To Make A Chalkboard With Chalkboard Paper

Lately, so many artists and diy craftspeople are hooked on chalkboards. The introduction of chalkboard contact papers and chalkboard paints has given us the ability and flexibility to create our own chalkboard in whatever size, shape and location we choose. This has really made this delightful craze take off.

 

The Writing Is On The Wall

Chalkboard paper has a variety of creative and productive applications for the entire family. Since chalkboard paper can be used to turn most any surface into an instant chalkboard, people keep coming up with exciting new ways to use it.Chalkboard Paper Project

From covering walls and cabinets, to creating labels and gift tags, to crafting photo frames, greeting cards, and scrapbook pages, the possibilities seem endless. And of course the biggest advantage is that your chalk creation can either be long term, or it can be erased and reused as often as you like.

By far the most common use of chalk board contact paper is for putting on walls or creating bulletin board surfaces for kids and family to draw on. After all, who doesn’t love the freedom of being given permission to write on the wall!

 

Where To Put It

Here are some considerations that you’ll want to think through when determining the size and location of your board.

  • Who Will Be Using It – This is an essential first step to think through as it lays the foundation for the remaining considerations that follow. Is this for the kids to draw and write and play with to their heart’s content? Or is this for adults to use either for fun and creativity or for productive uses, such as an organization tool? Or, will everyone in the household have access to this board?
  • Wall or Board – Really this question comes down to whether you want the chalkboard to be stationary or portable. Directly covering an area of a wall of course means the chalkboard will be stationary, staying put in that one location. It’s always in that same place for family members to use. Making a bulletin board or framed surface of some sort is much smaller, but it is a portable alternative. You can move and hang it in different locations, or lay it on a table to draw on.
  • Location – Depending on how you answered the questions above, you might select a wall in the children’s playroom, or a surface inside your pantry door, or a tabletop. If it’s for kids to play with, be sure it is low enough for the little ones to reach.
  • Size – Think about how much space you have available in the location you’ve chosen. If you’ve decided to cover a wall, consider how much of the wall. You may want to have a large 5 x 8 foot area, or a smaller 24 x 36 inch area, or larger or smaller or anything in between.

 

Select Your Chalkboard Paper

Chalkboard contact paper comes in a variety of sizes. You can get it in traditional rolls of different widths and lengths. It’s also available in different sized sheets, such as poster size or letter size.

Choose a color for your chalkboard that best suits your décor and your preference. The most traditional color is black, creating a classic blackboard appearance. This color goes well with pretty much any surroundings, and shows off chalk colors the best. But you can also find chalkboard paper in other colors such as green and blue.

 

Preparing Your Surface

Once you’ve selected your area, clean that surface carefully and be sure it is as smooth as possible, removing any imperfections and sanding down as needed.

Be sure to read the instructions provided with the specific chalkboard paper you have purchased, to be sure that the surface you’ve chosen is compatible with it.

Carefully measure the area that you’d like to cover, and add light pencil lines to mark the boundaries.

Chalk and Eraser

 

Apply the Chalkboard Contact Paper

The good news, this is way simpler than applying wallpaper, if you’ve ever done that.  The adhesive is already on the back of your paper, so no separate sticky stuff to apply or to make a mess with!  Peel off a corner of your contact paper, and carefully apply it to a corner of your chosen surface. Gently further peel off the back as you use your other hand to position and guide the application of the paper. Remember, one great thing about this paper is that it can be easily shifted or repositioned as needed.

Once you’ve applied it to your surface, cut it off at the other edge of your surface. Paper easily cuts with standard household scissors, although you might use a small cutting blade for straighter results.

Depending on how large the area is, take a ruler or a yardstick and holding it flat against one end of the surface, glide it to the other end while applying enough pressure to remove any bumps or bubbles that are under the paper.

Follow the instructions on the paper for guidelines on how long you need to allow the paper to sit and adhesive to set, before using it.

 

Prepare For Use

Before using it for the first time, most manufacturers suggest that you cure the paper just as you need to with any chalkboard. You do this by rubbing the long edge of a stick of chalk all over the entire blackboard area, lightly but thoroughly. Then wipe it all off with a soft chalkboard eraser.

 

Final Touches

Your chalkboard is now ready to use. But you might want to give it some additional finishing touches such as creating a frame or border around it, or attaching a small shelf along the bottom to hold chalks and eraser.