How’s it going? Did we enjoy the recent the sunshine? Summer was a LONG time coming, but at least it came. For a couple of days anyway. I’m not convinced Staffordshire got the memo to be honest; it’s all very much hit and miss here, with more grey clouds than blue skies.
And now the rain has returned.
Ah well. That just means more time indoors crafting.
This week, I have a super simple DIY for you, in the shape of a picture you can play with, whether you’re a young kid… or just one who never grew up! Not only can you use this craft to make a great piece of stylish and individual artwork for your walls, you can also create your very own game that’s guaranteed to keep the kids occupied when the weather’s too pants to play outside.
It makes a great gift, too.
This project was inspired by a very stylish piece by interior designer and all-round inspirational lady, Karen Knox of Making Spaces.
Source – Making Spaces
You can see why I love it so!
Sadly, I didn’t have a gold frame, but I hope I did Karen’s masterpiece justice with what I had to hand.
I made a couple of versions. One for the Guest Room, as a quirky welcome for OneandSeventy’s overnight visitors.
It’s just as well our guests appreciate my rather odd sense of humour!
The other as a Birthday present for a friend’s daughter, who wanted some artwork for her bedroom.
It was designed to be a little something just for her, a place to write all her little notes and record all those genius brainwaves for saving the world.
Or tell her annoying older brother not to trespass in her room.
But as you can see, Isabelle and her brother had their own ideas.
Well… I did invite genius!
What I used:
Cheap picture frame – These were from The Range and are 19” x 26” / 47cm x 76cm. I think I paid around £9.99 for them. I have to be honest, I think IKEA would be better – the acrylic fronts on these aren’t the greatest.
Black paint – Anything you have to hand: emulsion, acrylic, chalk paint, whatever. Hello! Tester Pot alert!
Stickers – I made mine on the Cricut (file details below).
Water-Based Liquid Chalk.
How to make an interactive chalkboard picture
- Dismantle the frame and remove any paper inserts.
- Paint the backing board and let it dry.
- Once completely dry, apply your stickers. The backing boards of these frames have tiny holes in the corners, which I cunningly covered with corner designs.
- Reassemble the frame.
- Write your message of choice on the front using liquid chalk. When you’re done, simply wipe off with a dry rag and repeat until your heart’s content.
If you’re making this artwork for children, I recommend using a picture frame that has an acrylic front, rather than glass. These days, I think many of the larger frames already come with these safer fronts as standard, but it’s worth saying. I don’t want to be responsible for any accidents!
Don’t Have Nightmares:
– Main Font: Everyday Fonts – Something to Shout About
– Iron Diamond Ornament – #M36F71 (Ornamental Iron 2)
Isabelle’s Genius Thoughts:
– Main Font: Cindy Loo
– Top Left: BFF – #M41455 (Create a Friend)
– Top Right: Wicked! – #M3DBF2 (Indie Art)
– Bottom Left: Phrase Bubble – #M380D3 (Create A Critter) + Text: Font: Ribbons & Rosettes
– Bottom Right: Word Bubble Tag – #MFC705 (Bits and Pieces) + Word Bubble – #MFC59F (Bits and Pieces) + Heart Word Bubble – #M46855 (Word Bubbles)