Guest Blogger: Tal – Rainy Day Chalkboard tutorial

Hi everyone! I’m Tal and I’m so excited to be here with you as Plucky’s Second Thought’s new DIY contributor! I blog over at The Crafeteria, where I post all kinds of crafty tutorials, DIY projects, activities for kids, recipes, blogging tips and more.

I live with my family in the countryside of Israel, not far from Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural capital (and one of my favorite cities in the world!). We moved here after 8 years in Taiwan and China. I’m addicted to ANYTHING crafty, and I’ll try to give you a taste of my addiction, whether it’s sewing, knitting, polymer clay or cardboard building…

One of my newest addictions is chalkboard paint. Ever since I bought my first tube, I just can’t stop using it.

Chalkboard paint examples
And as winter is approaching, I decided to create a chalkboard with a twist, something wintery… So I created the Rainy Day Chalkboard – it’s a cloud shape chalkboard, decorated with beads “rain”.

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
To make this cute chalkboard, you’ll need:

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial

  • Piece of cardboard (you can also use MDF cut-out, but then you’re limited to the shapes you can buy)
  • Chalkboard paint (I used blue, but you can go with any color you like)
  • Brush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Draw a cloud shape on the cardboard, then cut it. Use the pencil (or a skewer) to make 2 holes on top (for the ribbon that we’ll add later) and 3 or 4 on the bottom (for the beads “rain”)

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
Paint your cloud (shake the paint well before using it!). Paint 2 coats (wait for it to dry before the second coat. It dries quickly).

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
Voila…

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
Now to the “rain”…

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
You’ll need:

  • Ribbon
  • Fishing line
  • Beads
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimping tool or pliers

Cut a piece of fishing line, fold in two and thread it into one of the holes on the bottom of your cloud. Then feed the open end into the closed end, forming a loop. Pull it and tie a knot.

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
String beads. To leave gap between beads (so it looks more like raindrops) use crimp beads – string the crimp bead…

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
To close the crimp bead, grasp it with your pliers and squeeze till it’s smashed flat.

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
It should look like that –

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
Keep on stringing beads in all 3 or 4 holes.

When you finish this part, thread your ribbon into the 2 holes on top of your cloud. You can either thread one piece of ribbon into the 2 holes together or cut the ribbon in two and thread each piece into one hole.

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
And… That’s it!

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
But why stop here? This is such a fun project, you can make a pink chalkboard too!

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial

And with your chalkboard paint leftovers, you can make other shapes as well. Like this Minnie chalkboard ot a heart one.

Rainy Day Chalkboard Tutorial
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I’d love to see you on The Crafeteria, where you can check out other crafty tutorials!

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