Two Christmases ago, Santa did a complete overhaul of our basement. He and his elves built a stage, complete with curtain and lights, rearranged our furniture for a stage viewing area, and transformed the corner of our basement into a school with a magnetic whiteboard and a giant chalkboard wall. Yes, Santa and his elves were busy!! Ever since then, chalk and chalkboards have kind of become a thing around here. No, we don't have chalkboard walls in every room (although we've considered it!)...but we did just paint one in our kitchen and have talked about another one in our front entryway. What can I say....I guess Santa had a good idea.....!
With the start of spring, I thought it would be fun to trade in our white chalk for the colored stuff and see how many more ways we could have fun with it! First I decorated our mantel with sidewalk chalk for Easter (you can see the full mantel here...)
....but I wasn't quite ready to stop there....so I picked up some smaller colored chalk and wooden frames from Michaels....and got to work on this chalk frame!
When I started, I wasn't sure whether to use whole pieces or broken pieces....and then I dropped the first box and had my answer! Since the first box of chalk was already broken, it was fun for Greta to help me break the other pieces and place them on the frame. She placed, I hot glued. We didn't worry too much about getting the size exactly right....as you can see, there are some pieces that hang over the edge....but we thought that added to the charm (if you want a more uniform look, a sharp knife works well to shave down the edges...)
We ended up using 3 boxes of colored chalk (16 pieces each) for one frame. Here's how it looked halfway through....
....and all the way finished!
This project was fun to make and simple enough for kids to help with. Perfect for spring, or for kids' rooms, or for anywhere you want to add a pop of color! My wheels are still turning on our next chalk project (yes....there will be more!) but for now, we're happy with our little frame.....and we think the elves would approve, too!
Here's what you need to make your own:
- Wooden picture frame(s)
- 3 boxes (approx. 48 pieces colored chalk) per frame
- Hot glue gun
Looking for another easy craft idea? Check out my Christmas Ornaments! They would also make great keychains!
I hope you feel right at home :)