So super excited about all the bloggy babies who will be making their grand appearance in the upcoming months! These are some of the most amazing and creative women I know and their babies will be no different. Since we couldn’t all get together in once place to throw an actual baby shower (how much fun would that be?!), a few of us got together to throw them an online baby shower full of fun and creative ideas.
So, sit back, enjoy a soda and celebrate these wonderful ladies and their babies with us!
Jacque @ The DIY Village / Courtenay @ The Creek Line House
Laura Beth @ A Step In The Journey / Jenny @ Birds And Soap
(Click on the image above to download the Free Chalkboard Baby Shower Invite)
I was in charge of the invitations and decided to go with a fill-in-the-blank chalkboard invite so that I could offer it as a free printable. It’s a 5×7, front only card that can be filled in with either a white or silver gel pen.
Congratulations, again, ladies! Can’t wait to see all the adorable diy baby goodness!
We’ve hit the triple digits over here in Texas and I’m already daydreaming about pumpkin patches and hot apple cider…and it’s not even technically Summer yet! We totally use this Reusable Summer Bucket List that I originally wrote for Crafts Unleashed to help me keep my head in the game and enjoy fun Summer activities with my kiddos (even if I’m sweating buckets!)
Summer is coming and those of you with kids are probably already wondering what you’re going to do with them for two whole months. Why not make a Summer Bucket List to make sure you squeeze in all those fun summertime activities? And then in August, as you walk the kids to their first day of school, you can erase the entire list and pack it away to reuse next year!
Supplies need to make your own reusable summer list:
1. Print out the “Summer Bucket List” Free Printable. Sandwich a piece of the transfer paper between the chalkboard and printable, use a pencil to trace around the letters.
2. Lightly trace the transferred outline with your paint pen.
3. Use extra fine sandpaper to lightly distress the image. Don’t worry if you sand too much, you can go back over the letters with your paint pen.
4. Glue the rusted tin embellishments in place. Remove the black cord that may come with the chalkboard. If thin enough, re-thread the jute through the existing holes. If the holes are too small (like pictured below), just tie two knots at the ends of a strand and glue them in place over the holes.
5. Once everything is in place, all that’s left to do is come up with your bucket list and enter it in! I used a chalk marker to make it look cleaner but any chalk would do. Don’t forget to season your chalkboard with a layer of chalk before using it the first time though!
Hope you all have a wonderfully fun and active Summer!
I received some of these craft supplies as partial compensation from Consumer Crafts. This tutorial may also contain affiliate links that help me keep Tried & True tutorials and printables free!
Spring is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re getting the itch to start planning and planting your garden! Depending on where you live, it might be a little bit too early to plant anything in the ground so why not get a head start on your garden with these lovely Chalkboard Planters made with FolkArt stencils!
- FolkArt Stencil (Bird)
- FolkArt Paint (Seashell Pink, Buttercream, Apple Orchard)
- FolkArt Chalkboard Paint
- FolkArt Medium Spouncer
- Sponge Brush
- Terra Cotta Pots
- White Spray Paint
- Mod Podge Sealant (Gloss)
- Spray Adhesive
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Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone has a wonderful day full of good food and amazing family! Now that Thanksgiving has almost come and gone, we can start thinking about the end of the year and all the holidays associated with it. Here’s a fun Permanent Chalkboard Wishlist tutorial I wrote for the awesome blog, Ucreate (original post). Hope you enjoy!
Hello, lovely Ucreate readers! I’m Vanessa Brady from Tried & True and I’m here to show you how to make your own Permanent Chalkboard Wishlist. Kids (and adults!) will have fun filling it in year after year and when the holiday season is over, all you have to do is wipe it clean and store it for next year. I’m planning on taking yearly pictures with my kiddos and their wishlists…if they stay still long enough. :D Hope you enjoy the tutorial!
Permanent Chalkboard Wishlist
- free “All I Want For Christmas Is” printable
- chalkboard paint
- transfer paper
- white paint pen
- fine sandpaper
1. Apply a couple coats of chalkboard paint to the clipboard, waiting recommended time between coats. Allow to dry and cure completely.
2. Use the transfer paper to copy “All I Want For Christmas Is” Free Printable to clipboard by laying it on the chalkboard with the free printable on top. Use a pencil to trace around the edges of the words and lines. Remove papers and voila! I love how this stage looks.
If you decide to tape down the transfer paper, you might want to tape it to the back of the clipboard. You can see how I accidentally pulled up a bit of the paint when I tried to remove the tape! (Just paint over bare spot if you make the same mistake.)
3. Color in transferred image with white paint pen. I gotta tell you, there’s a bit of a learning curve with paint pens. Too much paint and it’ll be hard to sand away. Not enough and it looks streaky. Just go slow and know that any mistakes you make will just add to the hand drawn look of it. ;)
4. Once the paint is completely dry, take your fine sandpaper and gently go over image. Starting to look like chalk, huh?!
5. There you go…all you need to do now is fill it in, hang it up and wait for the gifts to come pouring in. :D
Interested in having your own Permanent Chalkboard Wishlist but don’t want or have the time to make one? Scroll to the bottom of this post to purchase one of four I made. All profits go toward the Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. Maybe we can make a few wishes come true this year!
After I made the Permanent Chalkboard Gratitude Calendar tutorial, the fabulous Kari from Ucreate asked if I’d be interested in making up another tutorial for her site. Are you crazy?! Of course I would! I love that blog.
I wanted to do something similar but different than the Gratitude Calendar and a Christmas wishlist seemed like the perfect use of a permanent chalkboard. Fill it in, hang it up as decoration, and then just erase the wishlist when the season is done. You can download the “All I Want For Christmas” Free Printable here and then click over to Ucreate to follow the Permanent Chalkboard Wishlist tutorial, hope you enjoy it!
Interested in having your own Permanent Chalkboard Wishlist but don’t want or have the time to make one? With two small children, I totally understand! I have four wishlists ready to go to new homes with all the profits going to help those affected by Sandy via American Red Cross. It’s a win/win, you get a super fun Permanent Chalkboard Wishlist to use year after year and Sandy’s victims get basic supplies and help to make this holiday season a little easier to bare. Thank you for your kind assistance!