Thursday, October 14, 2010

Free Halloween craft idea how to dress up a chalk board

This is a simple project and easy to create; What I am using is a 12x9 craft chalk board that you can find just about in any craft store. Then take some sand paper and sand down the wooden top and bottom until you can see some wood grain showing up and the chalk board looking older and used. Before I sanded I took a black marker and wrote a short saying onto the wood then sanded making the ink also disappear in to the grain. Now you can stain the chalkboard with a wood stain and use some crackle, or use an acrylic paint as I did.

Next look for some cardboard, such as poster board, a left over pizza box is what I used for creating the little mummy. The head is 4 inches long and 3 inches wide; but you can design the head the way you want I just went drawing freehand and idea I wanted for the head and make your hand simple! because you will be using hot glue for the quilting batting and fabric, and cheese cloth. Lay the head onto some quilting batting and cut the batting out larger than the head, you will also want to be sure do this for the fabric also so that you can glue the fabric down tightly and have no loose ends.

Before I started to finish, I took the cut out pieces of cardboard shapes and just laid them onto the chalkboard to get an idea of how I wanted it to look.

As you can see with the one hand I am doing and how I am adding the batting to the head. One more note; when you cut out the face(head) go ahead and paint it with acrylic paints and let it dry over night before adding the batting and fabric to the cardboard or you will have a mess with the facial features being marred up with trying to glue.

After your head is dry, begin to hot glue the back of the cardboard and pulling tight sightly. Begin cutting strips of cloth cheese to wrap around the head and hands also using dabs of hot glue to hold in place.

This is how it show appear, but use your imagination to it fullest, also you can drill 2 small holes at the top chalkboard and add wire, rope, twine, or jute, even Halloween fabric, add jute or fabric and tack with a tack and tie chalk into the jute, wire, fabric and you will have a very spooky message board for Halloween there is lots you can do with this project to make it your own just experiment as much with it as you like. The project takes about 2 days to complete.

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