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Friday, June 3, 2011

Chalkboard Name Tags


I made these really cute name tags for our 8th grade graduation reception. I found the basic idea on One Pretty thing but made it my own. I bought 20 thin wood ovals from Michaels, 19 cents each. I had to use a paint scraper to get the stickers off the back.

I tried just spray painting it with Krylon Chalkboard spray paint but the glue from the stickers left it tacky even after 24 hours drying. So, I sanded with 220 grit paper - it made all the difference! Sand the wood enough to get the sticker residue off and enough to smooth out the side you will be writing on and the edges just a bit. It took about a minute for each one.

I sprayed each piece 3 times front and back letting it dry about 30 minutes in between coats. Once they were dry I hot glued a 1" bar pin to the back about 1/4 of the way from the top (if you do it in the center it the pin will flop forward when pinned on fabric).
Finally I roughed up the edge of the chalk so it would show up thicker and made a sample for the kids that will be writing their own tags.

So much fun! I'm totally going to use these next year for field trips!

2 comments:

  1. I really like the idea - I ought to make some for the first days of seminary...except 9th graders would feel compelled to write rude or misleading things on them.

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  2. Those are awesome! How did the kids like them?

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