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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!


  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.

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