Tutorial Tuesday: Make Those Chalkboard Tags Easier To Use
Hey everyone! It's time for a little how-to. Yay!
You may have noticed that the crafty blogosphere has been on a chalkboard kick. That's okay with me. I liked them before it was cool. ;)
In an effort to organize my "Craft Office" and my laundry sorter as well, I bought a stack of these cheapy little chalkboards. They're pretty low-quality; I knew that going in. They came with these silly golden string loops, which I also knew I was going to immediately rip out. Like so.
Next, I got out my trusty multi-temp hot glue gun and set it to low heat. I glued one end of a 9-inch ribbon to the chalkboard:
And then I hot glued a Velcro dot on top of the ribbon. My dots had an adhesive back, but I knew I was going to be moving them around a lot, and I wanted to make sure they really stuck.
Next, I hot glued another dot to the other end of the ribbon. You can't tell in the photo, but it's essential at this step to fold your ribbon, line up your Velcro dots and make sure that the fuzzy side and the toothy side are facing each other. It would be so annoying to get it wrong here!
I didn't want the sticky back that wasn't covered by ribbon to get all dirty and gummy and gross, so I just cut it off.
Since these little guys are definitely not slate or other beautiful legitimate chalkboard surfaces, I gave them an extra-thorough seasoning by rubbing chalk all over them,
and then rubbing that around (and, to some extent, off) with an old, non-linty T-shirt rag.
Here's the finished product doing its job, but now so easy to swap it out if I decide I need it elsewhere!