Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DIY Chalkboard Door!

Ok so the story behind this beauty is, I walked into my parents house and saw that my mom was painting a door we have leading out to our garage black as night....this didn't make sense to me at all... why black? I asked her what she was doing and she showed me the can of paint she was painting with. It said Chalkboard Paint! I thought that was the most clever idea since she has a bunch of kids still at home who love to color on walls, so naturally.... I copied her! She had extra paint in the can so I brought it home and her and I painted my pantry door that is in my kitchen. It was always an awkward shaped door and had no purpose to be there SO we made it into my Chalkboard door! I love it! I have used it so much, anywhere from me writing up the menu for dinner when we are having friends over, writing up my To Do lists, Doctor appointments, to... when my crazy neighbors would randomly come into my house and the kids needed something to do with their hands and were feeling creative so they would scribble at remarkable speeds on my door!! This is the most rewarding craft because you don't need it particularly for a holiday or season... when you are done with it you don't have to put it into a box for a year until the next go around, it is always there and is always useful!

  • 1 can of KRYLON Chalkboard indoor paint... Flat Black (it is a yellow can)
  • Sand paper
  • Paint roller
  • Chalk and Eraser
1. Wash your chosen door so you don't have any dust or sticky stuff getting in the way of the paint.

2. Sand down your door with sand paper, especially if your door is like mine and had heavy wood grains. Don't sand too much just enough to make your surface smooth but rough enough to hold paint.

3. Wipe off the door once more to get the dust you just made from sanding.

4. Paint first layer of paint then let dry for 48 hours...

5. Paint second coat and let dry for another 48 hours...

6. Once paint is completely dry take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the entire painted surface of your door. Make sure you get the whole surface (this helps the chalk to stick on the chalkboard when you begin to write on it.)

7. Take your eraser and erase all your chalk... now you can begin to use your chalkboard door!

If you have any questions... read the back of your can.... They say wait 24 hours but I found best results after 48 hours of drying...
If you do not have a wooden door... or a door at all to paint have no fear this stuff can be painted on, metal, Drywall, Plastic, Glass, and paperboard! Here are a few more creative ideas that you could use this stuff on! Walls and tabletops, easels, cabinets, toy boxes, refrigerators, or even to resurface an old chalkboard! (Got these off the back of the can!)

I have so much fun with this chalkboard door! It always come in handy...not to mention it matches the color scheme in my kitchen! Bonus!

Sorry I don't have any pictures of the whole process but I did this project over a year ago... before I even had my fun Craft blog!

TA DA!!!! Here is my beautiful Chalkboard door!!
Hope you have fun with this one! Your kids and Husband will have fun with it for years to come!!!

Have Fun!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cheesecloth MUMMY!

This was a project I thought of on my own... aren't you proud! lol My husband took me to Micheals one Saturday morning...which is a dangerous thing to do! And as I was rummaging around in the clearance isle I found this white craft doll. This particular doll is for dressing up with girls clothes and hot gluing yarn on it head for hair making it into a real doll.... well.... I had a slight different approach on it! I decided to make it into a Mummy! I bought it and got started on it right away!


  • White dress up doll (found at micheals)
  • Cheesecloth (found at Walmart)
  • Scissors (found in your junk drawer)
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (found at walmart)

1. Cut your cheesecloth into long strips... you will need a few to cover the whole doll.

2 Take the Vodo looking dress up doll and start wrapping it up in cheesecloth.

3. Hot glue the two end points of each strip of cheesecloth to the doll just to keep it from unraveling.

4. Wrap up the mummy until you get the look that you like!

A simple and fun craft! You will have so much fun making it! The best part is... is that it is such a cute mummy to decorate with! Even my husband who has zero decorating/crafting skills thinks so!!!


Have Fun!
Melissa Elizabeth

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Wreaths!!!!

So I made these amazing wreaths through out this week, I started fiddling around while watching General Conference! It took awhile to make them but the end results were so worth it!

I wanted to let you know of a new thing I will be setting up for all of you. I will be selling some of my crafts... selected ones that are done but also kits for some other ones. I wanted to do this for those people out there who don't have the time to craft but have asked if I could make things for them, or for the people who just don't craft at all but wish to have some of my decor... I will start with selling these wreaths! I will have multiple styles to choose from however the three basic ones will be
  • Black
  • Orange
  • Speckled black and orange
  • Jack-o-lantern
I can do what ever style you think of as well as any color combination! Purple, lime green, black, orange etc....
I can add these origami medallions that I have made all by hand to the wreath in whatever pattern you request however each medallion will be 25 cents more (due to how much time they take me!), but you tell me the pattern and color of the medallions you want and I will be happy to make them and provide them on the wreath for you!

I have different sizes of wreaths so if you don't like the small size I have finished you can have a bigger one! The prices are set with no medallions on the wreath again those will be 25 cents each
  • Small $8
  • Medium $15
  • Big $20
The bigger the wreath is the more material I have to use hence the prices!

Please let me know if you would like to buy one of these wreaths, let me know on here or if you have my facebook let me know there what you would like!
I would love to make you what you want!

Melissa Elizabeth