DIY~ Customizable Chalkboard

With the school summer break coming to an unfortunate end, this DIY is perfect for those people who just need to keep track of their daily lives. All this DIY takes is an old picture frame, spray paint primer, colored spray paint, chalkboard paint, and either a hot glue gun or super glue. Let’s begin!

First, start with your good ol’ picture frame. Make sure it contains the glass piece and not just the frame. You can find them at any craft store and extremely cheap at any thrift store, like Goodwill. Take all the pieces apart and clean the frame and glass.

Spray both the frame and the glass with Kilz Spray Primer. Just like priming your  face, this will ensure that the paint stays on. This process will take a lot of spraying so I suggest that you complete this DIY outside with a tarp, or protective covering down.

For the frame, you can pick any color or just leave it the original antique color. I chose Krylon’s Spray Paint in the color Ballet Slipper. This color is a really lovely pastel pink. Spray the frame with two even coats. Put it to the side to make sure that when you spray the glass it doesn’t get sprayed as well.

Next, spray the glass with Krylon’s Chalkboard Spray Paint. Spray the glass with two even coats, and then let it sit for 5 minutes and then spray it with two more coats.

It is best to let the frame and glass dry overnight or for at least 8 hours for the best use. Waiting this long will make sure that the chemicals dry and don’t chip away. If you wanted to apply a clear coat then that would be fine, but isn’t necessary. When putting it all together, put the glass in the frame and then apply either a hot glue or industrial glue. Then tighten the clasps on the frame.

And now you have an adorable chalkboard! If you wanted more use of it then attach small circular magnets onto the back of the frame’s corners with a hot glue gun.  The magnetized chalk board could be placed on the inside of a locker or on a bustling family’s fridge. Many people spray full-length mirrors with chalkboard paint for a wall size chalkboard. Add any ribbons or stickers to make it unique!

DIY~ Flower Crowns

Flower crowns are an indie accessory that are flying off store shelves. These floral items aren’t only for Coachella attendees, but are also found on high fashion runways. To create these crowns, it only takes a small amount of supplies and easy steps. In this DIY I will show several different ways to make thicker and thinner flower crowns. They can be made with either silk flowers or real flowers. Let’s begin!

For all of mine I used silk flowers just because it tends to last longer and doesn’t wear or decay from the extended use. This process creates a thinner flower crown and is probably one of the easiest. To begin, all you will need is medium wire, preferably brown to match the stems, scissors, and your flowers. First, take the flower stems and put a few together. Wrap them together with about an inch and a half of wire. Cut off the excess wire so it doesn’t stab you in the head when you wear it. Keep adding more branches to the mix and coiling it with the wire. Base your shape into a circle as you bind the stems together. If you need to adjust the diameter of the circle, just loosen the wire, adjust, then tighten back up. Adding different color thin flower stems adds a summertime feel.

The second step is a bit more complicated and thicker. Start out doing the same process as the first crown, but wrap in the thicker white and yellow flowers in the front of the crown to create more dimension. If the bigger flowers won’t stay in or the wire keeps getting undone, then simply take a hot glue gun to the defected areas and let it sit for 15 minutes. Spreading the flowers out more will create a more equal crown.

The final step takes one more supply and more patience. The extra supply is floral tape and can be found wherever silk flowers are sold. To start, make your headband out of the wire and fit it to your head. Crop the flowers with the scissors so the stems are all the same length and there are no hanging leaves. Take two flowers and using the floral tape, wrap the stems to the wire headband. Repeat this process using different couples of flowers. Make sure the tape that you use matches the stem color or the crown will look sloppy. If you want to add pizazz to any of the crowns, adding ribbon to the back that wraps into a bow when you wear it will add the perfect touch. Simply string it through the headband and tape it  to the end of the headband. This works best if you have a headband format, rather than a crown format.

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