Smartboards are standard in classrooms these days, but good old-fashioned chalkboards are still handy at home. Kids can use these easily erasable surfaces to practice their ABCs and improve their artistic skills. Start the school year with a clean slate by repurposing a thrift-store photo frame for this simple, speedy craft. It'll be ready to use as soon as the paint is dry.
- large frame
- acrylic paint (optional)
- thick piece of corrugated cardboard, sized to fit the frame
- chalkboard paint, available at craft and home-improvement stores
- Cover your workspace with sheets of newspaper.
- If desired, paint or decorate the frame with acrylic paint.
- Paint one side of the cardboard with chalkboard paint.
- When everything is completely dry, secure the painted cardboard into the frame. It's ready for chalk!
- To wipe the chalkboard clean, run a damp paper towel over it and let the board dry before using again.