Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezie! I back with an easy DIY blackboard photo prop project for you today. These cute little blackboard have been popping up in photos everywhere lately and I have been looking for one for a HUGE photo project I have coming up. Yes I know you are all dying to know what I have up my sleeve, but you will have to wait….patiently……while I burst over here with excitement!
Anyway back to business, I haven’t been able to find one that I am happy with so I decided to make my own of course. So off I headed to my local craft store to find a simple blackboard with a unfinished frame I could paint. Was it that easy? NO. I found the ”thing” below.
Ugh. A gray blackboard – yeah that isn’t right. So I ended up getting this and a small jar of blackboard paint and proceeded to paint two coats on the surface of the slate. After I let this dry for 24 hours I needed to prep the board, but we’ll get in to that later!
So during my 24 hour wait I painted the frame. I settled on this shade of robin egg blue, so gorgeous! It is kind of my jam lately, well that and Hot Coral – google it, it is a REAL color and is REAL awesome!
Once I finished and allowed the frame to dry – which was super fast after using acrylic craft paint – I decided it needed a little more. Luckily I had this Distress Ink on hand. Typically used for scrapbooking, it comes in handy more than you know! It is basically stain on a stamper pad that you can rub directly on your project to give it a distressed or antique look. I used it very lightly as well as wiped back over the areas with a paper towel to give it a very light distressed look.
And here is my finished product. After of course I prepped my blackboard surface by rubbing chalk all over it and then whipping it off. I have no idea why they suggest to do it, but must stay it was much easier to write on after I completed that step. I just love how it turned out and it is going to work just perfect for my upcoming project!
So let’s hear it – have you made any photo props? What trend have you been seeing lately that you love? What do you think my big project will be?