This year I’m going to have a go at 12 different tutorials in 12 different types of craft: the 12 tutorial challenge.
Make chalkboard books
My first challenge was first spotted back last September on the Whip Up blog. Turn old cardboard kids books into mobile chalkboards. Having a small child who needs occupying on long car journeys I thought this would be a great tutorial to try.
My only deviation from the tutorial was that I used chalkboard paint, rather than chalkboard spray as my local DIY place didn’t have any spray. But costs wise, it probably works out the same. (I only had to go and buy silver marker pens as I can’t find the ones I already had after I moved house earlier in the year.)
Making it was pretty straightforward, although with two coats of paint per page and 8 pages with a 2 hour drying time for each coat don’t expect it to be done in an evening. I made mine over the course of 5 evenings. I taped the edges of the spine to protect them from wear and tear. And voilà! one awesome chalkboard book.
Want to try it yourself? The instructions (with pictures) are here.
Of course, I had so much fun making the first one (and it came out so well) that I made a further 9 (NINE!) to give to all the small children in our lives for Christmas. And I’ve had requests to make more as well from people at work.