This weekend I got my act [and all my materials] together to make my clouds. This was an extremely cheap project because a] I borrowed my dad's jigsaw, b] I used leftover scrap wood and hardware. But even if you don't have those things, you can still make this on the cheap.
M A T E R I A L S
- wood [I used leftover 3/4" pine] that's wide enough for the cloud/s you want to make]
- Chalkboard Paint
- Dry Erase or Magnetic paint
- Cork-board [from an old bulletin board, or you can use those adhesive cork tiles]
- Drill and bits
- Wood screws
- Picture hangers
- Safety glasses
I set up this extremely high-tech cutting station in our backyard. . .
Note: if you are using chairs or something similar, be sure you don't cut the chairs. Just sayin'.
flat-bottomed clouds would be cool too.
TIP: Don't work with a dull jigsaw blade like I did. Put in a new one and things will go much smoother. It's also helpful to have someone to help you hold the wood in place while you cut. It also helps to choose wood that doesn't have knots in it, as those can be messy to cut through.
One broken jigsaw blade and a trip to the hardware store later. . .
Once primed, give your chalkboard cloud two coats of chalkboard paint. Paint your magnetic or dry erase cloud with the appropriate paint. If you're doing a cork board cloud, lay the cloud on top of your cork board, trace around it and cut it out with a utility knife. Glue the cork to your wood cloud [I just used tacky glue].
TIP: My utility knife was having a hard time cutting through all the cork. I broke out a serrated kitchen knife to finish, which worked really well. You can always give the edges of the cork a light sanding to smooth it out.
One your clouds are painted and corked, you can prepare to hang them. I wanted my big cloud to stick out further from the wall than the other two, so I marked a couple lengths of wood and cut them. . .
CONFESSION: My little white cloud is neither magnetic nor dry erase. I ended up just painting it white! Chalkboard paint is way cheaper than dry erase and magnetic paint [which has to be professionally shaken, it WILL NOT mix by hand].
Stay tuned. . . tomorrow I'll post my completed little art corner, above which the cloud trio is hanging.