Wednesday, October 05, 2011

DIY Chalkboard Blocks : Skipperoo Day 5


Hi All, Beth here, and welcome to another stop on the Blog Hop Shower for the fabulous Lishy Loo!! Like a lot of folks, I have been excited about the upcoming arrival of the new baby girl. But, today its all about the sibs! Miss Lish and I bonded awhile ago on the fact that our boys share the exact same names--Harrison and Truman. Pretty wild, when you consider they are not common names and we have never "met"! So I thought it fitting to do a little DIY project for the boys--something to remind them how special they are. I can only imagine the difficulty of having THREE. Hopefully these chalkboard blocks will help to keep Harry and Tru busy as little bees while Miss Lish tends to baby.

We have all seen lots of different things being covered in chalkboard paint, look here or here. I thought it would be cool to cover some wooden blocks. Blocks are such a great open-ended toy and I thought this would expand their possibilities even more. I pick up wooden blocks whenever I see them at thrift shops, so we have LOADS to spare. All you need is chalkboard paint and a brush or roller (this was recommended by the paint store guy, but the brush worked fine, too). Theres no magic to it--- its messy and you have to do at least two good coats. I did not have the kids help me with this-- its a bit smelly. There's more for them to do later. Just make sure that the coats dry before adding more. It took me about two hours to finish and I got several loads of laundry done in between coats. Once they are painted you have to let them sit for 2 or 3 days to "cure" as they say. Not sure if this is really necessary, but I am a rule follower, so I did it. After you have waited and your kids are giddy with anticipation, you can do the final step. All the blocks have to be rubbed on all surfaces with the chalk. This is yet another step in what they call the "curing" process. This step is not to be missed because its just so darn fun for the kiddos,and messy!!! When you are done, wipe them all clean with a damp cloth and they are ready!!! The possibilities are endless - practicing letters, spelling, drawing funny faces, making funny people. My boys have been having fun creating little scenes and cities for their cars, this is probably how they will be used most around these parts. I can't wait to hear what Lishy's boys do with them. We are packing up a box of freshly cured chalkboard blocks and sending them off to Harry and Tru, the soon to be big brothers!! Enjoy! Beth

And surely don't forget to join us for Day 6 over on Amber's blog. If you missed a day in the schedule and wanna catch up on all of the awesome posts, see below this DIY post for the list and linking blogs.

LishyLoo's Shower Skipperoo Schedule:
Saturday, Day 1 // Sandi of AdaLou
Sunday, Day 2 // Alix of Modern Kiddo
Monday, Day 3 // Jenny of Frecklewonder
Tuesday, Day 4 // Dottie of Modern Kiddo
Wednesday, Day 5 // Beth of Fuzzymama (guest posting on AdaLou)
Thursday, Day 6 // Amber of AppleSauceCrafts
Friday, Day 7 // Heather of 3RingCircus


  1. This is such a great idea Beth!! You're boys are so handsome and cute!

  2. Oh, those are so cute! What a great idea, i know we have some leftover chalk paint hanging around somewhere, we'll have to try that.

  3. these are brilliant!!! we are soooo doing this.

  4. What a cute idea! I've been so into chalkboard paint lately. It's so useful! xo, rv

  5. isn't beth's post fabulous! i love this idea... and we have so many blocks that we surely need to find other uses for them. awesome job beth!!!

  6. this is the sweetest! such a thoughtful post! let's hear it for little guys named harrison and truman!

    also, i am so totally going to go out and buy a can of chalkboard paint and paint SOMETHING with it, so help me god.


  7. jenny - chalkboard paint is the best! we redid our garage cabinets in them so we (more like i) could find tools and other missing items.


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