Hey guys, at long last I have jumped on the chalkboard DIY trend, though of course with a twist, true to creativjewishmom style. (And with some upcycling too, as you might expect!) When I picked up a little bottle of acrylic chalkboard paint on our trip to the USA this summer, I knew I'd find a million and one uses for it, but the first really good one is DIY chalkboard apples, just in time for the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat which is the new year for fruit bearing trees. So whether you have some articifial apples of any kind hanging around, or you need to go buy some, this is a craft you won't want to miss! Imagine a bowl of chalkboard apples on your coffee table for guests to decorate, or use them to write fun messages!
For detailed instructions for these DIY chalkboard apples, keep on reading.
- artificial apples, mine are styrofoam (if using plastic you'll need to prime them first with a base coat that sticks to plastic)
- small bottle of chalkboard paint
- Remove plastic stems from styrofoam apples, and in that same hole, insert a skewer.
- Holding the skewer, paint one coat of paint and set aside to dry for several hours. Paint a second coat and then set aside to dry for 24 hours or according to product instructions.
- Skewers can be stuck into a vase, or preferably onto a base of recycled styrofoam, or anywhere just don't let the apples touch one another as they dry.
- Prime the apple with chalk (though I didn't find that was necessary with our paint), wipe it all off and then have fun drawing away!