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Holiday Entertaining — Make Chalkboard Chargers

28 Oct
 It’s Thursday and it’s time for the last post in the Mrs. Bliss Holiday Workshop

I have really enjoyed this being a part of this series of Holiday Tips and Ideas!! There have been so many wonderful ideas for making our lives easier during this upcoming Holiday Season !! The complete links are at the bottom of the post. 
Today I’d love to share a super simple and fun Entertaining idea that can be used all year round! 
Chalkboard Chargers
I found some cheap, plastic chargers at my local discount store for $1 each. 
1. This is the most important step. If you are using plastic chargers, spray them first with Primer made for Plastic!! I made the mistake the first time of using regular primer. That does not work with plastic! If you use primer for plastic — your chalkboard paint will stick.
2. Spray your chargers with Chalkboard Spray Paint. You can find it at your local hardware store – like Home Depot.

3. Another must have — Chalkboard Pens!!! How did I not know about these before?? They are incredible!!! I big puffy heart them.  And they come in all sorts of wonderful colors!! I bought mine at Micheal’s — use a coupon from their website. And they also sell them through Amazon.

Once you get the chargers painted you can use them for all sorts of events during the year.
 *Thanksgiving*
*Christmas*
*New Years*
*Halloween*

Some other ideas: 
Birthdays
Valentines
Fourth of July

Another chalkboard paint idea — 
Make an Ornament Place Card
Paint a rectangle on an ornament with chalkboard paint. 
These can be used over and over! 

The party continues at these lovely locations:
Housewife Bliss  How to prepare for unexpected guests
Mindy Lockard A gracious surprise
Pemberley Collections Hosting an Open-house
The Entertaining House A surprise awaits
Lily Lemon Tree Holiday Style: Defining Modern Festive-Raindeer Sweaters and Jingle Bell Earrings Need Not Apply!
Ab home Interiors Festive Tablescapes:  A guide to true Southern style
Lucky Life Parties  Creative and Inexpensive Party Favors
The Daily Basics  Beautiful Gift Wrapping ideas
And I just wanted to share Hayley’s pumpkin she made (her friend helped her): 
{chalkboard paint AND spider web with the chalkboard pen – so fun to use!}
And look what Ella made today! Yes, we had that much snow!
XOXO

I am linking to these lovely parties:

  

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialUndertheTableandDreamingAll Thingz Related giveawaysLife as LoriThe Trendy TreehouseThe DIY Show OffTidy Mom I'm Lovin It FridaysBCD 125

Holiday Entertaining — Make Chalkboard Chargers

28 Oct
 It’s Thursday and it’s time for the last post in the Mrs. Bliss Holiday Workshop

I have really enjoyed this being a part of this series of Holiday Tips and Ideas!! There have been so many wonderful ideas for making our lives easier during this upcoming Holiday Season !! The complete links are at the bottom of the post. 
Today I’d love to share a super simple and fun Entertaining idea that can be used all year round! 
Chalkboard Chargers
I found some cheap, plastic chargers at my local discount store for $1 each. 
1. This is the most important step. If you are using plastic chargers, spray them first with Primer made for Plastic!! I made the mistake the first time of using regular primer. That does not work with plastic! If you use primer for plastic — your chalkboard paint will stick.
2. Spray your chargers with Chalkboard Spray Paint. You can find it at your local hardware store – like Home Depot.

3. Another must have — Chalkboard Pens!!! How did I not know about these before?? They are incredible!!! I big puffy heart them.  And they come in all sorts of wonderful colors!! I bought mine at Micheal’s — use a coupon from their website. And they also sell them through Amazon.

Once you get the chargers painted you can use them for all sorts of events during the year.
 *Thanksgiving*
*Christmas*
*New Years*
*Halloween*

Some other ideas: 
Birthdays
Valentines
Fourth of July

Another chalkboard paint idea — 
Make an Ornament Place Card
Paint a rectangle on an ornament with chalkboard paint. 
These can be used over and over! 

The party continues at these lovely locations:
Housewife Bliss  How to prepare for unexpected guests
Mindy Lockard A gracious surprise
Pemberley Collections Hosting an Open-house
The Entertaining House A surprise awaits
Lily Lemon Tree Holiday Style: Defining Modern Festive-Raindeer Sweaters and Jingle Bell Earrings Need Not Apply!
Ab home Interiors Festive Tablescapes:  A guide to true Southern style
Lucky Life Parties  Creative and Inexpensive Party Favors
The Daily Basics  Beautiful Gift Wrapping ideas
And I just wanted to share Hayley’s pumpkin she made (her friend helped her): 
{chalkboard paint AND spider web with the chalkboard pen – so fun to use!}
And look what Ella made today! Yes, we had that much snow!
XOXO

I am linking to these lovely parties:

  

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialUndertheTableandDreamingAll Thingz Related giveawaysLife as LoriThe Trendy TreehouseThe DIY Show OffTidy Mom I'm Lovin It FridaysBCD 125

Guest Tutorial — make a DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Message Station!

5 Oct
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Heeeeeeeeeeey!!!

HoHbigmouth

I’m Allison from House of Hepworths!

I’m so excited that Jen asked me to Guest Post today here at Tatertots and Jello!

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Today I’m going to show you how to make this adorable

Magnetic Chalk Board Message Station.

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My kids needed somewhere to keep their backpacks, school work, homework, library books, pens & pencils, notepaper, and all the little things they need to get themselves out the door each morning in an orderly manner.

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I hung a coat hanger from IKEA on the wall for their backpacks, jackets, & lunch boxes, but I still needed somewhere to keep all their extra “stuff” organized. Up until this point they would just throw papers all over the floor.

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Now when they walk in the door they have somewhere to put their “save” papers, notes to me, homework, etc.

Here’s how this message center came together…

I found this piece of metal on Craigslist for FREE!

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I decided it would make the perfect message center because it was magnetic. From there I took it one step further and added chalkboard paint.

First I primed it with Rust-oleum gray primer:

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I did two coats and let it dry a full 24 hours before I added the chalkboard paint.

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Then I coated it with chalkboard spray paint. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t splotchy so I did several coats – I used the entire can of chalk paint.

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Once it was dry I seasoned it. Basically just color the entire board, and then erase it.

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The metal had three holes on either end already drilled in it, so I just used those holes to nail the metal to the wall.

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Time to frame it out with moulding!

I measured the length and width of the metal board and then cut 4 pieces of moulding to fit around like a picture frame.

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I used a nail gun to hang the moulding, but you can easily hang it with a few nails and a hammer.

Be sure to level your moulding before you nail it down! You don’t want to end up with wonky moulding!

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When you hang moulding it doesn’t look so pretty at first.

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You can use all sorts of things to fill these holes, but I prefer caulk.

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Just squeeze it on…

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And then smooth it out with your finger (wipe the excess on a paper towel).

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Now it’s time for paint!

First you need to tape it all off.

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Here’s an easy way to tape the corners of a project:

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Take a piece of painters tape and fold it into a 90 degree angle. Then just stick it into the corners.

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Once it’s taped off it’s easy to paint.

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I used high gloss white paint.

Once it’s dry, take the tape off and add your accessories!

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I love that the message center is magnetic as well as a chalk board.

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I can write reminder notes to the kids as well as use magnets to hang all their papers and work that needs to go back to school.

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I keep the chalk in the drawer of the little table.

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And a few extra pens and pencils just in case…

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I LOVE this Magnetic Chalk Board Message Center!

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In addition to being totally functional and organized, it’s also just so cute.

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Thanks so much Jen for letting me guest blog today!

In addition to my magnet chalk board project, here are a few other things I’ve created lately.

For full tutorials click on the image.

  

  

  

  

I’d love for you to come visit me at House of Hepworths!

HoHbigmouth

Thanks so much Allison — I love your Message Station!!! 

Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us!
I just love Allison’s blog — House of Hepworths! If you don’t know it, go over and say hi!
HouseofHepworths
You will love all of Allison’s projects 
and go over each Thursday her Hooking up with HOH linky party!
Have a Terrific Tuesday!!!
xoxO
PS — It’s the second day of the Celebrating Autumn Week! 
 
 Go over to Deborah’s Taste and Tell blog for a delicious Fall Recipe!!
And, it’s my post tomorrow – I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on. Hint — it involves Autumn and the Dollar Store!! Plus, I will be having my First Ever Fall Linky Party!  
Come over and link up your Fall Projects tomorrow!!!

Fall Project — Make Chalkboard Bubble Silhouettes!

24 Aug
 Do you read No Biggie? If you don’t – you really should!
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The other day I clicked over there and Kami had posted another cute project — I knew I had to give it a try!! Chalkboard Bubble Silhouettes.

{HERE — is the tutorial she did for Make and Takes}

Yesterday was the first day of school here and I whipped these up just in time!

I was also thinking that this idea would be a great way to ask someone to a dance — you could print off a picture of the person with the question in the bubble. Then deliver the picture along with a blank bubble asking that they reply in the bubble.
I also thought it would be a fun idea for a family picture, each person could have something funny to say in their bubble!
 
Go on over and check out Kami’s blog — she is amazing!! Some of my favorite posts of hers are: 
{Christmas Advent Books}
And, if you are looking for a FREE School Download – check out my friend Carli @ Dimple Print’s blog for School-themed — cupcake toppers, banners, thank you notes and more!! 

Plus, be sure to enter the Modern Bird Studios Artwork giveaway 
 {$215 value!!!} 
 I’m linking to these fun parties:

Show and Tell GreenLife as LoriHookingupwithHoH

The Girl CreativeThe DIY Show OffMakingSumo's Sweet Stuff Birthday Wedding cakes crafts parties
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XOXO