Chalkboard paint + mason jars = two huge, craft trends, right? Add STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam to the mix and you get a DIY Mason Jar Chalkboard! I was so excited when designer Kathleen George discovered this amazing chalkboard fabric – yes, chalkboard fabric. And now, chalkboard fabric + mason jars + STYROFOAM Brand Foam = a Mason Jar Chalkboard. How cool is this? And it’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea, too.
If you can’t find the fabric locally, there’s enough time before Mother’s Day to order it from Nancy’s Notions. You can make several memo boards from one yard of fabric, so make it for Mother’s Day, make it for a neighbor, a friend, and absolutely for yourself. There are several ways to embellish the memo board, and if you use purchased flowers, you’ll have this Mason Jar Chalkboard hanging up in your own kitchen in no time at all.
To make a Mason Jar Chalkboard, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
- Chalkcloth fabric
- Acrylic craft paint, black
- 1” x 20” silver
- ¾” x 18” gingham
- Scrapbook paper for roses, leaves, and tag (or use purchased flowers and a readymade tag)
- Yes! Paste or other adhesive
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; felt tip marker; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap; stiff paintbrush; 1” putty knife; roller or brayer
To make a Mason Jar Chalkboard:
1. The finished bulletin board measures 12” wide x 18” high. If you like, you can draw a Mason jar free-hand on the foam sheet, or use the pattern. Pin the pattern to the foam sheet, and then trace around it with the marker.
2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the Mason jar. Sand any rough edges with a scrap piece of foam, and press smooth all edges with your fingertips.
3. Paint the edges black, and extend the paint along the front edge of the board, too. Let paint dry.
4. Trace the Mason jar pattern onto the back of the Chalkcloth and cut out, adding ¼” all around. You’ll trim away any excess fabric later.
5. Using the putty knife, spread a thin, even layer of Yes! Paste or other adhesive on the reverse side of the Chalkcloth and the front of the Mason jar. Center the cloth over the foam sheet, and working from the center out, gently smooth out the fabric with your fingers. Use a roller to smooth the cloth, as well, if desired. Set aside to dry overnight. Once it’s dry, carefully trim away excess fabric.
6. Cover the jar lid with ribbon:
- Glue a 10” length of silver ribbon along the top edge of the jar to cover the top, and then fold over and glue along the front.
- Glue a second 10” length of ribbon to the front, overlapping the first ribbon and completely covering the area for the lid.
- Fold the ribbon edges over onto the back of the board and glue in place.
- If needed, carefully trim away excess ribbon at the corners so it folds neatly.
- Note: Optional: Kathleen used a plastic ribbon, which she embossed to create lines similar to a real Mason jar lid.
- Tie a gingham ribbon around the top of the jar.
8. Make the paper roses to embellish the Mason jar. You have lots of options for embellishing:
- Kathleen made her roses using paper strips, and this video tutorial will walk you through the steps. Kathleen started with a 1” x 6” paper strip, and then varied the sizes of strips to make the roses larger and smaller.
- You can also make rolled paper roses using this tutorial from Make: magazine.
- If you have die-cutting equipment, you can die-cut flower embellishments.
- Or, use purchased flowers. You’ll find burlap roses, paper flowers, and silk flowers readymade and ready to go in the craft store.
9. Cut leaves from scrapbook paper. Glue roses and leaves to the Mason jar.
10. Tie on a tag and a piece of chalk.
There are so many ways you could use this chalkboard fabric, and you could cut your foam sheet into many different shapes, too. You could make a chalkboard arrow, or a board shaped like a house or a heart. This could be a lot of fun! How would you use this fabric?