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   Chalkboard place cards or buffet tags Posted by Jo 
May 14, 2013 
Jo
 

Little Jo bought me the nicest linens for my dining room table as a Christmas present. The weather has finally warmed here and I set my table with all of my pretty new things! One final piece that I wanted to add was some place card holders. These are always so fun and easy to make. Let me share this version with you!

First, I headed to Michaels and purchased cute little easels and cute little canvases to match. Next, I chose a color palette of acrylic paints to match my linens.

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I did two coats on each canvas, painting them a solid color. Next, I used these bracket adhesive stencils to create a fun design using a coordinating paint color.

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For some reason, I can’t find the pictures I took of one of the most important steps, but that’s okay, I can describe it for you. All I did at this point was to paint on a coat of Clear Chalkboard Coating (available online or at Hobby Lobby) on my canvases according to the instructions on the package. I allowed them to dry the required amount of time, then primed with chalk and they were ready to use.

The paint colors match my new place settings perfectly, and this clear chalkboard coating makes it possible for me to use the colors I wanted rather than being tied to the usual black color of most chalkboard paints. The best part is that I can write a name on them with chalk, then wipe it away and put something else on it next time. They can be re-used over and over thanks to the chalkboard coating.

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And when I’m not using them for place settings, I can also use them on a buffet table to identify the dishes being served!

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2 comments so far:

  1. PatGLex said: (May 20th, 2013 at 12:00 pm)

    I need to get me some of that Clear Chalkboard paint! And I know what I want to do with it: a larger canvas — 8 x 10 — to make a to-do list to hang in my hallway! And possibly frame it with an open frame; or…I do know they have chalkboard frames that can be special ordered…..I could put the date on that! (I like the idea that I could paint the canvas to match my color scheme, rather than make do with whatever those dry erase things come in….)

  2. Jo said: (May 22nd, 2013 at 10:18 am)

    PatGLex, what a great idea! I love it!

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