I love finding cheaper/quicker/smarter ways to do things. I like to “beat the system.” Cause I’m a rebel like that.
You are probably wondering why one would ever want/need to “fake” a chalkboard. Good question. After making my fair share of chalkboards, I finally came to a realization…they are a pain in the butt to make.
Number one…I don’t enjoy working with chalkboard paint. It’s expensive and too labor intensive. Priming, painting, “seasoning” the chalkboard with chalk before use. Too much work.
Number two…I suffer from texture-a-chalk-a-phobia. I loathe the texture of chalk. Particularly the way it feels when writing on a chalkboard. Funny, since I was a teacher and all. Can’t help it…it sends shivers down my spine. It’s my personal version of nails on a chalkboard. Except it’s chalk on a chalkboard. I “chalk” it up to being one of my weird OCD quirks.
Number three…I don’t like chalk dust or the messy look a chalkboard has after it’s been erased. It looks…well, messy. I can remember having teachers that would erase the chalkboard as they were teaching and would miss a part of a letter or number. That was it for me. Whatever concept was being taught went right out the window as I obsessed over the un-erased section and broke into a sweat fighting the urge to jump up and erase it.
Hashtag# More issues than National Geographic.
So I found a way to beat the system. By creating a “faux” chalkboard. In about a minute, for less than a dollar.
Let’s do dis.
Materials you’ll need: a frame, black foam board, pencil, ruler, x-acto knife
Measure the inside lip on the back of the frame.
Using the x-acto knife, cut a piece of foam board in those dimensions.
You have just made a faux chalkboard in two steps for less than a dollar. Go you!
Draw or write whatever you want the chalkboard to say.
Pop it into the frame and call it a day.