Quick and easy fall craft (plus a stain and poly comparison video)
My fall craft mojo has kicked into full gear, mostly because I took a run today that was so freakin’ hot I truly thought I was going to melt into a puddle of my own sweat. Yep. I am now officially ready for cooler weather.
Today I wanted to share with you a simple and inexpensive fall craft you can complete in one toddler nap time. True story.
Supplies you’ll need for this project:
- Wooden frame (Mine is a Crates and Pallet version – available at Home Depot – but you could use any leftover frame you have on hand, provided it still has its cardboard backing intact.)
- Chalkboard spray paint
- Wood stain in a cherry finish
- Chalk and chalk markers
- Regular printer paper
- Polyurethane to seal the frame (optional)
Below are the step-by-step instructions and a quick video* that shows exactly how I made this craft project. I also include in the video a demonstration comparing a few different stains and polyurethanes.
Step 1: Stain the frame.
Step 2: Spray the frame’s cardboard backing with a coat of chalkboard paint.
Step 3: While the frame and cardboard dry, design and print out the words for your art on regular printer paper. I created my design in a simple Word document.
Step 4: Take a piece of regular chalk and rub it onto the back of all your paper printouts.
Step 5: Position the paper printouts onto the chalkboard-painted cardboard (make sure the paint is dry first).
Step 6: Take a blunt pencil and trace the outline of your printed words. (This will transfer a faint chalk “carbon copy” onto the cardboard. You can see another example of this method here.)
Step 7: Fill in the chalk outline using chalk markers of your choice. Done!
Have you done any fall crafting yet?
*Special thanks to Rust-Oleum for sponsoring the video featured in this post and to Crates and Pallet for providing the frame used for this craft project.