I have had the honor of working with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores as part of their Summer of Jo-Ann. I was given a choice of recreating one of the 72 featured projects from their Cape Discovery Spring Craft Catalog. The project that caught my eye first was Destination Imagination chalkboard signs. I immediately knew that these signs would make the cutest little addition to our garden. As you can see we decided on a “Pick Your Own Veggies” theme because I am one of those theme loving people and think it would be so much fun to throw a harvesting party or a “pick your own veggies” party for the kiddos.
Above on the left is the inspirational picture I had to work from and on the right is what I came up with. We were encouraged to recreate their projects using our own style and ideas.
It is still a little early for a harvesting party but my little girl still had fun picking.
The Chalkboard signs are really easy to make and only require a few materials to complete.
What you will need:
*6 foot wooden stick for screwing chalk board signs to (I purchased mine at the garden store for $1.99.)
Start by cutting the Foamcore board into your desired shape and size. I used a razor blade and my cutting ruler. Then grab some chalk and start creating! This is the fun part. I did want to go for a smeared-worn look but realized after spraying them that a thicker chalk line was better. The smeared chalk disapeared once being sprayed. So the darker the chalk lines the better, they are still going to fade a little bit anyways.Now take all of your fabric scraps and start embellishing the edges of the foamcore board. Have fun with it. There are so many ways to hide the edges with your fabric pieces. Some of them I twisted, some of them I tied into bows. I simply used pins to secure the fabric pieces into the foamcore board along the edges. Don’t worry the pins stick in really well and won’t come out unless you are pulling really hard on them.
Once you get all of your signs made and embellished take them outside and lightly spray them with the Krylon spray. Spray them lightly with a sweeping back and forth motion. Do not stay in one spot too long or spray it too thick because it will cause your chalk to disappear. If need be, you can touch up your signs with more chalk and spray again.
Allow the signs to dry for a couple of hours before handling. The spray will help with the smearing, but you will still want to keep little hands away from them too much.Now take your chalk signs and screw, hammer or glue them to the wooden stick.
Now place them out in the garden and you are ready for a Garden Harvesting or “Pick Your Own” party!Just make sure you remove the signs if there are any threats of rain. Unfortunately they will get ruined.
Now head on over Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and sign up for Jo-Ann Discover Connect. You will not only receive notice of their sales and coupons but you will also receive a 20% coupon today when you sign up! Thanks again to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for asking me to be part of their Summer of Jo-Ann, it has been an honor!