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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday & PLAID:.

I spend a lot of time at Walmart. It really is one stop shopping.


Groceries? Check. Toiletries? Check. And the best thing I can check off? Crafting supplies! Did you know that Walmart carries a ton of amazing Plaid products?


And with these amazing Plaid products, you can make amazing things, like these new chalkboards that I made for my girls.




I was excited to get to try out all of these Plaid goodies below, which you can find at your local Walmart.




I started off with a trip to Walmart to find some surfaces that needed painting. It really wasn’t tough to find things! I saw these plastic party trays and knew they had some potential!




I started off by using painter’s tape to tape around the edge of my tray. I only wanted the paint to be on the bottom flat surface of the tray. Much easier for little hands wanting to draw!




My box of goodies contained some foam rollers, so that made the painting job even easier!




Paint the bottom of your tray. You’re going to need a few coats, so let it dry slightly in between each coat.




And here is the part where I tell you what not to do. Don’t leave your painter’s tape on. Take it off while the paint is still wet! I made the mistake of leaving it on, and luckily it turned out just fine (thank you box cutter!) but it would have been much better if I’d removed the tape while the paint was still wet. Learn from my mistake!


Once my paint was dry, I thought it would be fun to put a little stencil on each chalkboard. I used the flower stencils from Plaid, as well as some fun glitter paint. In a house full of girls, you can never have enough sparkle! This paint would also work great as a top coat over a solid color if you wanted a more bold look.




Then, you’ll need to prep your chalkboards by lightly rubbing chalk over them, and wiping it off with a damp towel.




Now you’re ready to write and draw!




I used a chalkboard marker, which is also nice for my kiddos to use, but regular chalk will work great, too! My three year old enjoyed using her new chalkboard to draw some pictures.




Yes, that is me on the bottom, in case you were wondering.




And my two year old sure loved scribbling on hers!




I really enjoyed using the Plaid products. The foam rollers were so nice to use for the application of the paint. I am loving the chalkboard paint as well. I hadn’t really jumped on the chalkboard paint bandwagon yet, but now I’m a believer! It is so fun to customize something using it!


It was really great being able to find everything I needed for this project at Walmart. Along with the other 15 things that were on my list for the day! Shopping with three young children isn’t always easy, and it’s nice when I don’t have to drag them around from store to store.


You can follow along with Plaid in these other places to get more inspiration of how you can use their products:

Plaid crafts on Pinterest

Plaid on Facebook

Plaid on Twitter

And some more inspiration from Walmart Crafts on Pinterest


** Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions and thoughts are my own!


  1. Great idea! I have been looking for chalkboard markers but have not been able to find them - where in Walmart are they located? In the craft or where the office supplies are? I kow where I will be goingtoday Thank you for the post!

  2. Great craft idea! These would also be great for car trips!

  3. Such a cute idea!!! We just wanted to let you know that we awarded you the Sunshine Award today, http://www.prettyprovidence.com/2012/06/sunshine-award.html. We love your blog and appreciate the time you spend sharing your ideas with us!

  4. This is definitely a great idea! You can serve breakfast in bed and write a fun message!

  5. Love the idea but my local Walmarts are eliminating crafts altogether, so wrong! Jealous

  6. Love this!! I just made a chalkboard recently and still have some of the paint left over.. This would be fun to make for my daughters. Or as gifts for my Nieces and Nephews. Thanks for sharing! :) I love your blog.


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