Sunday, July 10, 2011

DIY Glassboards: The Chalkboard Alternative

If you've been around here long, you know I love a good chalkboard. And I'm not afraid to use them in all sorts of ways. But, I've also become a fan of what I call "Glassboards" in recent months and I think you'll like them, too.

You may have seen my Blessings Board I made last fall, which was my original glassboard, or this red one I used in February. And last week, Abby & Lily worked on their own versions for their rooms...

You can write on these boards with dry erase markers or chalk paint markers. And the design possibilities are endless.

The basic idea is to use a frame with its glass, and either remove the back altogether, leaving it clear, or replace it with a decorative back.

For our recent ones, we made a trip to one of our favorite thrift stores & picked out a couple of frames in the sizes we wanted.

Then, I removed the glass & backing for them (Don't forget to always use gloves when handling glass because the edges are very sharp!).

Next, they painted the frames with their chosen colors of craft paint...

Then, they each made little buntings to decorate them. Abby made hers from scrapbook paper, and Lily made hers from canvas stamped with my favorite mini alphabet stamps...

To finish, we covered the original frame backing of Lily's with fabric & replaced it, letting the little bunting hang in the front.

And for Abby's, I replaced the glass by carefully stapling along the sides to keep it secure. I also added a saw tooth hanger and a few dots of hot glue to hold the bunting in place.

Then, we hung them...Lily's in her closet & Abby's in her room.

I think they did a great job. What do you think? And they had a little fun doing it, too.

Does this give you ideas for how you could use one somewhere? I'd love to see it!

I'll be sharing this post with some of these crafty people. Stop over & say Hi!


  1. These are adorable...I love that the girls helped make them. Love the bunting detail too. I just "pinned" this in my Pinterest file to try making in the future with my girls!

  2. One question: did you hot glue the bunting triangles on to the string to make them stick?

  3. those are sooo cute! love the buntings on them!
    i have an old tarnished mirror that doesn't really reflect anymore and i use it as a dry erase board in my foyer. it works so well!

  4. These are so cute!! I love the turquoise! The bunting is such a cute detail on them both!!

  5. Julie- What a clever idea. I love this. I have a few frames and I'll bet the girls would love doing this~ xo Diana ps...your girls are darling!

  6. Love this idea!!! So charming. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I think they make for a quick and inexpensive idea, Julie! Especially when you don't want to get involved with paint and waiting for it to dry. It's nice they personalized it to their own tastes, too.

  8. These look awesome. What a great idea to do the glass instead of a chalkboard background. Your girls did a great job decorating theirs, too!

    I found you through the DIY Showoff link party and am your newest follower. Come check me out, too, if you're interested @ Carissa's Creativity Space

  9. That's what i use for my menu board in my kitchen. Love it.

  10. Your project is adorable! I'd love for you to share it today at my Pinkalicious Blog Party
    Also, I wanted to let you know that I am hosting a New Party this Sunday, July 17th called The Barter Bazaar. Barter your wares with other bloggers for free shopping (maybe a little shipping $). Spread the word!

  11. What a clever idea!! They came out great!!

  12. Love these message boards. I was just given some old windows by a friend with a 100+ year old house and this gives me just the inspiration to make a message board for our upcoming office remodel. THANKS!

  13. What a sweet photoshoot! The boards are a wonderful idea. Very cool allowing the wall to show through on that one.


  14. Julie, these are such a good idea! I love the flag bunting you guys did, it adds such a cute touch. Oh while I am here, I wanted to say I LOVED your coffee table turned bench for your daughter's room. What a great deal you got on that table, and to have the vision on what to do with it, genius.

  15. Love them!! That little bunting is the perfect touch!!

  16. Super cute! I want to do this for my wedding!


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