DIY Chalkboard Wreath

by Stacy RisenmayDecember 20, 2013

The holiday season is the perfect time to create in your home. Try this DIY project by Stacy from Not Just a Housewife to add a little holiday spirit to your home!

I have a confession… am not a huge wreath fan. I want to like them and I think that most are pretty cute. But I just don’t get super excited over them. Christmas is really the only time (with very few exceptions) that I even hang them. I was trying to think of a fun nontraditional wreath I could make this year. I was working on a chalkboard project while I was contemplating this challenge and this idea popped in my head.

wreath-boxwood_editedThis is my take on a boxwood wreath.

I love the idea of a chalkboard wreath because you can make it look like anything you want.

wreath-holly_editedAnd here is a holly one!

It is super simple to make. I used thin plywood because that is what I had on hand, but you could also use foam core poster board or chipboard.
I traced two bowls onto the plywood. I eyeballed it but you can measure to find the exact center if you want.

In order to get the jig saw blade in to cut the center circle out, you will need to drill a hole large enough for the jigsaw blade to fit. It is easier to cut the center out first. Then you can cut the outer circle.

I puttied any place the wood was rough or where it splintered from the saw. Then I sanded the whole thing smooth as I could. Then I sprayed it with chalkboard spray paint. It soaked up a lot of paint so I had to do 4 coats.
Then I glued ribbon onto the back. If this were heavier I would have had to use staples but since the plywood I used was so thin, it is very light weight.
Then comes the fun part! Decorate it anyway you want. I did a fall leaf wreath first when I made this back in October. You can also use chalk markers so it will last longer. But if you use regular chalk, a little trick I learned from my mom is to lightly spray it with hairspray and it won’t rub off until you wash it off.
So what do you think of this non-traditional wreath?
Hope you’ve been inspired to create a festive DIY piece for your home this holiday season and make a few memories in the process. Share your DIY projects and home moments with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and be sure to use #HomeMoments!

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  • kellycupcake
    November 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Great idea. I’m modifying it into a tree shape. Apartment spaces are not hospitable to fitting trees anywhere but next to radiators. Burning candles is festive, not so much the whole building.

    Have you considered using pegboard as the base? I’m going to use it so I can still hang ornaments or just add dimension to it.

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