Join the chalkboard craze with these easy handmade wood slices used as a chalkboard banner. Simply erase and use for any season, celebration or party.
My Christmas village is one of of my favorite elements of our Christmas decorating. You can read all about the details of how we set it up.
I say “we” lightly because I totally delegate it to the kids. It’s always interesting to see who becomes the chief and who becomes the indian. Know what I mean?
I enjoy the tradition of it all more than the challenge of making sure every house and person is in their designated place. I just want it to look pretty!
Since my hubby was whittling down his massive “honey do” list before his surgery, I snagged him to help me add a cute chalkboard banner with wood slices to my little village.
Chalkboard Banner from Wood Slices
From Tim: Well, my very last DIY project prior to rotator cuff surgery was these really cute slices of wood for whatever project my wife chooses to use them for! Some of them became wall hangings and some became a chalkboard banner.
This is not rocket science nor labor intensive, so don’t be afraid to have some fun with it.
In a previous post/project about natural wood candle holders, I shared about thick bark versus thin and how dramatically the wood choice could affect the project. This is especially true for these slices, especially if you choose to chalkboard paint the inside.
I made pieces from both thick and thin barked wood, walnut and pine, and would recommend that you keep the slices reasonably thick…at least an inch. I noticed that cutting any thinner makes the bark peel away from the inner core and is not as aesthetically pleasing.
You will also need to determine the piece of wood to use (the original branch or limb) based on how you will use the slice. For example, a limb with a 6″ diameter might make a nice coaster but would be very heavy when used with several other slices for a banner.
So, simply cut your slices to the desired width and set aside for the next step, drilling a hole for a banner. Again, this will be determined by your specific project, but a 1/4″ hole should do.
Placement of the hole is completely random, but visualize how each slice will hang and drill accordingly. Your slices will likely be imperfect circles, so plan first. For other uses, you might omit this step.
Ummm…a good piece of information to pass along again is to de-bug this wood BEFORE you bring it inside or go any further with the project! Trust me…
After some curing time outside, protected from moisture, I used a chalkboard paint to put two coats on the inside core of several slices.
Just use a cheap artist brush or a chip brush that can be discarded.
You may need to lightly sand before and between coats, depending on your wood. The paint will raise the grain just a bit.
No need to prime – just two coats right on the wood. Let dry between coats and after the second coat (or third, if your prefer), season per the chalkboard paint instructions.
SUPER easy project! You could also spray these with polyurethane to use for coasters or to prepare the wood for appliques or decoupage. Go crazy!
From Marty: Obviously I don’t like that my hubby will be out of commission for several months but I do love his great attitude towards my little to do list!
After I seasoned the wood by rubbing chalk over it I then used a wet paper towel and wiped the excess off and started on my letters.
I then used a short piece of jute to attach each circle to the longer strand of jute.
This way I could slide the letters up and down according to whatever length I need.
The last couple of years we’ve covered the bookcase behind the village with a sheet to help disguise it so I simply attached the finished banner with thumb tacks to the bookcase.
My village greets visitors and sets the tone for our Christmas home.
At night the perfect little village of families and homes reminds us of the holy night when we celebrate Jesus’ birth.
The great thing about this banner is I can just erase the letters and use it for birthdays, parties or a seasonal accent. Love it!
***Edited: I cut my chalkboard banner in half to use with my Christmas mantel and I love the way it turned out!
So many options and ways to use these wood slices!
If you were inspired by this project I’d love if you’d share it with your friends!