Introduction: How to Make Mini Chalkboard Clips

About: In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
Have you ever wanted a little tag, to put a temporary (or even permanent) label on something, like on your dish at a buffet or those baskets that keep things organized in your freezer?   Me too.  I found these at an on line store, only they were out of stock.  So I scrounged up some scrap wood (left over from another project), some black paint, sand less grout, (again left over from another project) and proceeded to create these wonderful mini chalkboard clips.  They are reusable and handy.  To me this is definitely a mass production project.  So here we go.

Step 1:

Mini pieces of wood; 1½”x 2” x 3/16”- (sanded smooth)
Small wood clothes pins (one per board, mine were colored and left over)
Blue painters tape
Flat latex paint (whatever color you want, I chose black)
Sand less grout
E-6000 glue
Sponge brush
1¼”x 1¾” piece of paper
Sand paper
Fingernail polish (not shown)

Step 2:

Make sure your wood is sanded smooth all over.

Step 3:

Use the paper and pencil to trace around the smooth side of the little board,

Step 4:

so that you know where to put the blue painters tape.

Step 5:

Place strips of the blue painters tape around the edges.   Be sure and press the tape down secure.

Step 6:

Make the chalk board paint by mixing 1part sand less grout with 8 parts paint (whatever color you want). 

Step 7:

Mix them together until smooth.

Step 8:

Dip your sponge brush into the black board paint and spread it onto the smooth exposed side of the wood.  Let it dry.

Step 9:

Remove the painters tape and use some smooth sand paper to remove any little lumps.

Step 10:

I used clear nail polish to paint over the uncovered edges and back of the board.  Wait 15 minutes to let dry.

Step 11:

Turn the little board over and use the E-6000 to glue the clothes pin to the back of the board with some of the legs of the pin sticking up above the board.  Let dry.

Step 12:

Prime the chalk board by rubbing the chalk stick across the dried paint.  Before you use it, use a damp rag to remove the chalk.  Let dry.

Step 13:

You are done.  Now put them to work.  Yes, this is wonderful.  Enjoy!
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