Friday, December 14, 2012

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Ornaments

I've been making Christmas gifts for my mom since I was kid.  This year I wanted to combine a couple of my mom's favorite things  - she loves vintage jewelry - handmade Christmas ornaments - and pictures of the kids.  Putting those three loves together I made her these magnetic chalkboard ornaments.

They were the easiest little ornaments to make too!  I think this took maybe 15 minutes - okay maybe just a little longer because of the drying time of the paint.  Seriously though, this was a super fast project, and I really love the sweet, simple result!

Starting with three wooden cut outs (from my craft supply stash), that you could pick up at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for just a few cents, I used a sponge applicator to paint 5 very smooth coats of magnetic primer -only on the front.  Unless you want both sides to be magnetic there's no need to paint the back.  Why 5 coats?  In my experience I've found that it takes more than a couple coats to get a nice strong magnetic surface.  Waiting for each coat to dry does require some patience, but it's worthwhile when your magnet clings perfectly!

Then when the primer was dry I painted 2 coats of chalkboard paint on the front and back - again with a sponge applicator for a nice smooth surface.  Then I conditioned the surface by rubbing chalk over them and was ready to decorate!

I had already made a few magnets out of vintage clip-on earrings (just glueing a magnet to the back of a few thrift store finds), so I cut out a few pics of the kids and called this easy project done!

I kind of wish I had made more of these because they look so pretty on my white tree I'd like to have a few of my own.  But Christmas is about giving (right?), and I know my mom is going to love these!  And I like that they really don't look too "Christmas-y" so she could hang them on hooks somewhere in her home and keep them out all year long.  Plus I like that the pictures can easily be replaced.  And she could also take the magnets off and use them as chalkboard labels/signs - but who would want to take the vintage clip-on earrings turned magnets off?

Attaching the twine hanger was really simple too.  I just used a little hot glue and some black ribbon.

And the icing on the cake?  I already had all of these supplies on hand.  It pays to be a diy-craft-supplies-hoarder!  Have you done any holiday crafting this year?

The winner of the Wrist Soiree giveaway is ................Ashley@AttemptsAtDomesticationDecember 7, 2012 1:10 PM
These are super cute! Love them!

Congrats Ashley!  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!  



  1. Very fun ornaments! Wondering if White Board paint would work too. Then they would blend into a white tree??? Just a thought. I have used tint-able chalk board paint before, so you could really change up the colors to your taste. One whole room is raspberry chalkboard paint in my teenage daughters room. She loves that stuff!

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  3. Those are so cute and sweet....great project! happy weekend, dear friend!

  4. these are so great, Carmel!! thank you so much for linking up to our party!!


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