DIY Apple Chalkboard Teacher Gift #CreativeBuzz

I’m sure many of your children have started school by now but Miss P officially starts Preschool Tuesday.
Ahhh! I can’t believe it! I am super excited and nervous, for both of us, but I know she’ll do fabulous.

I thought it would be fun to make her teacher something and wanted it to be a little something different.
This month’s theme for #CreativeBuzz was apples so it helped give me a jumping off point.
This is what I came up with and I LOVE how it came out! 

She’ll be able to use it to display her name outside her classroom, put reminders on it for parents, or however else she sees fit.

Here is how I created it so you can make one too!

-Acrylic Paint
-Clear Chalkboard Coating

Start by drawing an apple on the MDF.
I just free handed it until I was happy with the size and shape.

Using a jigsaw, cut out the apple.

Here is the apple all cut out.
Before I started painting it, I gave it a light sanding and took off the sharp edges of the apple.
Wipe clean.

MDF sometimes sucks paint in so before I started painting with the colored paint, I coated the whole apple, front and back, with white paint.

 Next, coat the apple, leaf, and stem with a coat of paint and let dry.
This way you have a nice base of each color before adding another layer and adding the values.

 Next, add another layer of paint and while the paint is still wet, add some highlights and low lights to give the it some dimension.
I worked on each color separately until I was happy with how they looked.

When your paint is nice and dry, it is time to make it a chalkboard.
Pull out some of this awesome Clear Chalkboard Coating- it makes ANYTHING a chalkboard- and give the apple one coat vertically and let it dry for 1 hour. When the first coat is dry, apply another coat horizontally.
Let cure 24 hours.

 I took some twine and stapled it onto the back of the apple so she will be able to hang it.

Once the chalkboard coat is cured, you need to “prime” the chalkboard.
And to do this, all you need to do is rub a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard.

Wipe it clean and it is ready to use!!

I wanted to add a little something extra to the apple so I had these small chalkboard tags laying around and wrote “welcome” on it.

I then tied it around the stem using green baker’s twine.

And it is done!

 Since I plan on giving this to Miss P’s teacher, I wrapped up two pieces of chalk in a clear bag and tied it with twine as well to give it to her teacher with the apple.

It turned out so cute and I love the result!

I sure hope that her teacher loves it too!!!

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  • Pam Jackson
    August 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Adorable. I had an issue locating chalk a month ago for a photo shoot. Apparently it is going to go the way of Dinasours since schools no longer have chalkboards and don't use it anymore.

  • AllMich
    August 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Such a great idea! I love the idea of the clear chalkboard over the colored paint. Well done! Just pinned 🙂

  • Mandy Beyeler
    August 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    this is such a great idea!!