artsy-fartsy mama: DIY Chalkboard Heads

DIY Chalkboard Heads

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I'm so excited to announce that I'm a part of the 2014 Make It: Fun Team with FloraCraft! Each month, I will be creating something with FloraCraft supplies to share with you. This month's theme was foam heads. When the box arrived in the mail, I was honestly stumped at what I was going to make, but my daughter thought they were the coolest things ever!! Turning them into chalkboard heads was the perfect solution to keep my daughter happy and entertained with her new "friends"!

DIY Chalkboard Heads at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFun

To make these fun chalkboard heads, you'll of course needs some FloraCraft® Foam Heads, and some chalkboard paint. You can use liquid chalkboard paint or spray paint. Though keep in mind if you use spray paint to spray each coat lightly and to spray about 15-18 inches away to prevent the heads from melting.

DIY Chalkboard Heads at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFun

I poured the chalkboard paint into a small tray and painted light coats with a sponge brush. They look quite creepy...and I don't know about you, but this look is inspiring me for some Halloween crafting!! Anyway, I just wanted to show you how it might look like a craft fail as you first get started, but each coat makes a world of difference. You can see the difference between one and two coats on the female foam head.

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I ended up painting about five or six coats of chalkboard paint on each foam head. Be sure to let each coat dry completely before adding another. Let the heads dry overnight before using.

DIY Chalkboard Heads at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFun

Once the head is completely dry and no longer tacky, it's time to play! We decided to use chalk markers instead of regular chalk because I would think the regular chalk would dent the head as you draw. I didn't try it though, so it may not be a problem. If you decide to use regular chalk, be sure to "season" the head by rubbing chalk on it, then wipe it off.

DIY Chalkboard Heads at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFun

We had so much fun drawing on our chalkboard heads! Simply draw with your markers, and use a damp cloth or baby wipe when it's time to clean it off and start over.

A little word of advice: different brands of markers may work better than others. The Bistro Chalk Markers cleaned off great, while the Pentel brand (the blue) did not come off so easily. I highly recommend testing a small area of the head with the marker before coloring the whole head to make sure the head will come clean.

DIY Chalkboard Heads at artsyfartsymama.com #MakeItFun

My daughter loved playing with these foam heads, and I'll admit I had some fun, too!! If you want to make some for yourself, they would also make for a great place to jot down notes and reminders!

Visit FloraCraft on Pinterest and Facebook for inspiration and to see what the rest of the Make It: Fun Team created with their foam heads.


7 comments:

  1. I have no idea if my comment went through but I absolutely love this idea. It would create lots of hours of fun creative play :)

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  2. What a fun idea! I would have never thought to paint the heads with Chalkboard Paint. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  3. Lindsay, this is so clever! This is a fun take on the old "make up head" toys for girls.....genius!

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  4. What a fun idea!! I wondered how you kept the styro intact, that's good to know that it can be done! Love it!!

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  5. My kids would LOVE this! What fun they could have!

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