Chalkboard graffiti for a fun photo backdrop

Last Saturday while I was inside decorating for the butterfly party, Kyle was out in the garage chalkin’ up the giant chalkboard for a fun backdrop for the girls. This giant chalkboard has now become our new favorite photo backdrop. Major props go out to Kyle…didn’t he make it cute?! Seriously…not every Dad would want to spend a big chunk of his Saturday in a freezing garage with a giant chalkboard (I’m a lucky girl).

This giant chalkboard came about when I started selling the mini speech bubble chalkboards. We had two big (8ft x 4ft) uncut MDF boards in our garage just waiting to be cut if they were needed, and I decided to paint one of them with black chalkboard paint. The other one I painted to look like a giant piece of lined paper…you can see it used here at Aiden’s Train birthday party this last summer.

We keep both of these giant boards in the garage most all the time, but it has been fun to use them when we can. So far the giant chalkboard has been used for a Halloween treat table, our Christmas card for 2011 and now for a birthday. I’ve always loved the idea of having a giant chalkboard wall in our home, so for now, this works for that only better, because it’s mobile!

The idea for the chalkboard graffiti came about from when I attended Spark #2 in September of 2010. They had graffiti all over the outside of the building, and I loved it!

So next time you are at Home Depot or Lowes, pick up a giant MDF board and turn it into a giant chalkboard, you’ll be surprised at how many different ways you’ll use it. …and while you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up a bunch of sidewalk chalk.

*Thank you to so many of you who commented yesterday with support to my letter to Afton. It’s really hard to know what to share in this space, I have debated on what to share and what not to share. Although I won’t always be so personal on this blog, I’m thankful to those who understand that even if I keep this blog going with DIY projects, recipes and crafts like I have for the last few years, also understand that it doesn’t mean that I am completely back to normal as I make my way through losing Afton. …and that it’s normal to not be back to normal.

This blog will always be a reflection of where I am in my life, and to move forward not talking about her wouldn’t be true to where I’m at right now.

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  1. Heather says

    How fun! And the butterfly party looked absolutely darling! I just want to say thank you for sharing what you do. I love being able to see all the facets of your life. This is your blog and no one should ever have any influence on what you want to put down on these pages. Please do not let clueless, weird people get in the way of you sharing what is in your heart. Never let anyone feel like you can’t talk about her, you absolutely should. She is your daughter! People are crazy. Your words are so beautiful and can teach so many. Please keep going. Thinking of you.

  2. Camille says

    As I read Afton’s story today, I was in tears. She is surely someone very, very special and although I don’t know you and you don’t know me, I can just feel the goodness of this little person you brought to earth. You are so right about her being too good for this world. I have often thought that about those that are taken young. Thank you for sharing both your heart and your talent. It is not easy to do either one, but I, for one, appreciate that you are willing to. You and your family will certainly be in my prayers.

  3. Heidi Bigler M. says

    Very cute and clever party! Love the colorful chalkboard!!! :) Looks like Avery had a wonderful time with friends. You are one awesome mommy!

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