How-to: Upcycled Chalkboard Blocks out of Regular Building Blocks

paint the building blocks with primerIn my opinion, the real trick to these building blocks is to choose a wide variety of blocks. In our house, we have a ridiculous number of building blocks, entirely thrifted, hand-made, or bought as unfinished scrap, so we chose our set from our stash. If you don’t have a large enough stash of blocks to be able to sacrifice several for chalkboard blocks, then I highly recommend checking out a lumber yard for scraps or a company that makes wooden blocks, like Barclay Blocks–I’ve twice purchased sets of their free(ish) unfinished scrap blocks, and been really pleased with what I received each time.

Whether or not the blocks that you’ve chosen are already painted or varnished, or are left unfinished, first give them a look-over, making sure that they’re clean and dry and any sharp edges are sanded down, then paint them all over with primer.

Next >> Keep it Dry!

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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