Summer is coming to a close and school days are fast approaching. If you’re like me, you have to snap some photos of the kiddies every year to document their new grade. We homeschool, so I always try to take photos every year, and even throughout the school year, to document school days. There are so many fun ways you can display your Back to School photos and I have a tutorial to share with you for a Chalkboard Photo Tray.
This is a great way to display multiple photos, if you have more than one child to document, or if you take multiple photos of an only child. ere’s how I created the tray.
Step 1: Gather your supplies: Wood Tray (available at local craft store), Pink Paislee collection (I used a mix of Memorandum & C’est La Vie), Chalkboard Paint, Foam Brush, Chalk
Step 2: If your tray includes clips, remove them and put them to the side. Pour your chalkboard paint on a paper plate and begin painting the tray. Add your first coat of paint in a vertical direction and allow to dry for 1 hour before adding a second coat.
Step 3: Add your second coat of paint, this time painting in a horizontal direction. I painted over the string on my tray, but you could lift them up and paint under them, if you want them to remain white. Allow your paint to dry 24 hours before the next step.
Step 4: After your paint has dried for 24 hours, you can lightly rub chalk over the surface to condition it. Then you can wipe away the chalk with a cloth or paper towel.
Step 5: I wanted a dusty, chalky look to the tray so I didn’t wipe away all of the chalk. You could add a clear coat sealant to your board, to seal the chalk. I left mine unsealed, in case I wanted to change things up in the future. After you have your chalk look completed, you can start adding your Pink Paislee collection with the clips. If you don’t want to use the provided clips, you could substitute small clothespins and decorate them with patterned paper.
Step 6: Get your photos ready to add to the tray. I used a mix of patterned papers from the Memorandum 6×6 paper pad to layer behind my photos. For a finishing back to school look, I used a notebook punch along the edge of each photo before clipping it on the tray.
Step 7: Complete your tray with a few finishing embellishments, such as puffy stickers and cork hearts.
If you’re looking for ideas for displaying current Back to School photos or photos from previous school years, I hope you’ve found some inspiration from today’s tutorial!