Wednesday, November 10, 2010

pretend and play restaurant set: today's special board

Alright . . . humor me . . . I'm almost done with this set.  I promise!
If you are new here, check out the other pieces of the restaurant set:
chef's hat, apron, oven mitts/pot holders, waitress/waiter apron, ordering pad.

Restaurant Play Set: A Today's Special Board

Another VERY simple project . . . here's what you need:
~a canvas or any surface that can be painted (In my supply closet I had a 10 x 10 painter's canvas stretched over a wood frame.  It worked perfectly!)
~chalkboard paint
~ribbon for hanging and Gorilla Glue or hot glue
~fabric matching the rest of your set
~cardstock or poster board

Here's what you do:
1)  Paint your canvas (or surface of choice) with three coats of chalkboard paint.  Letting each coat dry for at least an hour in between.  After the last coat, let it sit for 24 hours.  Trust me . . . this is important and also VERY had for impatient people like me! 

2)  After 24 hours, rub chalk all over the chalkboard surface.  Then wipe completely clean . . . your surface will look a tad bit cloudy which is exactly what you want.

3)  Measure the amount of ribbon you want for hanging, cut, and glue each end to the opposites edges on the wrong side of you chalkboard.  (I seem to use Gorilla glue for everything now because it's really strong and I don't have to heat up my glue gun . . . have I mentioned that I'm lazy?)

4)  Use your fabric to make some simple embellishments.  I cut out a few simple graphics from the fabric.  Mod Podge fabric cutouts onto cardstock.  Cut out again.  This give firm shape to your fabric. 

5)  Paste fabric shapes onto front of chalkboard.

Write "The Special of the Day" on the board.  Done!  Wow!  That was easy!

Craft on!

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chris said...

I think this might be my favorite detail for this set. My daughter loves it too.

Unknown said...

I love the detail you put into your pretend and play sets! I would never have thought of having a fun board like this, but I'm sure your girls love it! And did you know that you can make your own chalkboard paint? I saw the recipe here on the Idea Room and since then, I'm very excited about all the chalkboard paint projects since I don't have to fork over the cash for the actual chalkboard paint. :)

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

This is a great addition!! What's a cool restaurant without a cool menu board? ;)
I love the litle squares at the bottom. So cute!

Megan {The Brick Bungalow} said...

That's great! My parents are building my daughter a play set for Christmas so I thought about doing some of the accessories! Thanks for sharing! :)

Jill said...

I have just a plain canvas (not over frame or anything).. very generic from WalMart. 3 pk for 9 bucks or something. Would that work?I wanted to make her a chalkboard for Chrismtas, but didn't know how, this seems like it might work? someone said we could just use scrap wood, but this, since we have a canvas, already, seems like it might be a more 'inside' friendly thing. What do you think? Will cheap WalMArt type canvas (unstretched) work?

jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I for one love this set! You could continue for weeks, and I don't think I'd get sick of it. Everything is super cute! Love that you used a canvas for this project.

Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet Home said...

What an adorable idea. I love your site!! I think next year I might try to make all of my kids Christmas gifts. Wish I would have thought of it this year. Following from Friday Favorites.

Katie said...

That is adorable and the fabric embellishments make it really cute! This is one amazing gift set! I also co-host a linky party on Thursday and we'd love for you to join us sometime!

Unknown said...

What an awesome idea! I love this and I know my kids would too.

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

So cute!

Try chalkboard will become addicted!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I agree with Gwen, this set is delightful! But I have to giggle that when I saw the thumbnail on Sew Much Ado, I totally guessed it was you! Love it!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a great idea. My grandchildren would love this. Thanks for the instructions. ~~Sherry~~

Lisa at Paint in my Hair said...

great idea! I just recently made aprons for my daughters and this would be a great addition to the set.

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