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Entrance Extraordinaire

Be memorable. Create a chalkboard to greet guests with a note to celebrate the seasons and special milestones.

Be memorable. Create a chalkboard to greet guests with a note to celebrate the seasons and special milestones.

Designer Tip
Beauti-Tone makes fantastic chalkboard paint for less cost - and it's available in thousands of colours. Two coats are recommended for best results.

• Beauti-Tone Chalkboard paint 1824-110/11/12/13
• Chalkboard colour shown: Chambray Blue CH38-4
• yellow Adirondack chair 6411-393

Entrance Extraordinaire


Frame and chalkboard

Chalkboard shown measures 24" x 48" (not including frame)

What you'll need
Tools

Materials
Frame:
  • 2" x 4" 8/4 pine (14')

Chalkboard:

Here's How
Frame:

  • Cut channels 1/4" deep x 1/2" wide in the pine (to hold plywood).
  • Router 3 edges with 1/2" bit.
  • Mitre corners to fit desired size of blackboard.
  • Paint or stain frame as desired.
  • Attach turn buttons to frame.

Chalkboard:

  • Cut plywood to fit frame. Sand and remove dust before painting.
  • Apply two coats of Chalkboard paint, sanding between each coat.


Note: Sanding plywood is required for a smooth finish. If you are hanging the chalkboard inside, Masonite can be used and no sanding is required.


Scarecrow

Create a straw creature for your garden that is functional and fun! A scary-easy project the whole family can enjoy.

What You'll Need
Materials

Here's HowDownload instructions

  • For the body, make wire form as shown in diagram. Secure joints with duct tape.
  • For the head, turn compost bag inside out so the writing on the bag doesn't show. Stuff with wax paper or other weather-resistant material to desired size and shape.
  • Cut a piece of burlap large enough to cover the head smoothly.
  • Attach head at neck with rope and duct tape.
  • Build body by wrapping arms, legs, and trunk with straw. Secure straw in place by wrapping with burlap strips and/or jute rope.
  • Dress scarecrow as desired. The wire body allows you to pose him, or place on a stand in the garden.