Chalk it up: Fun with blackboard paper


There’s something about chalkboards that people just love. Maybe it’s the nostalgia — if it’s possible to be nostalgic about seeing the words “pop quiz today” written in chalk. 

One big decorating trend that doesn’t seem to be going away is chalkboard walls, which I’m not a big fan of because the chalk dust gets everywhere. But the black write-on/wipe-off surface can be a lot of fun in small doses, especially when transforming otherwise plain home décor items. 

Creating chalkboard objects is really easy-peasy thanks to chalkboard adhesive contact paper. It comes in rolls, and you can buy them at many big-box stores or online retailers, such as Amazon. Just peel the contact paper from its protective backing, apply it to whatever surface you’d like, and — voila! — instant chalkboard. 

Here are a few ways to use the contact paper. Get a roll yourself, and see what you can turn into a chalkboard. (And don’t worry, there will be no pop quiz.)

Flower vase

Picture frame

Organization tools

Gift wrapping

Cards and stationery

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