Saturday, January 05, 2013

Chalkboard Cake

Well hello there 2013!

Long time no see!

I thought I'd start off the new year easy....with an old post!

I made this project last spring as a birthday gift for Layla's 4th birthday. I thought she would enjoy playing cake decorator! I first saw it here at this website from  a pin from Pinterest.

I found the hatboxes at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. It took a little while to find the sizes I wanted because there wasn't a huge selection at either store. 

I used E-6000 glue because it is strong, but can wiped away. It also gives a little more time than hot glue. Hot glue would be hard to wipe away from around the edges. Also, I had E-6000 glue. I'm sure another glue would work well too!

After I glued the pieces together, I let it dry (probably not long enough though, be more patient than me!). Next I spray painted the whole thing with primer to help the chalkboard paint stick to the hat boxes better.

After that, I forgot to keep taking pictures. I think because my nice and nephew came over and caught me spray painting the grass with chalkboard paint. I was doing it behind the house so Adam wouldn't notice since I couldn't find my tarp. I sprayed the whole thing with 3 coats just to be safe. 

After it was all dry, I brought it inside and primed it with chalk. Priming chalkboard includes rubbing a piece of chalk on its side in all different directions (vertical, horizontal, diagonal both ways). Then I wiped it all off and decorated it for the first time for her! After I did this project, I read that you can wipe it off with a damp cloth, and then a dry cloth.

In with the birthday gift, I included a children's book about cake decorating, cupcake rings, and a spatula from The Dollar Tree. 

P.S. I hate my handwriting. I'm proud of the chalkboard cake. NOT proud of my decorating job. I'm sure Layla's work was much prettier!