I was recently wandering through the craft section of Walmart even though I was actually there to get pizza rolls. I’m sure some of y’all can relate. I go in Walmart for one thing and end up leaving with a cart full of stuff! Anyways, I was wandering through the craft section and I saw these super cute unfinished wooden mason jar cut outs. I’m sure if you are an avid Walmart craft section wanderer you’ve seen them as well.
My wheels started turning, and I saw a really cute chalk board/ message board/ grocery list refrigerator magnet in my mind! It was really easy to make! The longest part of the process was watching the paint dry. You could always use your hair dryer to help you along with that part!
Here’s what I used for the project.
- 1 unfinished mason jar cut out
- chalkboard paint
- Apple barrel craft paint (Brown, White, and Teal)
- Paint Brush, and Sponge Brush
- Jute, or Ribbon
- Popsicle Sticks
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Lavender Stems from the craft section of Walmart (or any flower you want)
- Wire snips to cut the stems.
- Sanding Block
I had most of everything on the list already except for the mason jar, magnets, and the chalkboard paint. If you don’t have these things you can buy all of it or most of it at Walmart, but SEARCH around for the best deals. A lot of the stuff on the list you can reuse for MANY projects.
Here’s what I did.
Step 1: I painted the inside of the mason jar with chalk board paint using a small sponge brush. A generous, not thick, but not too thin coat is plenty. I then painted the outside edge with teal apple barrel paint. I painted the raised line brown, and added a little white on top to give it the distressed look. After the paint dried I used a sanding block to rough it up a little bit.
Step 2: I tied the ribbon around the neck of the jar to give it a cute little detail. Then I flipped it over and glued my lavender stems to the back/top of the mason jar.
Step 3: This next part is very important. The flowers make the mason jar push away from the fridge surface. For that reason you need pretty strong magnets, and you need to build at least an inch of clearance on the back for the magnets. I used popsicle sticks to do this because thats what I had. Use what you have!! I didn’t love the magnets I purchased because they aren’t super strong. It definitely saves some headache to buy stronger magnets!!
I found these magnets on amazon and think they would work better for future magnetic projects!
The result was this adorable chalk board for the fridge! Y’all I love it more than I thought I would. It would be great for any farmhouse kitchen, or as a gift for someone who loves the farmhouse style! I made mine for under $5 which makes it EVEN BETTER!!! If you make one send us a picture! we’d love to see it!!
Happy Crafting ~ Lizzy
If you are more of a visual person, you can watch me make this guy live on facebook, here. As always, make sure you are following us on social media to stay up to date with all of our painting, crafting, diy, and home decorating tips and tricks!!