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How to Make a Tree Slice Chalkboard

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This DIY wood slice chalkboard is simple to make and perfect for weddings, parties, or even just around the house! Here’s how we made it in three steps.

  1. PREPARE: Always work in a well ventilated area and cover your surroundings with a drop cloth to protect them from paint spray. Tape off the area of the slice that you want to paint and mask off the remaining areas to protect them from overspray. To get a perfect circle, consider using a round stencil.
  2. PAINT: Shake your can of Chalkboard spray paint for one minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Hold the can 12-16" from the tree slice and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Apply several light coats a few minutes apart.
  3. FINISH: Let the paint dry completely for at least 24 hours. Once it's dry, condition the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire area and wiping it clean with a dry cloth or chalkboard eraser.

Now that your wood slice chalkboard is completely cured & conditioned, it’s time to get creative! For more information on applying Chalkboard spray paint, check out the video below.