Thursday, August 15, 2013

Altered Chalkboard Easels

It's Back-to-School time! At least in my school district, school actually started here on August 7th. Whoa! Even I felt sorry for the kids and their short summer break LOL.

Although I no longer have a child in school or college, I do have a school age grandniece (Destiny) and nephew (Jayden), so I made these for them. I found these cute little easels at Hobby Lobby, along with the wooden initial letters and people shapes.

I painted the easels a bright red (nothing says back-to-school like the color red), then I added a little masking and stamping using some white distress stain to the chalkboard. After I covered the wood letters using pages from the D's and J's of an old dictionary, I inked the top of each letter with distress ink and adhered them to the easels. I also placed a polaroid frame for that "must have" first day of school photo. I finished by adding varies school embellishments to both of them.

The back side of the chalkboard is a dry eraser board; I just left it blank so that they can write or in Jayden's case draw their own thoughts about their first day at a new school.

Altered Easels by Tena Ellison.  Supplies - Easels, Wooden Letters & Shapes: Hobby Lobby, Patterned Paper:
Little Yellow Bicycle; Polaroid Frames: Recollections(Michaels); School Embellishments: Jolee's, Recollections, Cricut
and Graphically Speaking Cartridge; Distress Ink & Stain: Tim Holtz; Punch: EK Success; Stamp: Studio G; Acrylic paint,
misc ribbon.  

This was a fun project to make and I'm happy with the results. I would love to hear about some of your creative Back-to-school projects...and remember to take that important first day of school photo!

Happy creating!


  1. Very nice. This really cute and a fun idea. Great photos!

  2. Tena I love this!!! Now I need to know where exactly did you find these items in Hobby Lobby. School doesn't start in NYC until after Labor Day, so I have time to make.

    1. Lisa, they were in the area where all the wooden letters & shapes are but the store actually had an isle display of them and other chalkboard hanging shapes. They came in 3 different sizes, there was one larger and one smaller than the one I picked. If you can't find them let me know. Thanks for the comments too!

  3. Nice project, love it! This would make a perfect gift.

  4. awesome and very know everybody's gonna copy- had to PIN this :):)

  5. Theses are awesome, I am preschool teacher who might make these for Christmas or end of school year gifts. Thank you monica

  6. Very cute! Love the red and that yellow ruler ribbon!

  7. I Absolutely LOVE them Tena! A+wesome projects!!!

  8. So creative! I know your niece and nephew will treasure them!



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