This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in December 2013.
Add a personal touch to any party by using chalkboard paint to create everything from customizable placemats to wine glass tags and so much more. Here are some fun ideas to run with (add to our list by telling us your other creative ideas in the comments):
Create a custom chalkboard paint flag banner.
With heavy card stock cut into flag-shaped banners, I used a ribbon to string this banner together and send a welcoming message to party-goers. When the holiday passes, erase the memo and make a mental note to repurpose it for future occasions.
Let your guests flag their glasses with customizable wine glass labels.
Simple purpose, simple project. Create a bunch of tags using heavy card stock that will slip around the stem of your party glasses, and let your guests label their drink when they are served to eliminate glass confusion.
Make the menu.
Paint over a large piece of plywood, cardboard, or card stock, and frame it to make an instant chalkboard menu for dinner or drinks.
Make chalkboard placemats.
Chalkboard placemats lend to a creative tablescape, and can be made easily using 11″ x 17″ pieces of paper, or following a no-sew tutorial to create fabric placemats. Label them as you wish, using them for seating charts or just a cheery message. You can even set the place setting with a piece of chalk to let your guests add their own creative touch.