Chalkboard Party Backdrop

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It’s time for another fun, monthly blog hop–featuring 10 of our favorite creative bloggers! This month’s theme is all things CHALKBOARD, and we just know you’ll have a blast with these projects. We’d love for you to pin our collage below, check out  my Chalkboard Party Backdrop I made below and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of our friends!

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To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop!

1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender
2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags
3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table
4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon Chalkboard
5 • Little Miss Momma sharing a Jumbo Chalkboard Tutorial
6 • Or So She Says sharing a Vintage Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign
7 • Eighteen25 sharing a Super Simple XL Chalkboard
8 • Capturing Joy sharing a Kids Chalkboard Wall Art
9 • Simply Kierste sharing her Chalkboard Binder Labels
10 • Your Homebased Mom sharing a Chalkboard Party Backdrop

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As you know we love parties at our house and I look for excuses to hold parties.

I love finding fun, new and creative ways to decorate for parties and I especially love decor that I can use over and over again for various parties and themes.

I love creating party backdrops. Things I can hang on my walls to create a fun atmosphere. I have shared a couple of party backdrop ideas before.

There was this one I made out of 2 x 1′s and a piece of fabric.

Party Backdrop

And the party backdrop I made out of curtains from Goodwill.

How to Create Your Own Party Backdrop

Today’s Party Backdrop is just as fun and as versatile.  It’s a chalkboard party backdrop!

Chalkboard Backdrop @yourhomebasedmom.com

Can you guess what I made it out of?  It’s an old school retractable map!!

retractable map

Now if you don’t have one of these just laying around your house you can get yourself one on ebay for $30-40.00  That’s where I got mine!  Mine also came with a bonus – two maps!

retractable map

I just cut off the more interesting of the two maps – for a possible future project.  Since I was painting over it I left the less interesting one attached to the roller at the top.  I did remove the metal casing that it comes with because of the weight of it.  It would be easier to hang on the wall with out and I really didn’t need it to retract anymore. I could just roll it up when I wasn’t using it.  I used regular black chalkboard paint to paint it.

chalkboard paint

It took about 3 coats of paint to cover it.  It was then ready to be chalked.  I used regular chalk on it instead of chalk pens because I would be erasing it and regular chalk erases better than chalkpens.

I  had a bridal shower I was hosting and I wanted to use it as the backdrop to our serving table.  I called in a friend to help me with the chalkart.  Hannah is the darling daughter of a friend of mine.  I follow Hannah on instagram and had seen photos of some very fun chalkart she had been doing so I asked if she’d come help me and she so kindly and sweetly obliged.

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Since it was a bridal shower we went with the words from an old Beatles song – All you need is love!

Hannah did such a great job and she just free handed it all – no tracing or lines!

Bridal Shower

It made the perfect backdrop for our bridal tea party and the pretty bride to be!

Bridal Shower

I used Commando hooks and some string to hang it on the wall.

Bridal Shower

I may just leave it hanging in my kitchen for a while I like it so much.  Can’t wait to use it again at our next party.  It would be a fun backdrop for a photo booth too.

Bridal Shower

More details on our bridal tea party on the blog next week!

 

Enjoy!

Leigh Anne

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Comments

  1. 1

    You always had good ideas! It’s looking beautiful.
    Donald @ Tea Time recently posted..Cold Kitty

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    Mique says:

    LOVE how this turned out LA!! SO fabulous.
    Mique recently posted..Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags

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    Cheryl F. says:

    Totally reminds me of TidyMom’s wallpaper.

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    I love this idea, Leigh Anne! I love party backdrops, and this is such a versatile look and BIG! Though I may be slightly sad at covering up the map, glad you got to keep one;)
    capturing joy with kristen duke recently posted..Kids Chalkboard Art Wall~How to turn a textured wall into a smooth wall

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    Landee says:

    Wow! That can now be used for a zillion different things! Love that! It would also be fun to just hang up and let the kids color on for a while sometimes too. Awesome idea!
    Landee recently posted..Hexagon Chalkboard

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    Lolly Jane says:

    Love love love this, LA!!! Gorgeous and clever! Adore it!!
    xo
    Lolly Jane recently posted..Easy DIY chalkboard calendar!

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    Leigh Anne, the tip on the retractable map is one I am storing in my noggin’ for the future! Brilliant! (Pinned it, too.)

    Had fun joining you ladies for the blog hop this round, representing Or So She Says! Happy weekend to you!

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet recently posted..It Was Almost a Craft Fail….

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    Anna N says:

    Thanks LA for sharing this, awesome project. One question, will brown paper work? What’s your map size? I’m thinking of using brown paper, wonder if it’s big and thick enough to be painted w/ chalkboard paint.

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      Leigh Anne says:

      Anna, This was an old classroom retractable map and measures about 68 inches by 50 inches so it is big. It also is heavy fabric like paper. I am not sure if brown paper would work – it might ripple too much from the paint??

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    Tuccy says:

    Would this work on a projector screen instead of a map? The materials are completely different. What do you think?

Trackbacks

  1. […] To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop! 1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender 2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags 3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table 4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon Chalkboard 5 • Little Miss Momma sharing a Jumbo Chalkboard Tutorial 6 • Or So She Says sharing a Vintage Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign 7 • Eighteen25 sharing a Super Simple XL Chalkboard 8 • Capturing Joy sharing a Kids Chalkboard Wall Art 9 • Simply Kierste sharing her Chalkboard Binder Labels 10 • Your Homebased Mom sharing a Chalkboard Party Backdrop […]

  2. […] To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop! 1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender 2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags 3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table 4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon Chalkboard 5 • Little Miss Momma sharing a Jumbo Chalkboard Tutorial 6 • Or So She Says sharing a Vintage Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign 7 • Eighteen25 sharing a Super Simple XL Chalkboard 8 • Capturing Joy sharing a Kids Chalkboard Wall Art 9 • Simply Kierste sharing her Chalkboard Binder Labels 10 • Your Homebased Mom sharing a Chalkboard Party Backdrop […]

  3. […] To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop! These are numbered from the top left corner going across, then the second row. 1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender 2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags 3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table 4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon Chalkboard 5 • Little Miss Momma sharing a Jumbo Chalkboard Tutorial 6 • Or So She Says sharing a Vintage Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign 7 • Eighteen25 sharing a Super Simple XL Chalkboard 8 • Capturing Joy sharing a Kids Chalkboard Wall Art 9 • Simply Kierste sharing her Chalkboard Binder Labels 10 • Your Homebased Mom sharing a Chalkboard Party Backdrop […]

  4. […] To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop! 1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender 2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags 3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table 4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon Chalkboard 5 • Little Miss Momma sharing a Jumbo Chalkboard Tutorial 6 • Or So She Says sharing a Vintage Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign 7 • Eighteen25 sharing a Super Simple XL Chalkboard 8 • Capturing Joy sharing a Kids Chalkboard Wall Art 9 • Simply Kierste sharing her Chalkboard Binder Labels 10 • Your Homebased Mom sharing a Chalkboard Party Backdrop […]

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