Nicole Crafts Travel Felt Board & Magnetic ChalkboardBack to category
Nicole Crafts Travel Felt Board & Magnetic Chalkboard
Have activities -- will travel! Those long road trips won't seem so daunting when you and your kids come up with fun ways to pass the time. Before you head out, decorate a wooden box and create some toys with felt so it can serve as an impromptu stage for a small-scale play. This project also shows you how to create a magnetic chalkboard and spell out names of relatives, places you've seen on your travels or objects you see from the car. No more are we there yets -- hear the sweet sounds of laughter from the back seat instead!
- Level:ages 10 + up
- Time:2 hours + drying time
1Download and print project template before starting. For now, put aside the ones that read Magnetic Chalkboard across the top.
2Felt Board: Cut out the shapes from the template. Trace them onto felt in the colors and quantities specified with pencil and then cut out. To make the grass, cut a 3-1/2 inch x 12 inch piece of Emerald Green felt. Cut points on one of the long sides. Use tacky glue to adhere the various pieces together needed to create flowers, ladybugs and butterflies. Don't forget to add the wiggle eyes! (You can also create your own felt shapes.) Place the wood box on your work surface so that the hollow side can't be seen. Cover the top and sides of the box with the 36 inch x 36 inch piece of Sky Blue felt (do not cover the hollow side). Glue the felt down with Quick Grip, then trim the excess felt off.
3Magnetic Chalkboard: Use foam brush to paint the wood box with the magnetic primer and let dry. Test to see if the primer's working with a tiny piece of the magnetic sheet. If the piece sticks, move on! Once the surface is magnetic, clean and dry your foam brush. Apply chalkboard paint to the primed surface and let dry. Add a second coat of chalkboard paint, if needed, to ensure complete coverage. Now you are ready to use the Magnetic Chalkboard parts of the template. Use the scissors to cut the letters, numbers and symbols out, then trace them onto the magnetic sheet. Color them in with the paint markers. When the markers have dried, cut the letters, numbers and symbols out. (You can also create other shapes with the magnetic sheet.)
4Never misplace those tiny pieces! Make a storage area for them that's within the box! For each box you want to create a storage area for, cut a scalloped edge on the long side of a 9 inch x 11 inch piece of felt. Fold the scalloped edge over about 1-1/2 inch towards the straight edge of the felt. Use the Quick Grip to glue the piece into place in the hollow part of the box, trimming excess felt if needed.