If you have half an hour you can make this simple and rustic Thankful Chalkboard for your home!
Last week, after a particularly tiring day with my toddler, I slumped down into the couch after putting him to bed and drifted in and out of sleep. Lately he’s been a bit of a handful, we’re full-swing in the attachment to mommy phase and it is exhausting. Some days it takes all that I have to get to nap time, and I’m very guilty of complaining about how hard it is and how much of a toll it takes on me emotionally. But three years ago I would’ve given anything for moments like those when we were having a hard time getting pregnant.
After realizing that , I knew that I wanted to make something for our home that will help me remember all the things I’ve been blessed with when I look at it. Which is how I came up with this Thankful Chalkboard sign to share with y’all. It’s the perfect reminder of how thankful I am for the little boy whom I love fiercely, while also wishing he’d get attached to his Daddy every once in a while.
Being a parent is tough, I don’t think anyone could’ve prepared me for all the emotions you go through on a daily basis or what we were in for with our little guy. Our road has been more different than most, with a hydrocephalus diagnosis at our 20 week ultrasound and a lot of uncertanty during a very difficult pregnancy. When he was born things were very up in the air, but he has surprised us every single day since then. There have been very high highs and extremely low lows with him, but overall he is a miracle and we are very blessed to be his parents.
On the difficult days though, when theraphy seems endless and the doctors appointments are numerous, it’s hard to count my blessings. But we are blessed. He is thriving and surprising all of his doctors. Especially the one who told us in the NICU that he would have a very poor quality of life. Thank goodness he was wrong! Our child, once he learns to support his head, will catch up with his peers and thrive. We are so thankful, so grateful, and so blessed.
This Thankful Chalkboard is the perfect reminder for all of that. It really is so simple to make and, if you’re like me and don’t decorate for Thanksgiving, is a fun way to bring a bit of holiday decor into your home.
To Make Your Own Thankful Chalkboard you’ll need:
- Piece of birch wood (found at Michaels)
- Chalk Paint
- Chalk Pens
- Paint Brushes
- Silhouette Cameo
- Silhouette Stencil Paper
- Transfer Paper
- First paint your wood with chalk paint. I used a small brush around the edges and a larger foam brush for the greater surface area. Let the paint dry.
- Once the chalk paint is dry, take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the paint. This primes the chalkboard so that you can write on it.
- Cut out your design out onto your stencil paper. Once it’s cut place a piece of transfer paper on top of it and lift up the design. Then place the transfer paper onto your chalkboard.
- Next, slowly lift up the transfer paper while making sure your design has adhered to the chalkboard. Then, using your chalkboard, fill in each letter until you’re satisfied with the coverage. Once you’re done, lift up the stencil and put it to the side.
- For the “laurel wreaths” on the top and bottom of my chalkboard, I drew them myself. I’m not the best at that (obviously, ha!) but I do like the touch homemade touch it gives the entire project! The “leaves” are just tiny hearts, super easy to do if you want to give it a go yourself!
This year I am really going to focus on giving thanks for all that we have. Because we truly have so much to be thankful for. It’s so easy to get sidetracked and forget to count the blessings that we receive every day, so I am excited to have this constant reminder in our home!
Happy Thanksgiving friends! Be happy, be blessed.
What would you put on your own Give Thanks chalkboard?
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