Feb 24, 2014 - Crafts, YW Camp    24 Comments

$1 Camp Craft {Magnetic Chalkboard Message Center}

This is a really fun easy AND inexpensive craft!  A Magnetic Chalkboard Message Center.  We did these at girls camp last year and they turned out really cute.  The supplies are inexpensive and you probably already have most of them on hand.


  • craft paint
  • Valspar (Lowes) chalkboard paint
  • ribbon
  • sponge brushes
  • chalk
  • magnets
  • electric range covers (Dollar Store)

Girls Camp Magnetic Chalk Message Board

 I searched all over for a good deal on chalkboard paint and I found it at Lowe’s.  I bought the quart size and chose black.  It runs around $14 and could make at least 50 of these chalk boards.Valspar Chalkboard Paint from Lowes

 I found these beautiful electric burner covers at the Dollar Tree.  The great thing about these burner covers is that they are magnetic!  2 pack Electric Burner Covers from the Dollar Store

They come in a two pack.  One is 8″ and the other is 10″.  The demo for this post is the smaller 8″.  The girls in our group really didn’t care which size they got.  I laid down a piece of wood and drilled two small holes at about 10 and 2 o’clock (it doesn’t matter if they line up with the picture since it will be painted over, 10 and 2 are just for spacing purposes). Drill Two Holes in the sides of the Burner Covers

 I searched for adorable fun ribbons and had the best luck at Hobby Lobby.  Often they are on sale for 40% so watch for sales.  I pre-cut one yard (3 feet) for each board.Bright Fun Ribbon from Hobby Lobby

 At camp I had each girl start by painting the center black with the chalkboard paint.  The hardest part is getting the black to be smooth, I just softly swirled the foam brush in large circles.  To create a great border, we followed the lines from the design printed on the tins with the black chalk paint.  It dried in a few minutes.  Then we filled the border with a solid turquoise and added a few dots around.   After the paint dried we fished the ribbon through the holes and tied a knot on the back side.  I also tied a knot in the top so the ribbon would always show the decorative design.YW Camp Craft Magnetic Chalkboard Message Center

 Didn’t these turn out adorable?  And for soooo cheap!  I think they cost about $1 each.  Perfect for a big group of girls at camp.

DIY Mini Magnetic Chalkboard

 We didn’t have time to decorate magnets at camp, but this one just has a bright circle of scrapbook paper glued to it with a glue stick.Easy and Inexpensive Girls Camp Craft

 To make clean up a breeze, we used disposable bowls and plates for the paint and threw away the foam brushes.  Each girl was given a few pieces of chalk and they hung them above their sleeping spots.  Then they could write notes to each other and reminders about what was coming up the next day.

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