My daughter Ellie and I made this giant blackboard wall in her room this weekend. It was so much fun and came out better than I expected:
Here is how we did it.
First, I decided to do peel and stick tiles instead of paint. You could grid it all out, tape off the lines, and paint the blackboard paint and it would be more economical. But I decided I wasn’t talented enough for that, and ordered 42 tiles (12″ peel and stick blackboard tiles, here). They are a very good product, stick easily and lay flat, and can be easily removed and reapplied without tearing. My one complaint, and it is a substantial one, is that they weren’t cut precisely. So, they were approximately 12″x12″, but that 1/8-1/4″ of an inch makes a big difference when you’re making a grid. I didn’t cut any, but had to work with placement a little to make it look good. If you look really closely, you can see that some are slightly smaller than others, but I think it ended up being ok.
We started by measuring out and marking the lines:
It was sometimes confusing:
But I am so proud of Ellie for her hard work and that she was really invested in the project:
The letters are 8″ white pre-painted letters from Michaels, and we attached them with Velcro tabs:
And that’s it! The lining it up was time consuming but not particularly difficult.
Well worth it….she loves it, and is writing her September school schedule on it already 🙂