This year for Thanksgiving, I set up a Thanksgiving Side Table/Bar to give myself some extra room to put out drinks and extra plates. On the side table, I set up a DIY Chalboard Menu that featured all my Thanksgiving dishes. This is a fun holiday DIY and it adds something special to your Thanksgiving decor. Learn how to make your own here.
- chalkboard (learn how to make one below)
- chalk, white and colored
- turkey printable, printed out (optional)
- glass of water
- cotton swaps or a tiny paint brush
- wet rag
Step 1: (optional): If you don't have a chalkboard handy, make one yourself. I made mine by simply spray-painting black chalkboard paint over an $8 framed oil painting from local thrift store.
Step 1 Tip: Use painters tape to mask the frame before spraying 2 to 3 light coats of chalkboard paint. Let each coat dry completely before applying another coat. Repeat until the painting is covered.
Step 2: (optional) If you really want the chalk on your board to stand out, wet the board first with a damp rag. rag. (Keep in mind that when drawing on a wet board, the chalk will look faint, but once dry, it will be nice and bright.)
Step 3: (optional) If using a print-out of a turkey for your design, lay it face down on a work surface and rub the entire back with the side of a piece of chalk. Make sure to cover it well.
Step 3 Tip: If you'd like an alternative to a turkey drawing, get the kids involved in this craft! Give your children a copy of the menu and some chalk and let them create a Thanksgiving masterpiece—this may become a yearly tradition!
Step 4: (optional) Place the drawing chalk-side down on your chalkboard where you want the turkey. Trace over the turkey with a pencil. When you are done tracing, remove the drawing to reveal the outline of the turkey on the chalkboard. Go over all the lines to darken them.
Step 5: Write in your Thanksgiving Menu. If you wet your chlakboard earlier, you can now use a hair blow dryer to speed up the drying process, or simply leave it to dry. To remove any chalk smudges or mistakes use a wet rag, cotton swab, or paint brush.
Step 6: Display your Thanksigiving Chalkboard Menu! You can display it on a Thanksgiving Side Table or elsewhere. If you don't have wall space to allow the ckalboard to lean, use an easel or temporarily remove a piece already hanging on the wall and replace it for the day with the chalkboard.