Blackboard sign

Made exclusively for Cuddly Buddly, the sign board is covered with blackboard paint and decorated with sea themed embellishments. The shells and the starfish are made of light clay and kept in the natural white colour of it. Burlap, raffia, little glass bottles and natural shells are also used. Words are written with white dried pastel.

Find step by step instructions below or visit the Cuddly Buddly Blog for this and other projects.

All materials mentioned below

MDF Sign Board – Hanging Large #087

FIMO Multi Use Moulds – Sea Shells

Fimo Light Air-Dry Clay – White 125g

Knorr Prandell Natural Raffia – Natural

Knorr Prandell Natural Jute Hessian Fabric – 0.5 X 1m

DecoArt Americana® Chalkboard Paint – Black Slate DS90 59ml

Tsukineko Memento Luxe Ink Pad – Peanut Brittle

20 Strung Card Tags – Natural Brown

Knorr Prandell Jute Twine – 3.5mm Natural #973

Pronty Stencil A5 – Marine Life #6022

DecoArt Americana® Acrylic Paint – Snow (Titanium) White DA01

Knorr Prandell Mini Wooden Pegs – 10pcs 25mm x 7mm

Darice Charm Bottles – 2pcs 22mm #1956-44

Knorr Prandell Glass Potion Bottle with Cork Stopper – 1pc 15ml

Viva Decor My Paper World Stencils – Lowercase Alphabet & Numbers

Marianne Design Brads – Crystal White & Off White JU0923

Knorr Prandell Sponge Dauber Brush – 30mm

Sponge Foam Brush 25mm – 1″

DecoArt Painter’s Masking Tape




Hot glue gun


Dried pastel


Fill the sea shells mould with light air dry clay and set them aside until they are completely dry. It is suggested to do that at least one day before using them so they are ready for the project.


Measure and mark 4 centimeters from every side of the mdf board. Set the masking along the marks creating a rectangular. Paint around the rectangular shape with white paint. As no primer is used, it needs more than one coats



When the white paint is completely dried, remove the masking tape and place it on the white now area to protected from the black paint on the following step.


Paint now the rest of the board with the black chalkboard paint. Two coats of paint are needed according to the instructions. Remove the masking tape.


Use a sponge foam brush to make light shades of the brown ink on the white border.


Cut a 30 x 60 piece of the hessian fabric. Fold and tie with some twine the one side. Using the hot glue gun, set the fabric on the board left side. Make a few plies to place the embellishments.


Use the stencil and the white paint to decorate 2 tags (one large, one small).


Glue some twine around the chalkboard paint.


Cut a small piece of white paper, roll it and place it in the small bottles. You can do the same with the big or fill it with small natural shells or sand.


Place, first the raffia, the twine and then follow with the rest of the embellishments. The charm bottles are set with a brad on the tags. USe some natural shells or small pebbles to decorate further.


Use the letter stencil and a chalk to write your message on the board. To adjust the letters, you can draw a line with a pencil.



Leave a Reply