Wow, it’s hard to come up with a project for Father’s Day that is cheap and 9 year old boys can make, but I finally came up with something. I already had the chalkboard paint and chalk so the only cost was $1 for each frame.
The boys painted the frames one week then finished them the next week. I painted 2 of the frames for the boys who weren’t there the first week. When you take the center cardboard out of the frame leave the prongs out so it holds the frame off the table and makes it easy to paint. I thought I was an impatient painter, but 9 year old boys have me beat.
I showed the boys how to sharpen the chalk using a pencil sharpener so they could write better on the frame. They thought that was pretty cool.
After letting the paint dry a few days, season the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk all over the surface. The boys liked this part too. Remove the chalk with a damp cloth and let dry. Now you’re ready to draw on the chalkboard surface.
I wanted the boys to be able to attach a piece of the chalk to the frame so we came up with this idea. I cut a piece of 24 gauge black wire 8″ long then had the boys coil it around the piece of chalk. Make the bottom end a little closer to hold the tip where it belongs. Leave about 2 1/2″ at the top.
I forgot to take a picture of the back of the frame but I took the extra wire at the top of the coil and hot glued it to the back of the frame. Make sure it’s a pretty big blob and it holds really well.
I made an example for the boys so they had an idea of what they could put on the frame. I don’t really think they needed an example. They did great on their own. Yes, we have an honorary female scout. She’s the other leader’s daughter and loves scouts as much as the boys.
Here’s another look at Ammon’s frame. I love that he put “cool–>”. Shh.. I have to tell hubby not to look at this post.
Do you have any inexpensive projects your kids are making for Father’s Day? Share them in the comments below!