I know everyone is making chalboard chargers, but I thought I'd share mine because I did something a bit different and it might be helpful to you.
Here is the first one I made. It had a scrolled edge that made a pretty design with the chalk. My daughter decorated it with the menu we were serving company.
I had read to "prime" the paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk all over your project and then wipe it off. They say this keeps your chalk marks from being permanent/semi-permanent. It's also supposed to make the chalk show up better. I wasn't happy with how this worked on the chargers due to their shape. I couldn't get into the area between the raised rim and the bottom part and it left "scratches" trying. It wasn't a consistent coverage. Then when I tried it as a charger, I found that too much space was used by the pretty scrollwork around the edge and there wasn't enough room to write a message, draw or write someone's name.
Round two. I chose completely flat rims so I'd have more space to write. I did the same process up to the priming. This time I grated my chalk and dumped the powder on a charger. I gently rubbed it in circles...gently because there were a few small chunks that could have scratched, but it was mostly powder. It works like a dream! It easily goes anywhere and is very consistent. Yeah! Then I just dumped the extras into the next charger and kept priming. So cool! It took less than half a piece of chalk to prime all six chargers.
I just love these! Thank you whoever first got the idea to do this!!!! LOVE IT!
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