DIY “Brick” Window Chalk Board!

Created from Foam Project Bricks and a old wooden calendar, this cute “brick” window message board is a perfect conversation piece for your kitchen or office decor!  This fun and easy tutorial can be completed in an afternoon!

These are little styrofoam bricks that at pre-painted and ready to go!  Since I do not currently have any young kids in the house that need school projects completed, I wanted to come up with something that an adult could use.  So a faux brick window message board was the way to go!

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For this project I used:

Make It: Fun® Project Bricks- Landmark Edition
A thrift store perpetual wooden calendar
Chalk board paint
White acrylic paint
Balsa wood- 1/4″ x 1/4″ x 36″ (2 pieces)
Low Temp Hot Glue
Mini plastic pot
Dollar Store flowers
Foam ball (to fit inside pot)

I found this wooden perpetual calendar at a thrift store several years ago and have had it stored in my closet ever since.  I knew when I paid the $2.32 for it that one day I might have a use for it.

Remember these calendars?  They were all the rage back in the early ’80’s!  This one was missing all the date pieces and the month pieces were all awkwardly hand painted including a massive miss-spelling of the word “December”.

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I began be totally dis-assembling the calendar.  This is a great stress buster by the way.  Just grab a claw hammer and go to it!  After a bit of work, I had removed all the extra pieces and just had the wooden base left over.

I then flipped the calendar over.  I planned to use the back, since the front had too many holes.  The back was a clean slate!

The next step is to turn this wooden calendar into a chalk board!  Ever work with chalk board paint?  This was my first time and I have to tell you it is easy!  Simply paint the chalk board paint on in one direction.  Allow to dry for one hour and then paint it on in the opposite direction.  Finally, allow it to dry for 24 hours before going any further.

There are tons of little bricks in this box of Make It: Fun® Project Bricks.  I was surprised that we used barely half the box for this project!  They go a long way!

Start by creating a brick border around the perimeter of the wood, gluing the styrofoam bricks on with low temp hot glue.  (Be sure to use low temp hot glue as the high temp will dissolve your styrofoam!)  Go the whole perimeter- all the way around.

Next, lay the bricks on their side as shown above and glue down along the sides of the wood on both sides just to the point where the curve starts.  Turn them sideways and glue along the curve of the top.  You will have spaces with the curve, but it gives it character!

Add a row of bricks to the bottom of the window forming a “sill”, gluing the short edge of the brick to the wood.  Add a final row of bricks to the bottom edge, turned sideways as shown above.  The final touch in brickwork is to add the row of four bricks to the top a shown in the photo below.

Brickwork has never been so fun!

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The next step is to add the wood window panes.  Cut your balsa wood to fit using a craft knife.  It is a good idea to paint it white first so that you don’t get paint all over the chalk board.

I cut the two horizontal pieces first and glued them down using a ruler to keep the level, then cut a long piece for the vertical center, gluing it down over top of the horizontal pieces.

Cut two more smaller pieces for the arch of the window, placing the ends underneath where the horizontal and vertical wood pieces met.

Next, we need to season the chalk board.  Lay a piece of chalk on the side and chalk the areas of the board that you will be using.  Then wipe them clean with a paper towel.

Final touches!  Use white acrylic paint to paint the window sill and sides of the window.  Glue a tiny pot onto the window sill, tuck a styrofoam ball inside and push in some fake flowers.

And there you have it!  A sweet little message board that looks amazingly like a pretty brick window!

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  • Rachel O March 5, 2016, 5:42 pm

    That is so surprisingly cute! I never would have guessed you could make such a cool grownup project using something so simple as little foam bricks!

  • shelly January 31, 2014, 12:55 am

    I have never used anything by Make it Fun. But if I won, I would definitely make this project!

  • Bridget January 30, 2014, 9:03 pm

    my favorite would be the Architectural Pedestal. I can see our school making these for drama. Great resources!!

  • rachel January 30, 2014, 12:36 pm

    I love the solar system wall (boys rooms) and sweater balls (living room!)

  • KatieQ January 30, 2014, 11:47 am

    I love the brick window chalk board. I would never have guessed it was created from that thrift store find. I have never seen the foam bricks before. They are amazing.

  • Cindy Hughes January 30, 2014, 9:55 am

    I’ve never seen this product and my head is spinning with ideas! I will definitely be looking for these! Thanks for sharing.

  • Christy J. January 30, 2014, 9:49 am

    I love the chalkboard window!!!

  • Denita Smith January 30, 2014, 6:13 am

    The latest project, The Chalkboard Window is absolutely beautiful! You always blow my mind–I wish soooo much I could be 1/4 as creative as you; but oh the inspiration you give!!

  • Tina January 30, 2014, 3:48 am

    Love this tute! What a neat idea, I have never heard of these bricks, but I will keep my eye out for them! Thanks for the giveaway as well

  • Sunny C January 30, 2014, 2:51 am

    The Garden kit looks like a lot of fun, but I really Love what you have done with the thrift store calendar and the bricks!!!!! 🙂
    Thank-You for a chance to win!!!!

  • Diane January 30, 2014, 1:21 am

    Hi there,
    I absolutely love the chalkboard window. It is the most unique project that I have seen in quite awhile. I love most craft projects but this is my very favorite one!!!

  • NancyGrace January 29, 2014, 11:35 pm

    Please don’t disqualify me since I am picking THREE as my favorites. (YES, I scrolled thru all 40 pages, decided between 471 projects.
    My absolute favorites are:
    The Jewel Tone Wreath
    The Peacock Feather Wreath
    The Berry Apple Wreath

    Thanks for the wonderful things you share with us. You inspire me each and every week!

  • ColleenB. ~ Texas January 29, 2014, 10:29 pm

    Many wonderful projects to look at. Some great inspiration
    I do like your chalk board as well as the Burlap Peacock Feather wreath along with the Blue and Silver Trees.
    Thank you for this opportunity

  • Sandy January 29, 2014, 9:48 pm

    I love the brick chalkboard’s beautiful!

  • R Goff January 29, 2014, 9:00 pm

    My daughter got a bead and wire kit for Christmas this last year. We all enjoy the projects she makes. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Bonnie Bullington January 29, 2014, 8:37 pm

    The Brick Chalkboard is my all time favorite. The bricks used look identical to the back of the fireplace bricks in my kitchen. I wanna be a copycat for sure!

  • Michelle C January 29, 2014, 7:57 pm

    The garden kit

  • Karyle Byrd January 29, 2014, 7:05 pm

    I love the bricks, they would be perfect for a brick wall in my kitchen. I so want to wins these bricks.

  • Marlene January 29, 2014, 7:03 pm

    I like the fun project bricks

  • Camiele January 29, 2014, 6:52 pm

    The Architectural Pedestal on Make it Fun is my favorite.

  • Debra January 29, 2014, 6:51 pm

    I love the chalkboard window soooo much! It would be perfect for my kitchen and oh boy would it be put to good use. Very functional and in my case, needed. Hope I win these bricks so I can put them to awesome use!

  • Camiele January 29, 2014, 6:50 pm

    My favorite is the Solar System set!

  • Ann Thompson January 29, 2014, 6:45 pm

    This is a great project.

    My favorite project from the project page is the burlap ribbon snowman

  • Sharon January 29, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Wow – what a transformation! Beautiful job!

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