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Goodwill Craft- My Second Most Favorite Project to Date


So as I said last week, I was in a blogging slump.
I had no ambition to create anything new and the one planned project that I was using this for:


A great BIG $6.99 frame I scored at Goodwill fell apart.
I was planning on putting the cork in here to make it a huge family picture frame with pictures stuck in with cute little push pins that I was going to spray paint fun colors.
Not happening.
When I took the cork board out of the package, it fell apart in my hands.
Thanks, Hobby Lobby.
I had my husband try and work with it to get it into the frame and it dissolved in his hands as we were working with it.


So I gave up, put the frame in the back of the garage and rolled up what was left of the (non- returnable) cork and put it in my craft area for another smaller project and called it a day.


Then I had a lightbulb moment.


I was cleaning the basement last week with the girls and my oldest brought this item to my attention:
It might be hard to tell from this picture but this is a chalkboard surface over basically a piece of very thin plywood. I asked her where we had gotten it, as it had been in her “school” area of the basement and she said that I had bought it at a garage sale.


I would never have paid for this.
Maybe taken it if they had said it was free but never shelled out hard-earned bucks for it.
I think it was given to us for the girls’ area years ago but I forgot the source.
And as soon as she said she didn’t want it, I almost put it in the Goodwill bin.

So I got out my Goodwill frame again.

And some spray adhesive, goody bags from Hobby Lobby and scissors.
Originally, I got this idea from some wrapping paper that is very similar to the above bags that I got on clearance after Christmas last year.
But I didn’t have enough for the frame.
So I headed first to Dollar Tree to see what kind of wrapping paper they had and on to Hobby Lobby to check out their supply and found the above bags that matched my original paper almost exactly.

Can you tell which is which?

I then sprayed the adhesive to the cardboard part of the frame and to the back of the wrapping paper and paper bags ( the wrapping paper is in the middle section, paper bags on the sides) as well and this is how it looked:

I smoothed out most of the wrinkles and tucked in the paper where I couldn’t cut anymore to fit into the frame.

Then I added this to the top after spraying the back with adhesive as well as the paper it is going to be sticking to:

I let this sit overnight because I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before I did anything else since I’m going to be hanging this on a wall.
But here is the kicker: I had no idea what I wanted to put on the chalkboard section.
I knew that I would be using my chalk pens because a) I already have them and 2) I love my chalk pen.

Then came my inspiration via Pinterest.
I saw this adorable piece of artwork and pinned it to my board just last week:



It’s artwork with the lyrics of your favorite song!

It could be a wedding song or a song you and a friend used to sing at the top of your lungs driving down an old country road….”I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride……”.

My husband and I never really had “a song” for the first three years we were dating.

But after a tumultuous third year of dating, we found “our song” while listening to the radio one summer day. To make a long story short, my husband and I dated briefly when we were 23, broke up, made up and became friends and then dated nine years later when I was again single and were a couple for almost four years when we got married five years ago.

Are you keeping up?
I know, it’s kind of complicated.

Anyway, this “song” was playing on the radio:

Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts

After the song was over, we knew it was our song.
It was like Rascal Flatts had a ringside seat to our lives and wrote the song for us.
So we decided that this would be our first dance song.
Until we tried to actually dance to it.
Huh, our song is really hard to dance to.
We practiced for months and months until finally, it was the big day.
When it was time to get up and dance, we totally chickened out, ran over to the deejay booth and told him to play At Last by Etta James.
Which is a  beautiful song, just not “our song”.
But much easier to dance to.
We totally sold out.
So here is what I did:

I got out my chalk pens and chalk.

I went online and printed the exact lyrics to the song.



And wrote the entire song by hand with regular old chalk.

Now, if you know me by now, you must know that I have terrible handwriting.

But I really wanted to write this myself so I just went for it.

I mean if it was really bad, I could just paint over it, right?

  I really like the look of this.

Kind of like a board in a coffee house or something.




Here it is all done!


I absolutely love this.


28 thoughts on “Goodwill Craft- My Second Most Favorite Project to Date”

  1. Love it! The black and white is gorgeous and the sentiment so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!


  2. You have TOTALLY INSPIRED me. I am copying one of your pictures to my desktop to remind me that this is a must do project. Great idea. It could be a great wedding gift with the lyrics of the song the bride and groom first dance to or an anniversary gift or new home gift. Oh I could go on and on. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.Pam


  3. Pam- Thanks so much for the great comment! It makes me happy when one of my creations inspires someone else! 🙂


  4. Love this & love the background story. So sweet. 🙂 Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog.. if you haven‘t already. Hope to see you there. {I’m a new follower.} :)Ginger


  5. I know! Me too! I thought Pinterest would help me organize my thoughts and ideas…nope. Just one more place to forget….:)


  6. Awesome project, witty prose… I'm gonna be a new follower right after I publish this! I've GOT to get my hands on some of those chalkboard pens! Michaels, huh? Looks like I will be running over there TODAY! Can't wait to see what else you come up with… Jules from bles-id


  7. Bethany- thanks so much for the sweet comment! I love your blog as well and am your newest follower. 🙂


  8. that is the cutest! I love that you wrote it by hand! I found your blog through a link party and love it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out mine and follow me too! Thanks!-Nikki


  9. Hi Kari, I'm pleased to be featuring this project tonight in my Fab Friday Favorites post. Thanks so much for linking it up! Please feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button if you wish.Warmly, Michelle


  10. @ Michelle- I somehow skimmed over your comment and I am so sorry! I was so very excited to be featured and to earn a button!! Thanks for having me and making me feel like a queen for a day…:)


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