A few weeks ago I shared a recent upcycle of a wooden cable reel. We turned it into a fairy house for the children to play with. We actually picked up two cable reels so today I’m going to show you what we did with the other.
Cable reels are great and there are so many ways to upcycle them. My children love to use chalk to draw on the patio and walls so I made them a cable reel blackboard – perfect for mark making outside.
Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint (Old School Green)
Wooden cable reel
How to make a simple cable reel blackboard
The Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint was really easy to use. I simply sprayed it over the top of the cable reel until it was completely covered, then left it to dry. I used the Old School Green with matt finish – totally reminiscent of my school days! It’s a brilliant way to create a chalkboard on any surface. It works with conventional chalks and liquid chalk markers.
I bought a new pack of chalk for my children to use on the blackboard but also thought it would be fun to make them some painted stone animals so they could play noughts and crosses.
I used Chalkola Pens to make 5 ladybirds and 5 bees on some smooth pebbles. These were quick and easy to make but meant the children had something extra to play with if they got bored of writing or drawing pictures.
After school I set up an invitation to play with the cable reel chalkboard and stone animals.
They marked out boards to play noughts and crosses and it kept them occupied. It didn’t stop them then chalking all over the patio and walls but at least it gave them a new surface to write on.