Chalkboard as decorative object. I made these pieces as set dressing for a kid's fashion shoot but I LOVE the idea of using them as interactive home decor. The form they take is limited only by your imagination (and hand/eye coordination).
Sketch the outline of your board on a piece of black 1/4" Gatorboard (which is tempered with resin so more stable than foam core) available at most art stores. Carefully cut your shape out with a fresh #11 X-Acto blade (changing blades often). Spray 2 or 3 light even coats of chalkboard spray paint on the surface and edges of your board (drying after each coat). Using the long side of a piece of white chalk cover the whole piece with a layer of chalk and then wipe off (leaving a faint mottled layer of white). This step "seasons" the surface and gives it an authentic old school blackboard feel. Now outline and draw simple details on the board. Tie a piece of chalk to white cotton string taping the loose end to the back. Mount to a wall or door with removable mounting strips. Send me pics of yours!