If you are thinking of a kitchen renovation that doesn’t require a lot of money or effort, but still makes your space cooler, bolder and more unusual, I have an idea for you – go for blackboards! There are different ways to incorporate a blackboard into your interior and these boards are always very functional. Do you want some inspiration? Let’s start!
Blackboard walls / backsplashes
A blackboard wall or backsplash is a classic idea for a kitchen of any style: black goes with all sorts of color schemes and styles. Such a backsplash or wall won’t cost you much and can be used for taking notes, leaving messages, jotting down recipes and making shopping lists. Yes, such a backsplash is not very practical: it is not very easy to clean, but you can renovate the greases and cheaply add a coat of paint. A blackboard wall can be used for art by your kids while they cook, or you can attach some railings with herbs and mark them all with chalk. A blackboard wall with art and everything will make a beautiful accent wall in the kitchen.
How else can you add chalkboard surfaces to your space? Cover an outside or inside surface of a closet – for art or markings, or for a fresh look. The same can be done with a refrigerator, for example, and it’s a nice place to leave your shopping list there. Hang a blackboard sign in your tea / coffee bar or make a large blackboard with spice racks to mark the spices without labels. Enjoy!
Common sponges that most of us have on hand can be a cool material to use to make something for your kids! You can make various toys and simple accessories to play with, and your children can participate in the crafts. Let's take a look at some simple ideas!
Missing summer? We also! Is there anything more summery than a good old popsicle? How about 20 made of rainbow-colored dish sponges? When you are out on your colorful sponge hunt, of course keep your eyes open for different colored sponges, but also for different shapes. These popsicles are a super affordable and crazy quick DIY decoration for summer pool parties - just stick them to the wall with duct tape or tape. You could even turn them into a garland with an embroidery floss and an oversized needle. As an added bonus, the popsicles are completely removable so you can keep these sponges under the sink and use them on dishes after the party!
These sponge water bombs are a great summer activity for kids! They love to set up and count the DIY sponge water and of course toss the sponge water bombs on the ground and watch them splash! Check out how to make the sponge bombs quick and spice up your pool and bath time with these colorful cuties. Enjoy!
Freshen up your kids' bath time with this fun activity - make some bath bombs! These contain a sponge and some tape and are secured with zip ties to make them durable. You may be concerned about the zip tie, but not. If you tighten it properly, the hard button in the sponges will be lost and won't cause any problems at all.
Turn an ordinary sponge into an adorable, marine animal-inspired DIY sponge bath toy with this fun craft! Glue on some googly eyes and a little pipe cleaner mouth, use scissors to cut off other features like a rounded head and legs, then take your toy for a swim! Form a pile and have a variety of marine animals to play with while you bathe or just splash around in the sink!
Go on an adventure with this cute sponge boat with cork seals! This is a very simple project that will turn into a fun bath toy or summer game. Sponges are so easy to use and so cheap! Use any scraps of sponge as icebergs or rocks and try to avoid them in the water. You and your kids will enjoy creating and playing! Just put the captain and sailor in the boat. This crew is ready to weigh the anchor!
As soon as the sun goes down long enough to warm their faces, every child wants to play in the water. Make some floating sponge boats for your backyard water level. Keep these toys near the bath and the kids will have their boats sailed all over the harbor. Make sure to squeeze all of the water out of the sponge after playing as you don't want bacteria to build up.
It's spring cleaning time! Instead of wiping and scrubbing everything, why not recruit a few tiny hands to help? To tempt a restless child into becoming mom's little helper, try making them a personalized toy set for laundromats. In the tutorial below, we're going to show you how to turn boring sponge discs into cute sponge critters if all you want to do is convince kids that “tidying up” time is just another fun activity for the family.