Chalkboard partyware

Happy weekend friendly internet people! That time of the year is nearly at hand, and before you rush off for your family reunion gatherings, I suspect some of us – well, I will be having gatherings with friends.

And as with parties and having guests over at your house, we all know that disposable party cups are going to get overused and abused. Never fear, chalkboard paint is here.

To give your cheap disposable cups an edge and a useful function, paint it with chalkboard paint and let guests write their names on using chalk! Not only does it gives your party a great talking point, it’s easy to wash. Just wipe off the chalk with a damp cloth and it’s as good as new again. The chalkboard paint lasts through washing! You’ll never have guests wasting your disposable cups again.

If you’d like the chalkboard effect on a more permenant basis, it can be painted on all surfaces, so don’t be afraid to use it on our glassware!

Here’s a quick how-to guide:

Step one:

Gather all the things you need:

  • Chalkboard paint (I bought mine from Typo for $11)
  • A foam brush
  • Disposable cups
  • Scotch tape/ painter’s tape  (Masking tape won’t work in this case)
  • Scissors
  • Chalk


Step two:

Using the scotch tape, mark out the boundaries for the paint.


I went for nice sharp edges!


Step three:

Start painting! Use your foam brush to paint the sides of the glass. Even if it looks streaky and uneven, just keep going cause once it dries it will be a nice rough surface perfect for chalk writing.


Can you stay in the lines? Cause clearly I was a failure at colouring when I was young.




Step four:

Let it dry. The paint dries remarkably quickly, so don’t worry about it being too time consuming! I finished the cups in about an evening while stoning in front of the TV watching Brooklyn Nine Nine.


Look at how the paint dries! Amazing.


Step five:

Now comes my favourite part. Peeling the tape off. There’s something about watching the crinkled and wrinkled line transforming into a beautifully straight one.



The paint must be absolutely dry when it comes to this. Don’t be impatient like me and suffer a rubbery mess of paint pulling up as well.


Step six:

You’re done! Whip out your chalk. - Mine was chunky and funky – and scribble away.



p.s. The chalk is easily removed, if you don’t want chalk dust all over the place. Dampen a finger and wipe it!