Easy DIY giant chalkboard letter

Need a special Christmas gift but don't have a lot of cash? This is a great way to make something awesome with little effort! Chalkboards are all the rage right now so making something into a chalkboard is sure to win you points.
I found myself in a pickle recently as I really wanted to make some family members something awesome (always expect a DIY gift from me!) but had no clue what I was going to do. I originally bought this giant letter to wrap in twine and hang with ribbon for a "wreath". I'm sure you have seen those all over pinterest. As I sat there looking at the twine, I had a feeling this wasn't going to go well. I looked to my right and saw my half empty bottle of chalkboard paint. And Voila! The chalkboard letter was born!
Large box letter- $5.99 at Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon (I use the app)
Chalkboard paint- $3.99 and lasts FOREVER. Or make your own in any color!
White chalk- or colored for a kiddo
Washi tape- I got mine in a two pack from Hobby Lobby for $1.99.
2" Satin ribbon- $2.99 at Hobby Lobby. Lots left over
1.Paint your letter with two or three coats of chalkboard paint. Letting it dry completely between layers, preferably waiting over night. It was easiest to paint on its side and flipping when dry.
2.Rub the dried letter with chalk and buff off. This will "cure" your paint.
3.Tape a few pieces of chalk on to the letter with your washi tape and tie with a pretty bow!
Enjoy your masterpiece!

This doesn't just have to be for Christmas. Dress this baby up in funky ribbon or paint with colorful chalkboard paint to make a fun birthday or "just-because" present!