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How to make a chalkboard

Posted on: April 20, 2011

Or, how I spent time crafting something I could just as easily have bought. šŸ˜‰

We wanted chalkboards for folks to write messages to us when they use the photobooth at the wedding, kind of like do-it-yourself photo captioning. My original idea was to cut speech bubble shapes out of wood and attach a handle to the back, but I got lazy.

You will need:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • Something to spray it on (after much wandering around Hobby Lobby, I decided on two artist’s canvases–the hard board kind, not the actual stretched canvas, which I felt had too much give)
  • Latex gloves
  • Chalk
  • A felt eraser
  1. Working in a well-ventilated area (such as “outside”) and on a surface that you don’t mind getting permanently messy (such as cardboard or newspaper), spray light, even coats.

    First coat

    Second coat

    In retrospect, gloves would have been a good idea.

    There we go. Moving on...

    Third coat

  2. Wait 24 hours for the paint to fully set, then “cure” the chalkboard by rubbing the entire surface with the long side of a piece of chalk, then wiping it off with a felt eraser.

    The next day. Looking spiffy.

    Curing the chalkboard

    Erasing. Duh.


After my first trip to Hobby Lobby, I realized I had forgotten an eraser. When I went back to get one, I couldn’t find them. Inexplicably, they are not kept next to the chalk. When I finally tracked down an employee, who tracked down the proper aisle, I saw, right there next to the erasers, ready-made chalkboards of approximately the same size as what I made for $8 apiece. The supplies for the ones I made cost about $15, so it would have been a dollar more to buy them rather than make them. Sigh.

Oh well. These have a cleaner look to them, as they don’t have the unfinished wood trim on the edges that definitely screams “SCHOOL CLASSROOM!” And if I want, I can put them in a nice frame later and hang them somewhere in my house, to leave super classy honey-do lists for the hubs. A to-do list is so much more palatable in a gilt frame, don’t you agree?

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1 Response to "How to make a chalkboard"

love it! I didn’t know they made the spray paint…..these are so fun!! I’ve been wanting to paint an old mirror I have with this stuff…..spraying will be MUCH easier!

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