Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build plan. I love the look of chalkboard easels at parties, weddings and even holiday decorations. I have had an A-Frame chalkboard easel on my To-Do list for a while. With an upcoming summer social with the neighborhood ladies, it is the perfect time to mark it off my list. At the party we are going to have a lemonade bar inspired by this one, and the chalkboard is the perfect place to show the flavored lemonade instructions.
How to Build a DIY Chalkboard Easel
- 3 – 1″ x 3″ x 8′ boards
- 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ board – optional
- 1/4″ plywood sheet (or 1/2 sheet if your store sells them)
- 2 hinges
- chalkboard paint
- 1 1/4″ pocket screws
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- 20″ rope or string
- wood glue
- 4 – 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 42″
- 4 – 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 19″
- 2 – 1/4″ x 20″ x 32″ (make this larger if stapling to the back)
- 4 – 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ optional or (2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ for smaller accent pieces)
To make the painting process easier, you may want to sand and paint the plywood with the chalkboard paint before assembling the frame. I sanded the plywood really well, applied a coat of primer and let dry. Then I lightly sanded the primer so the surface would be fairly smooth for the chalkboard paint.
Note: For this chalkboard easel you can either cut a groove in the frame to inset the chalkboard or staple/screw the chalkboard to the back of the frame. If you are going to staple or screw the chalkboard onto the back of the frame, skip this step.
Insert the chalkboard plywood into the grooves (if doing this option). Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket screws to assemble the frame. The bottom stile will be 6″ from the bottom of the frame.
The accent corners are optional, and can either be made 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ or 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. I like the larger ones personally. Measure over 1/2″ from 2 corners, use a round object like a paint can to make an arc. Use a jig saw, scroll saw or band saw to cut out the arc.
Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry. Sand the easel frame until smooth finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper, always finish sanding in the direction of the grain. Stain or paint the easel frame and allow to dry. I painted mine an aqua color, roughed up the edges and added a little glaze to the edges. *(If you are stapling the chalkboard to the frame, do that now.)*
Tie a knot in each end of the rope/string and staple to the lower horizontal frame piece.
Enjoy your DIY Chalkboard Easel
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