Build an A-frame standing chalkboard easel sign for your outdoor wedding, party, or other event. The easy woodworking plan includes 2 sizes of wood chalkboard easel signs.
DIY Chalkboard Easel Sign
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. While planning a summer social with the neighborhood ladies, it was the perfect time to mark it off my list.
At the party we served a lemonade bar inspired by this one, and the standing chalkboard is the perfect place to show the flavored lemonade instructions.
We also built smaller easels for another party to show our theme for the party.
These standing chalkboard signs are great for welcoming guests and listing menu items or seating charts — and they make great porch decor after the party, too!
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How to Build a DIY Chalkboard Easel
The printable woodworking plan includes full instructions for building both a large A-frame chalkboard easel and a small chalkboard easel sign (though the small easel is still plenty big for directing guests!)
The large chalkboard easel sign measures approximately 42″ tall x 24″ wide x 24″ deep, with a chalkboard surface of 19″ x 31″.
You can build 3 easels from one sheet of plywood/chalkboard panel.
The small chalkboard easel sign measures approximately 29 3/4″ tall x 16 1/2″ wide x 16″ deep, with a chalkboard surface of 12 1/2″ x 20″.
You can build 7 small chalkboard easels from one sheet of plywood/chalkboard panel.
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Materials and Tools
Both chalkboard easel signs are built using affordable 1″ x 3″ x 8′ boards (actual ¾” x 2 ½”).
The smaller easel features boards that were ripped to a smaller width, which is optional so you can build this without needing a table saw. (Though a table saw is a great addition to a workshop, especially if you build a table saw workbench like this!)
The hardware is important for this folding chalkboard to stand! You’ll just need a pair of butt hinges and a short length of rope, string, or chain.
You’ll need the following tools to build this chalkboard A-frame sign:
- Compound Miter Saw
- Table Saw or Circular Saw with Edge Guide
- Router and Bit Set (optional)
- Brad Nailer (optional)
- Jig Saw, Scroll Saw, or Band Saw (optional)
- Kreg Jig pocket hole jig
- Heavy Duty Staple Gun (optional)
- Rafter Square (optional)
- Woodworking Compass (optional)
- Tape Measure
If you don’t have a router, you can opt to cut the chalkboard panel a little bit larger and staple, screw, or nail the panel to the back side of each side of the easel.
Not sure about writing on the chalkboard once you’ve built it?
Read our tips for great chalk art here,
Tips for Building a Chalkboard Easel Sign
Painting the Chalkboard Panel
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.
Installing the Hinges
When you install the hinges on the backside of the framed chalkboard panels, be sure to leave space for the hinges to be able to move (about 1/4″).
We’d love to see how you use your standing chalkboard easel! Send us a photo here or tag #imaremodelaholic on Instagram to show off your work.
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More DIY chalkboard ideas you’ll love:
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- Build an Extra Large Wall Chalkboard
- Make Your Own Chalkboard Welcome Sign (with printable handlettered template!)
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Published 13 June 2015 // Updated 8 March 2021