How to Make a Framed Chalkboard + Tips for Great Chalk Art

Betty from Oh Everything Handmade is here today to show you a beautiful framed chalkboard — one of the ways that she’s making the most of living in military base housing!

framed chalkboard diy tutorial plus tips for writing on a chalkboard @Remodelaholic

Since living in base housing, I’ve been trying to come up with decorating ideas that I can build quickly without using big tools, or spending a lot of money. So I figured why not show you How to make a framed Chalkboard.

How to make a Framed Chalkboard

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How to make a framed Chalkboard (6 of 6)

My total for this project was $15, so yeah – this is budget-friendly and quick to be made.

Want a double-sided standing chalkboard easel instead? Get the plans here. 

Material to make the Chalkboard:

  • 1/2″ Plywood
  • 1″wide x 1/2″thick x length enough to frame the entire board
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Stain
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Painters Tape

Step 1.

Attach the 1″ Lumber board with glue and nails to the backside of the plywood. Use Clamps to secure the board. Let it dry overnight before attaching the frame.

How to make a framed Chalkboard - attach board to the backside of your plywood

How to make a framed Chalkboard - attach boards to backside

Step 2.

Once dry, attach the frame with the same method (glue and nails).

Make sure to place nails so they go through the plywood, instead of the glued on 1″ board.

How to make a framed Chalkboard - attach frame with glue and nails

Step 3.

Tape the frame with painters tape and apply the chalkboard paint (you can do this step before adding the frame, but be careful with the clamps and laying the plywood face down, it might get scratched or marks on it)

How to make a framed Chalkboard - spray paint the board

Step 4.

After the Chalkboard paint has fully dried, take off the painters tape and continue with Step 5.

Beautiful chalkboard art isn't as hard as you think! With the right supplies, a bit of patience, and these tips, you can create a beautiful chalkboard display! @Remodelaholic

What you need to create a beautiful Chalkboard sign:

  • Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Chalk eraser
  • Pencil sharpener (I used my cosmetic sharpener)
  • Small towel
  • Q-tips
  • Fabric Chalk Marker (BEST tool for chalkboard drawing)

How to make a framed Chalkboard - Material needed

These tips will work for any chalkboard, big or small, like this chalkboard welcome sign door hanger, a standing chalkboard easel, or a jumbo wall chalkboard!

See more DIY chalkboard ideas here.

Step 5.

Before I started working on this brand new chalk board, I want to give it a chalkboard look. Rubbing a piece of chalk did the trick.

Once the board was covered in chalk, I used the towel to distribute it everywhere and wipe off the remaining.

How to make a framed Chalkboard - Give the Chalkboad a chalky feel

How to make a framed Chalkboard - distribute chalk

Step 6.

Before I started drawing, I gave the board an invisible outline. I marked 2″ from the frame to the inside of the chalkboard. This was my guideline, which made the laying of the design much easier.

How to make a framed Chalkboard - mark the board for your design

I also marked the center and divided the board in 3 areas.

How to make a framed Chalkboard - Mark a guideline

Step 7.

I used the dividing lines to guide my text. Then I erased the lines with a Q-tip.

How to make a framed Chalkboard - draw the design

Step 8.

After I completed my chalkboard design, I carefully stained the frame and let it dry overnight.

How to make a framed Chalkboard - Stain Frame part 1 How to make a framed Chalkboard - Stain frame How to make a framed Chalkboard - Stain frame part 2

How to make a framed Chalkboard - Finished project

How to make a framed Chalkboard - Finished Project1

Tips to create the perfect Chalkboard sign:

  • Use a Fabric Chalk Marker to achieve a crisp and long lasting chalkboard design
  • Sharpen the chalk to create sharp lines
  • Use Q-tips to remove small chalk lines or imperfections
  • Give your new chalkboard a chalky feel/look, by rubbing chalk along the surface
  • Use a ruler to mark guidelines, then use those guidelines!
  • Enjoy your new chalkboard!


More chalkboard projects:

DIY Chalkboard Style @Remodelaholic

A-frame chalkboard easel
Double sliding chalkboard doors
Divided chalkboard calendar
Extra large wall chalkboard

plus 10 more chalkboard paint projects

chalkboard paint projects

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Betty is a “stay at home mom” by day, an aspiring entrepreneur, crafter, DIYer and blogger by night. She loves to share budget-friendly home improvements, fun DIY projects and nifty, thrifty makeovers with you on her blogOh Everything Handmade.
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