There is nothing better than finding a great low cost DIY project. Everyone knows chalkboards are in. Well, they are even more in when you can buy 1 and get 5. I had an old picture frame that I previously purchased from a yard sale for 50 cents that would be perfect for a chalkboard. At first I was going to make chalkboard paint and paint a piece but that process would take way too many steps. A little quick research (calling crafty friends) and I found out that Home Depot has precut chalkboard pieces.
So, I packed the girls and my frame and we headed to Home Depot. I was so happy we went Home Depot. They have 1 large piece of chalk board (2 ft X 4ft) for $9.97. The best part is that they will cut it to any size for you, for FREE! A wonderful helper measured and cut my board to fit my frame. After he cut my board to size I had a large piece remain. I was already there and was not going to throw away good chalk board so I had my little helper cut that piece in half giving me 2 more pieces. I didn’t stop there, I went and picked up my 2 small pieces of scrap and ended up with five boards (1 I won’t count it was not wide) .
I used my large one for our family board. We used the other 2 large pieces as a craft activity for the girls. They used washi tape and placed their names for boards in their rooms. I use 1 piece of scrap in our pantry/laundry room to jot down menus, lists and love note and the other narrow one as a peg board. I covered it with fabric and placed it on the bottom of our family frame. I hung little family photos there. To jazz these beauties up I use chalk marker I picked up from Hobby Lobby. I love, love love these marker. Soon I’ll be buying primary colors as well. If I can do it you can too.
- $9.97 Chalkboard from Home Depot 4 Pieces comes out to $2.49 a piece!
- Chalk marker pens – amazon I bought mine from Hobby Lobby and used my 20% coupon. I paid 11.20. It is pricey for chalk but they have lasted and I use them often. There are much more expensive ones so this was a good price. You can also buy a box of regular chalk sticks for $1 at the dollar store.
Everything I needed to assemble my boards I had at home already:
- glue, to glue our board to our frame
- fabric for my narrow piece
- a way to hang our frame (thankfully our frame came with a wire and hooks).
The girls’ boards we used
- my Cricut to cut out vinyl letters
- a drill
- ribbon to go through our holes
- washi tape to decorate and viola!