Make Your Own Chalkboards

It’s been a while since we’ve seen them in the classroom, but now, the humble blackboard is making major a comeback in crafting and interior design circles. Use them to doodle, create a piece of art, write inspiring messages, record your shopping list or if you’re a busy family, use as a planner. They look great hung up on a wall, and the kids will love them too!

Chalkboard paint can be used on almost any surface, which is great for upcycling unwanted photo frames, and the best part is, you don’t even need to buy the expensive chalkboard paint from craftshops – you can make it yourself for just a few dollars. Penelope Quinn from shows us how...

What You’ll Need

• Non sanded Tile Grout (available from most hardware stores)
• Paint of your choice
• A photo frame or board

1. Simply mix 1 part tile grout to two parts paint – mix well until it’s a smooth consistancy (like soft butter). Add a few drops of water if this helps.

2. Thoroughly clean your surface. This can be a stiff board, a piece of plywood or a large photo frame. You can even paint a whole wall if you want! The board we used below was an old mirror from a thrift shop.

3. Brush on a coat. Let dry at least 20 minutes. Brush on a coat or two until completely covered.

4. Before your first use, be sure to ‘season’ the chalkboard. This is so your first drawing doesn’t end up as a permanent ‘ghost’ image. Just take the long edge of a piece of chalk, rub it all over the board, and erase. This will put an even layer of chalk in the pores.

Don’t limit yourself to just black!

For a simple, yet creative and fun gift for children, sand down a baking tray (to remove the teflon) paint your chalkboard, then decorate with magnets. It’s an easy present that’s fun, doesn’t need batteries, encourages creativity and is cheap to make!

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