How to Make a Chalkboard

How to Make a Chalkboard Tutorial

Welcome to my how to make a chalkboard tutorial.  This tutorial idea came to me when I was working on my Back to School Series.  

One of the things I find helpful in making it through the week successfully is having a meal plan.  Having that meal plan available for everyone to see makes meals much soother.

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What You Need:

I went about making this chalkboard menu a bit differently as I didn’t feel like spending a lot of money on chalkboard paint.

  1. Chalkboard contact paper
  2. Canvas

Let’s Begin!

Prepare your Canvas

I decided to use canvas for 2 reasons.

  1. I had a bunch of extra ones floating around waiting for a project
  2. Canvas is easy to hang on a wall.
  3. No need to buy any expensive chalkboard paint.

First, measure the correct length of the chalkboard contact paper you need and cut it.  The stuff I bought has a grid on it to help you cut straight.

Apply the chalkboard contact paper to the canvas.  Mine came rolled up tight, so I needed to carefully align the top edges so that it would cover the full board.

I decided to do a reverse canvas for my board.  You can find full instructions on How to Make a Reverse Canvas Here

chalkboard contact paper
chalkboard contact paper

You don’t need to do a reverse canvas, but this will make finishing the edges easier and it will provide a nice frame.

I applied 2 coats of paint and after stapling the canvas with chalkboard contact paper on gave the surplus material a trim around the edges.

chalkboard frame
chalkboard backside

And That’s It! You’re Done!

how to make a chalkboard

Uses for your chalkboard

There are lots of things you can do with this chalkboard.  I mainly use it for my weekly menu.  I have also used it for the first/last day of school signs.  Take a look below.

school sign
how to make a chalkboard pin

Did you find this tutorial helpful?

Did you find this tutorial helpful? Let me know your comments!

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Kimberlie

    Your instructions on how to make a canvas chalkboard are so well explained and clear I think I may even be able to make it. I am not very crafty and tend to shy away from projects like this, but feel this one may be different.

  2. Carletta Shannon

    Wow, what a great idea and tutorial! I love the idea of having a chalk board to display the weekly menu! I might have to try that. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Barshan Turno

    Needful content. Keep creating content like this! Tons of love for you

  4. Tanya

    Love this idea!

  5. Heather

    I’m hoping to make a little chalkboard for my son soon so this will come in handy!

  6. Kerrin

    Wow what a great idea!!

  7. Hema Saravanan

    Wow, I am seeing this for the first time. Thanks for sharing

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