How to Build a Tabletop Chalkboard

Last week I wrote about the chalkboard centerpieces that I made for a Young Life fundraiser.  And today, I’ll share the simple tutorial with you.

You will need:

2 – 1×10 boards cut to your desired length (mine were about 12″ tall)  *  hinge  *  2 eye hooks  *  twine  *   chalkboard paint  * bakers twine or ribbon {optional}

 1.  cut wood to 12″ high {or to your desired height}

2. sand to a smooth finish

3. spray with chalkboard paint

4. hinge the top {I used one larger hinge, but you can also use 2 smaller hinges if you prefer.}

5.  add an eye hook at the inside bottom of each piece of wood

6. use string or twine to stablize the chalkboard when it’s upright

7.  tie a fun ribbon or grosgrain ribbon to the bottom of the chalkboard for added color

8.  cure the chalkboard by rubbing chalk over both sides – then wipe off with a dry cloth

9. your chalkboard is ready to use!

The chalkboards are so fun – and yet so simple! It would make a great gift for yourself or a friend.  Don’t you love it?!


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  1. What an adorable project! And I just love the pumpkin you drew! ;-) Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  2. These are adorable! I saw them last night on FB. They would be a great addition to a big Thanksgiving celebration…could play games on them (tic tac toe or hangman for the kids!) or just write things you are thankful for. Very fun project! We would love to see you at Inspiration Cafe’s Grand Opening today:

  3. That pumpkin you drew is so sweet! I’m going to bookmark the tutorial in case I ever get daring enough to work with wood. :-)

  4. I can’t even tell you how AWESOME this is!! Love it. Wanted to drop by and thank you for linking up to Mop It Up Monday! You’re being featured at today’s Tuesday Ten:

    Hope you’re having a fabulous week!

  5. Barbara (WA) says:

    Popped over here from The Inspired Room and “Northwest” caught my eye. So I browsed a bit and think you may be here in my home state of Washington! I grew up in Renton but live on Bainbridge Island now. But what really caught my eye was Malibu since my hubby has come on many, many trips to Beyond Malibu and Malibu to do construction work.

  6. I promise I’m not stalking you…well, maybe a little…LOL! There ended up being a plethora of chalkboard projects linked up yesterday. I thought they deserved their own little round up. I know it’s a faux-pas to feature the same thing back-to-back, but I just couldn’t help myself! Had to get this in there, too!

  7. WOW! I love this idea!! I never ever thought to do something like that. I think I will make a couple of those. What a great way to keep children and the wrestless occupied ;)

  8. I just bought the stuff to make these this morning! Super cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. I love this idea! You did a fantastic job!

  10. I love this Fall craft! I’m hosting a SHOW-case Craft Showcase if you would like to be a part of! :)


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