In which I discuss how to make your own chalkboard and pretend it was two years ago (when I actually made this particular outdoor chalkboard) or six years ago (when I made our big indoor chalkboard)…
Ready for some time travel?
I have wanted a large outdoor chalkboard ever since I saw one on Angry Chicken years ago. I had made an indoor chalkboard for my kids with a couple coats of chalkboard paint, so I knew how easy it would be to make one.
I bought a square piece of wood from Lowes. Or maybe it was Home Depot. I don’t remember at this point. And don’t really think it matters. They both have big squares of plywood, right?
And I bought some chalkboard paint.
The rest, as we say, is history.
Wood + chalkboard paint = chalkboard.
Oh, wait. I was going to write up an actual tutorial… Okay, here we go…
How to Make Your Own Chalkboard
- Plywood, 4 x 4 feet (or whatever dimensions you want for your chalkboard)
- Wood primer
- Chalkboard paint
First, sand your wood. I didn’t do this, but wish I had.
Next, prime your wood. Cover the entire board with wood primer and let dry completely. (I used tinted primer I had made up for my house walls but regular primer works, too, of course.)
Then, paint with two coats of chalkboard paint, letting the paint dry completely between coats.
You can use paint in a can or spray paint. Both work, although I like the paint you can apply with a brush better.
Finally, rub chalk all over the new chalkboard…
…and rub it in with an eraser or cloth…
Now, make your chalk masterpieces!
And play your chalk games!
More DIY Chalkboards for Kids
- A toddler-sized DIY wall chalkboard
- A new chalkboard made from a yardsale find
- Make a chalkboard coffee table (on 2 Little Superheroes)
- A take-along chalk mat for kids (on Make It, Love It)
- A chalkboard box (on Sun Hats & Wellie Boots)
- Chalkboard stones (on Artful Kids)
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