How to Make Your Own Chalkboard for the Backyard

How to Make Your Own Chalkboard


How to Make Your Own Chalkboard for the Backyard

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 for the Backyard

How to Make Your Own Chalkboard


  • Plywood, 4 x 4 feet (or whatever dimensions you want for your chalkboard)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood primer
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk


First, sand your wood. I didn’t do this, but wish I had.

Prime wood for DIY chalkboard

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.)

How to Make Your Own Chalkboard - Applying chalkboard paint

Then, paint with two coats of chalkboard paint, letting the paint dry completely between coats.

How to Make an Outdoor Chalkboard - Paint Types

You can use paint in a can or spray paint. Both work, although I like the paint you can apply with a brush better.

Rubbing a new homemade chalkboard with chalk

Finally, rub chalk all over the new chalkboard…

Priming a new chalkboard for use

…and rub it in with an eraser or cloth…

Preparing a new chalkboard for use

…like so.

Drawing on the new diy outdoor chalkboard

Now, make your chalk masterpieces!

Drawings and Games on the Homemade Chalkboard

And play your chalk games!

More DIY Chalkboards for Kids

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    isabel adonis
    August 18, 2018 at 4:37 am

    We have a huge indoor chalkboard. Its great for children to do their art, their maths and all sorts of stuff. Any mistakes can be quickly erased with no lasting evidence…

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