A few weeks ago I made this rustic DIY chalkboard from a few leftover project supplies…in other words, free.
I was working on something else and it was more of an afterthought while I had my tools out. What a great gift idea, right?
How to make a rustic DIY chalkboard.
I pilfered wood from my wood pile of 1″x 3″ boards that are someday going to make their way onto my studio wall as a planked wall. For now, they are easy picking for other projects. I made the new wood look weathered with my no chemical wood tea stain recipe.
Cut the board into 4 pieces with a compound miter saw set to a 45 degree angle. I knew I wanted the frame to have a 13″ opening so I measured the inside cut at 13″. I used my combination square to mark the cut line for the angle and then glued the edges together.
Cut a piece of ready-made chalkboard with a jig saw to fit just over the inside frame edges. Give yourself plenty of overlap, at least 1 1/2 to 2″. The jigsaw will not cut a pretty edge on the chalkboard and you’ll want plenty of area to attach the frame. Home Depot carries 2 x 4 sheets of this for about $8 a sheet. You can make lots of chalkboard gifts with one sheet! I attached the chalkboard to the back of my wood frame with my Ryobi Airstrike nail gun and 3/4″ brad nails.
Hanging hardware can be pricey, but a friend of mine shared her resource on this killer deal for D-ring hangers!
I used my Bistro Chalk Markers to decorate my rustic DIY chalkboard with a holiday message.
…and hung it in my space at the new Sweet Sage Pickers building on Bay Pines Blvd in Seminole.
I think this is such a good gift idea, aren’t chalkboards useful everywhere? You could easily make a handful of rustic DIY chalkboards for less than $4 each.
Put a fun message on them and give as gifts.
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