DIY Chalkboard Frame

Sweet 16 party

I’m turning into quite the crafter. Pinterest has given me all sorts of new found ideas and I’m running with them. It’s not really because I’m a crafty person, but mostly because I’m stubborn and I think “how hard could that be?” And okay you got me, the whole saving money thing is appealing. Why have I been so crafty lately you ask? We recently threw a sweet 16 soiree for our daughter. I know, I know you’re thinking how can she possibly have a 16 year old right? Because that’s what I think when I think about it. Gah. I figured she was only turning 16 once and that we should do it up. Do it up on my budget meant do it yourself. So Pinterest to the rescue. I thought a chalkboard frame would look fantastic at the entrance of her party tent (and it did).


If you would like to make your own DIY Chalkboard frame you will need the following items for this DIY project:

  1. Wood Frame
  2. Wood Backing
  3. Chalkboard Spray Paint
  4. Finishing Nails
  5. Hammer

Chalkboard Spray Paint
The hardest part was finding a frame that I loved that was in my budget. After going to OH I don’t know what seemed like a gazillion stores and flea markets I found the one above at a local antique place. It was already painted white and distressed. We measured (twice, always measure at least twice, you’ll thank me) and then headed to our local hardware store to purchase the wood for the backing, they even cut it to fit. Score. While we were there we picked up a can of chalkboard spray paint (Less than $5. What a deal) and some finishing nails.

DIY Chalkboard Frame

Next up was painting. Spray paint makes it super easy. I used 3 coats and it was just enough. However, be sure to follow the directions on your spray paint can. Once it dried it was ready to assemble. A quick (and gentle) whack whack of the hammer and it was ready for chalking.

DIY Chalkboard Frame

I can see us using this at many family gatherings, parties and even over the holidays on the mantle. It’s going to get a lot of use!

Happy crafting!




  1. 1

    OooooO I love it Paula!

  2. 2

    You go girl! So proud of your craftiness!

  3. 3

    This is so cute! The party looked amazing too, I know your daughter loved it!

  4. 4

    The space turned out so perfect, Paula!

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