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DIY Mini Chalkboard + Tutorial

Mini Message Chalkboard A few months ago, when designing the entryway in my loft, I decided to include a message board to introduce guests to my shoe-free home. I had picked up an overly ornate gold and linen frame at a second hand store for next to nothing and found a piece of foam board easy to fit without needing power tools. I knew I wanted to paint the foam board with the chalkboard paint and without much thought, ended up painting the entire frame. I loved it! It had a stylish coffee shop look, understated yet interesting. You can see the finished message board in the photo below. Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to make a mini chalkboard that can hang over a door nob, on a wall or in a bookshelf. Initially I was imagining it being placed over a door nob with the words “baby sleeping”, but since my loft has sliding doors, I used mine to decorate a bookshelf. In any case, this mini message board can be a sweet little chalkboard sign that is great for many uses.

Entry Way Chalkboard Mini Chalkboard Here is the simple tutorial on how to make this mini chalkboard. You could use any color of paint for the frame if your do not want the tone on tone look. If your frame does not have the metal hoop on top, simply glue your ribbon behind the felt on the back of the frame. For this tutorial your supplies are: mini frame, foam board, felt, scissors, chalkboard paint, paint brush, hot glue gun, ribbon and chalk. Someday when I live in a home with a door nob, I will post a photo of my original inspiration.  Enjoy ~ Lia

Mini Message Chalkboard Tutorial

  1. Please let me know what paint was used for the black buffet beneath the framed chalkboard. Was it chalk paint. I would truly appreciate any details you have.

  2. Very nice idea. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Where did you get this frame?

  4. Love this! Do I have to put felt on the back? What if the frame has glass? Just toss it? and I got $$ store foam board, will that work?
    (sorry about all the questions)

    • I added the felt so it looked more finished, but you don’t have to. I did just toss my glass. I think the dollar store foam will work. If it seems thin, just add two layers. The reason I used foam board is for the easy oval cut. I don’t have power tools to cut one from wood. :-)

  5. so stinkin’ cute! I have been on a frame collection craze lately…the thrift stores must love me. My husband…not so much-ha! You have inspired me to make 2 kinds of memo boards for our women’s club fundraiser auction!

  6. Where do I buy the foam board? It sure is cute!

  7. I won’t have time to sleep anymore if I keep finding more and more incredible projects to make on your awesome blog Lia. You have so many wonderful projects, I want to make one after the other, such inspiration.
    I have a couple or so of those frames so think I’ll be making your project soon. Love that ribbon, will have to try to find something similar. So many projects, so little time. I find I’m changing color preferences and ideas with your blog. It’s good getting different perspective. Happy days

  8. I just found your blog through pinterest. All of your projects are swoon worthy! I love how you haunt Craigslist for furniture, like I do. You are frugal- but the design of your space looks expensive. You’re a great inspiration to me!

    • Thanks Becky! Don’t you think a piece of furniture is more fun when there is a story and maybe some upcycling to it? I love hunting for finds.

  9. This is so so cute! Love the ribbon you chose too! What exactly is the purpose of the foam board? I have seen so many cute frames at thrift stores too that would make a perfect base for this project. Is it easy to clean/wipe off? Thanks!!

    • Thanks Megan. The only purpose of the foam board is that I could cut it without power tools. :-) If the frame comes with a solid wood backer. . . even better!!

  10. Hi There,
    I was interested in your chalkboard tags.
    Are they still available?

    • Hi Zoey! I was just working on a new chalkboard printable today and thought I should repost those onto this blog. In the meantime I will email you the PDF. :-)

  11. I could spend hours being inspired by pages such as these! Thank you!

  12. This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing. I love using this to ask/remind guests to remove their shoes before entering the house. It can be an awkward subject to bring up.

  13. This is absolutely adorable!

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