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Chalkboard Crafts: 30+ Ideas You’ll Have to Try!

Get creative with one of these chalkboard crafts! You’re going to love this collection of cute chalkboard ideas for beginners. Great projects for gifts, home decor, crafts, and more.

diy chalkboard projects

So I have a recent obsession – chalkboard paint. Don’t laugh at me . . . I know it’s been popular for quite a while!

And I’ve been using chalkboard paint for quite a while too, but I’ve never loved it as much as I do now, for some reason. I just love chalkboard DIY projects I guess!

The last jar had been stored away for a minute, and recently I broke it out of the stash to do a project – and that reignited my passion. does that ever happen to you?

I’m trying to figure out a bunch of ways to use chalkboard paint these days, so I put together a collection of over 30 ideas that inspire me.

I’ve also throw in a few that use “pre-chalkboarded” surfaces like fabric for good measure.

Tips for Using Chalkboard Paint

I wanted to share a few tips for using this paint if you’re a newbie. Here are five important things you should know:

  1. You can buy it in both brush-on and spray paint forms.
  2. It can be used on many surfaces: wood, terra cotta, paper mache, canvas, and most porous surfaces.
  3. A soft bristle brush, roller, or sponge applicator is the best way to apply.
  4. It is best to apply several thin coats of paint, letting it dry between coats (for 1 hour).
  5. Painted projects should be “conditioned” before use with real chalk (not chalk markers). Follow the instructions on the bottle.
  6. Most chalkboard paint can only be used with real chalk and not chalk markers. Be sure to test your paint in a corner before writing on it with the markers.
  7. Don’t seal your surface! You won’t be able to write on it anymore if you seal over the top.

Are you ready to see some chalkboard crafts? Grab a bottle of chalkboard paint and pick your favorite idea from the list below.

Chalkboard Crafts

Are you looking for some great chalkboard DIY projects? Check out these must try craft ideas!

Ready to get my best chalkboard painting tips? Simply press “PLAY” in the center of the video below:

What are your favorite chalkboard ideas? I’d love to know in the comments, as well as your best tips for using the paint! I’d also love for you to check out the following craft posts:


Friday 7th of March 2014

Thanks for featuring my chalkboard lazy susan! :) What a nice surprise!