DIY Framed Chalkboard

Written by Joely Rogers

I’ve always loved the look of chalkboard menus, especially ones with little drawings next to the menu items. Framed chalkboards have become a popular home and office décor item. They are extremely easy to make, so I decided to create one for my office.

Today’s example uses a piece of 12”x 24”, 1/4” thick craft plywood, chalkboard paint, and our Wood Picture Frame Profile 215 in Blue/Black to create an elegant, yet practical chalkboard for your kitchen, office, or craft room. *Note – if you are ordering a wood frame from us select a point depth that is just slightly larger than the thickness of your plywood. For example, if your plywood is 1/4” thick select 5/16” for the point depth.


  • One 8 fl. oz. container of FolkArt® Chalkboard Paint
  • One piece 1/4” craft plywood (available at hobby stores)
  • One wood picture frame with a hanging kit cut to fit your plywood


Step 1

Paint one side of the craft plywood with the chalkboard paint. The paint’s directions recommend at least 2 coats. (I did 3 coats.) Let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next.


Step 2

Once the plywood is completely dry, place it inside the frame and attach whatever hanging apparatus you are using.


Step 3

Hang your new chalkboard and doodle to your heart’s content!


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