DIY Framed Chalkboard

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!


About the author


Joely Rogers is the vice president of Frame Destination and has been with the company since its inception. She is interested in all aspects of the artist's life - art history, subject matter research, creativity, media exploration and art techniques, the business of art, art preservation and conservation, and framing and display. Joely is a lifelong artist and paints daily. Her personal website is

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