Tag Archives: Chalkboard Paint

DIY Chalkboard Jar Lids

By Home Decor Contributor Typhanie, from TP Design.

Use Clear Chalkboard Paint to create colorful chalkboard lids without the extra mess! Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I’ve always been told that being organized is one of the key ingredients to having a happy and healthy home. In fact, my own motto is “A place for everything, so everything can return to its place”. Keeping with that theme, I came up with this very colorful project to help keep a busy pantry or cupboard organized. If you have kids, this is a great project to include them in. They can have their very own color jar to label their snacks and candy with. Hope you guys give this project a try…Happy Organizing Everyone!

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Chalkboard Laundry Basket Signs

By General Crafts Contributor Sara, from the blog Clever Pink Pirate.

Chalkboard Laundry Basket Signs at ThinkCrafts.com

I love all the beautiful Laundry rooms that people create with DIY Signs, colored walls and more. For me, I just need a functional laundry room (with a little bit of style in there). Since my laundry room is smaller, any chance of a laundry sorter had to be done on top of the washer and dryer. I purchased 4 laundry baskets and broke them out as so:

Whites, Lights, Darks and Jeans/Towels

It’s nice because my kids are at an age where they can come down and sort their own laundry. To make it easier, I made little chalkboard laundry signs for them and attached them to the laundry baskets.

Chalkboard Laundry Basket Signs at ThinkCrafts.com

What you’ll need:

How To:

Wipe the wooden pieces clear of any dust or wood particles.

Coat the wood on one side with the black chalkboard paint, let dry and repeat if needed.

Let dry for 24 hours, then cure the painted wood by taking a piece of chalk and rubbing the sides of it along the paint.

After curing, wipe the chalk away.

Take the Crop-A-Dile and punch the holes where you would like, one on each side.

Write down the sorted names on the boards.

Feed the twine through each hole, then tie to the laundry baskets.


Chalkboard Notebook

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano

A way to create a doodle-worthy surface on a notebook without having to draw over previous designs or scratch them out is to make a chalkboard notebook. Whether you’re using the notebook as a journal or taking notes during class, you likely don’t want to stare at a boring cover which is one of the reasons many decorate or doodle on it in the first place. The chalkboard notebook is easy to make and will allow you to repeatedly decorate and erase as often as you’d like.

What you need:

1.  Start by applying the chalkboard paint in a horizontal layer across the front of the notebook. For right now, don’t worry if you’re able to see through the paint in some spots. Let it dry thoroughly on the vinyl placemat before moving onto the next step.

2.  Apply the chalkboard paint in a vertical layer across the front of the notebook. This time focus on applying extra paint in spots that are slightly transparent.

3.  Repeat steps 1 and 2 one to two more times until there’s a solid layer of paint on the front cover.

4.  Repeat steps 1 – 3 for the back cover as well.

5.  Use chalk to doodle to your heart’s content. Avoid pressing hard with the chalk otherwise you could scrape the paint off.

You can use a chalkboard eraser over the paint, but if you want to clean it, use only a slightly damp paper towel.

Painted Chalkboard Candy Jar

By General Crafts Contributor Sara, from the blog Clever Pink Pirate.

Painted Chalkboard Candy Jar

One of the best things about the Fall are the candy and treats. Especially candy corn! I created a Pumpkin Candy Jar that could be displayed on Halloween and Thanksgiving.

I found this jar at the dollar store and saw the “squares” and thought they would make a great chalkboard base. Without having to search for a certain color of chalkboard paint, I found the DecoArt Clear Chalkboard Coating. It can turn any surface into a chalkboard surface!

After using it, I know this coating will last me forever because a little goes a long way, and it works great!

To create the Pumpkin Candy Jar you’ll need:

Directions : 

Coat the jar in the orange spray paint, repeat the process twice so there are 2 coats on the jar.

Coat the lid and drawer handle in green spray paint, twice.

After the jar is dried, take the chalkboard coating and coat it on the desired location, horizontally with a foam brush. Allow 1 hour to dry, then spread another coat on it vertically. Allow 24 hours for it to set, then cure it.

To cure: take the side of the chalk and spread it horizontally and vertically across the coated area. Wipe clean.

The jar is ready for chalk writing!

To finish the lid, glue the handle to the top of the lid, so it looks like a pumpkin.

**Tip, be sure to cover the top while spray painting so spray paint does not get in the jar where food/candy will be held.

Craft Trends – Chalkboard Paint

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

It is, perhaps, one of the most versatile craft products out there. From decor to kids crafts to gifts to EVERYTHING, chalkboard paint is awesome.

Where once upon a time, chalkboard paint was only available in traditional black, with the occasional option of school green, now chalkboard paint comes in a wide range of colors from a variety of brands. We’ve even got a glimmer, spray on variety. And that means that the type of project that chalkboard paint can be applied to is wider than ever. So many possibilities, so many different colors.

Over the years we’ve featured several projects that used chalkboard paint. We’ve made signs and trays and boards and labels, and one of my favorites (because we use them almost everyday in our house) chalkboard placements. But that’s really just a jumping off point. The more I think about chalkboard paint, the more projects I come up with that I just can’t wait to try.

Chalkboard Trays

I love love love these chalkboard painted ribbons, BRILLIANT. I can see them in Christmas colors- ribbons and tag all in one!

Or speaking of Christmas, my kids beg every year to have a tree in their room, this year they may just get one of these chalkboard paint and fabric trees. How fun! Think of the hours of entertainment drawing (and redrawing) ornaments, tinsel and lights!

We’ve got lots of colors available and many more products to paint with them, so give our archives a peek and our Craft Trends Pinterest Board a gander and see what inspiration you can find!

First Day of School Sign

By Kid’s Craft Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

I still cannot believe that my daughter is starting Kindergarten this year.  I mean really I just had her yesterday right? At least that is what it feels like.  Well since this is a huge milestone in her life as well as ours you know we are going to celebrate with pictures and lots of them right.  So I thought we could make a cute first day of school sign for her to hold for some of the pictures.  And by using a chalkboard we can use it each year and then I can scrapbook all the pictures. 

I had originally planned to get a wooden plaque & chalkboard paint to make the sign when I found this cute mini wood chalkboard.  If you are not as lucky as I was, then you can use chalkboard paint to create the same thing.  This would also give you the chance to use different shapes if you like.  And no worries chalkboard paint is very easy to use and you can get it in almost any color you want. 

Once our sign was done, I had my daughter take a test picture.  And I did not cry at all!

Craft Supplies:


Paint the wood around your chalkboard with your yellow paint (if you are using a wood plaque & chalkboard paint, start by painting your chalkboard area with the chalkboard paint then paint around it in your yellow paint to create a border).


Once the paint dries, glue your Apple & School Bus onto the bottom corners of the chalkboard.

If your foam letters are stickers then just peal the backs and stick them on the top of your frame, if they are not stickers then use your glue to glue them on.

Now use your Chalk to write 1st Day on your board, or you can put Kindergarten or 1st Grade or well anything you want. The beauty of using chalkboard paint is you can change your mind and write something else later, and you can reuse the board next year or with your other kids.

DIY Chalkboard Placemat

By Home Decor Contributor Typhanie, from the blog Shoebox Decor.

I love chalkboard paint. There are so many great things you can do with it. Chalkboard paint has been one of my favorite craft trends because you can turn just about anything into a chalkboard. Chalkboard Placemats are one of the more entertaining and easy projects you can do. These placemats are a great way to say I love you or help your little ones with their homework. These Chalkboard Placemats are a cute idea for dinner parties, wedding, and events. I hope you like them and give the project a try…Happy Crafting Everyone!

Craft Supplies needed:

  1. Chalkboard Paint
  2. Spray Primer
  3. Placemats
  4. Mini roller kit
  5. Chalk

Step one:

Prime your placemats. Let dry for 20 minutes.

Step Two:

While primer is drying, stir the chalkboard paint. Very important step! You want to make sure you mix thoroughly.

Step Three:

Pour a small amount of paint into your mini roller tray.

Step Four:

After the primer is dry, roll on your first coat of paint making sure to cover the entire mat. I only painted one side of the mat.

Step Five:

Wash out your roller and wait 4 hours before applying the second coat.

Step Six:

Apply second coat. After second coat is dry wait for 3 days (Yup, three whole days) before writing on your new chalkboard placemat.

Hope you enjoyed! If you want to make your own chalkboard paint, check out my recipe here.

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