5 Minute DIY: Chalkboard Frames

Today’s DIY is so fast and easy you could probably do it with your eyes closed (note: please do not do this project with your eyes closed). Since I finally got my Flip camera working again I decided to show you the process for both the DIY Chalkboard Frames and DIY Decorated Chalkboards, on film. I’ve also included a short written tutorial below (sans images) for those of you who prefer.

I hope you will love this project and have loads of fun with it. Just beware that it is so easy that you might find yourself running to the craft store multiple times just so you can keep making more. Afterall these frames are great for decorating your home, using as party decor, props at a wedding, gift giving, and more. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. xo Ez

DIY Chalkboard Frame:

  1. Purchase mini chalkboard(s) at your local craft store in whatever sizes you’d like (I’ve also included an online shop link at the bottom of this post for those of you who are interested). They run between 2-5 dollars a piece. Also pick up some 2.75″ bulldog clips (these can also be found in the art supply section of your craft store or in office supply stores (I’ve included an online shopping link for these below as well).
  2. Take your chalkboard (it can be used either horizontally or vertically) and clip your bulldog clip to the top edge. That’s it!
  3. Attach desired photos, artwork, notes, etc. beneath your clip and hang on a nail using the holes on your bulldog clip.
  4. If you’d like more decorative frame, follow the next tutorial below for the simple how-to.

For written the directions of the DIY Decorated Chalkboards, visit my post here.

Supplies found online: X-Acto Brand Bulldog Clips from Blick Art Materials | Mini Chalkboards | Sharpie Water-based Paint Pen in white. The Mechanical Animal Paper Doll is from Oh My Cavalier!.

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  1. marichelle / / Reply

    OK. You kill me. How awesome is that "Don't put off your happy life"??!!!??? You should sell them – coz you know how you have soooo much time on your hands :) xo

  2. Laura / / Reply

    So easy and cheap, EZ!
    got a birthday coming up, so.. haha!

  3. Greta / / Reply

    Just writing to say that I thought that your speaking voice in the videos was so clear, and that – for whatever it's worth – I was very impressed by the video presentations! Your site continues to be an inspiration. Wishing you all the very best :)

  4. Laura Gaskill / / Reply

    Yay! This is such a cute and doable project, I literally did a little happy dance here in my seat when I saw it :) I remember your decorated chalkboard tutorial from the holidays, and I loved that for gifting…but I want these for myself! I see a trip to the craft store in my near future… xoxo Laura

  5. Drew / / Reply

    Loving the little pomeranian!! I have one so of course I squealed over this!

  6. Meli (Blush + Jelly) / / Reply

    What a fun project! This is a great idea for a party – use the chalkboard as name cards that can later be used as party favors! Might make some for my next dinner party. :)

  7. Wendy / / Reply

    One question… do those pens wipe off or are they permanent on the chalkboard?

  8. Ez / / Reply

    Oh good question Wendy! I should have mentioned that. These pens are permanent and will not wipe off. They do sell chalk pens that wipe off, but I haven't tried those. Might be a nice non-permanent option to try though. :-)

  9. Ez / / Reply

    And thank you all for your kind comments! I'm glad you liked my little DIY. xo Ez

  10. amber / / Reply

    oh no! simple and instant gratification = addicting project! thanks so much for this diy! chaklboard frames and bulldog clips–what a great pair!

  11. heather / / Reply

    i love the video post! would love to see more of these in the future. thanks, ez!

  12. Erin / / Reply

    this idea is simply genious! I'm seriously headed to the craft store today to pick up some of these cute little chalkboards…I think I will hang them on a wall in my loft, along with some clipboards, as an inexpensive way to showcase my kids ever-changing array of artwork!

  13. Erin / / Reply

    …and i loved this so much, I blogged about it @ wonderwren.blogspot.com Thanks again Ez!!! <3

  14. Ez / / Reply

    Thank you all again so much for your kind comments! xo Ez

  15. Itaya / / Reply

    So simple but this definitely brings out the artist/crafter/grandmother in me! Can see using these for daily inspirational reminders as well as putting photos of my little grandson. Thank you! :)

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