We are gearing up for our son and new daughter-in-law’s Open House this coming weekend! More fun times that is for sure. On my list is: How To Make Cardboard Chalkboard Signs.
For the Open House we are have 4 kinds of pizza (made in a wood fire pizza oven in a back yard!) and 6 kinds of homemade cakes, so each one needs a label.
For our son’s wedding, I made chalkboard signs for the food, and I promised you a tutorial for it. They are so easy and they turn out great.
Learning How To Make Cardboard Chalkboard Signs starts off by making my own chalkboard paint.
1/2 cup black craft paint
2 tsp non-sanded grout
2 Tbl water
I mixed until it was smooth.
For my “chalkboard”, I used a cracker box, but you can also use a cereal box, or even a shoe box.
I painted on the back side of the box. As you can see, the labeled side doesn’t absorb the paint as easily.
As the paint dries the cardboard does begin to curl. I let it dry about 3 minutes, then I laid my heavy scissors on the “sign” for about about 5 minutes and then my signs stayed laid completely flat.
Let your new chalkboard dry for at least 12 hours. Then use the side of your chalk to cover the “board” . When you are done covering it-wipe it clean with a paper towel. Your “chalkboard” is now ready for writing. (I also painted the back with plain black paint to hide the label)
To make a “stand” for my chalkboards, I folded a piece of cardstock in half and used a template as my pattern.
Here is my stand ready for my chalkboard. Yay! OH!! These would be great for your Thanksgiving dinner and any Holiday parties you might be throwing, too.
More ideas from my blog that you might enjoy…
Framed Cereal Box Chalkboard Craft
Lavender and White Fall Tablescape
So cute! I am a new follower of yours. I have some chalkboard spray paint and haven’t quite decided how to use it. This is very clever.
Thanks for being a new follower!! I LOVE that you will be here often. Thanks for your sweet comments!!
Joel Jones says
Didn’t know you could make your own caulk board paint. O.K.
Also, I love making your own stands. We can use that idea in the store all the time.
SUPER easy-they are perfect for you!! Let me know if you make some :)
Holly Lefevre says
How darn cute are those and those holders…genius!
Thanks Holly! I always love your comments!! I am glad you stopped by! Come back again soon.
Jessi @ Practically Functional says
Great idea for the food! I made two little tiny chalkboards to use as props for our anniversary photos the same way and they turned out great.
Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!
Isn’t it amazing what can be done with cereal boxes! ;>) I’m love, love, loving the stands… would you be willing to share the template?
Thanks so much Susan. You are too kind. You bet, I am willing to share the template. This coming week I will post it.
Thanks for stopping by!!
So cute! Love this idea – way more affordable than using wood.
Hi Meegan, Love this idea. Is this the same receipe for chalk paint that you are using on furniture? If so, what kind of grout are you using- the epoxy?
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Hi Deb, Thanks for asking. I am using a non-sanded grout. Without any color added. Then I can use it for any projects and any colors.
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