Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Make It: Posterboard Faux Chalkboard

posterboard chalkboard

If I did a google search, I’m sure I will discover that someone thought of this way before me, but for now I’d just like to wallow in my genius-ness and skip the searching, if that’s ok with you.

Like everyone else on the crafty & pinterest scene, I love all the ways in which to use chalkboard paint.  However, it was just a stroke of good fortune that I realized that chalk writes just as nicely on black posterboard - and get this – it even erases!  How cool is that?  None of the mess, time, and cost of using paint.  Hello?  Sign me up!

This is easy peasy, but I took pictures of the process anyway.  Because taking pictures is how I roll.

Posterboard Faux Chalkboard Tutorial

You need:
Picture Frame (Mine is a thrifted and repurposed frame)
Black Posterboard (2 for a $1 at the dollar store)
Staple Gun or Stapler (or the adhesive of your choice)

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Measure your posterboard, cut it to fit your frame, staple on as tight as you can, and voila – a faux chalkboard in less than 5-minutes. 

Since I already had the frame and staples, this project cost me $.50.  Fifty-cents. 

I'm using my chalkboard on an easle so my daughter can easily take it down and write on it, but if you wanted to hang it you can add a little picture hanger on the back.

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And here, showing that it will indeed erase. 

To be fair, I’m not sure if this will hold up to as many writings as a real chalkboard, but it’ll be easy enough to switch out the posterboard when the time comes.

Happy D.I.Y.’ing!



  1. Even if someone else discovered this first, you're still a genius to me because I didn't know you could erase chalk from posterboard. How cool is that?! Lol...I'm I nerd, I know, but it's fun.

  2. I made this after I found a link to your blog on Pinterest and I absolutely love it!! I actually blogged about the messages the kids were leaving me on it and linked you to my blog at

    Thanks again!

    1. Your board turned out so cute! I'm glad you liked the project!

  3. How long did this last?? thanks for the reply!

    1. Believe it or not, this original piece is still going strong! I have used it numerous times and it still looks good. Your mileage may vary, however.

  4. Lol... I thought about it for my son's b day invite and i had to google it and see if anyone has done it before lol...great super cheap way to do it :-) lol.... great that it really worked...


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