Here’s my first attempt at making a chalkboard sign. It was for my daughter’s preschool spring carnival (cowpoke theme). Naturally, I had to do things the “easy” way. Why go out and by a chalkboard when you can make one yourself. wink! wink! No seriously, when one of the parents brought it a piece of plywood (for reuse), I jumped at the idea. Everything I needed was available at the hardware store (see materials below).
Once I got home I started spreading the “plastic wood” over all the holes and cracked in the plywood. When it dried (about 1-2 hours), I started sanding it down with a hand held electric sander. Then I sprayed 1-2 coats of primer and then 1-2 coats of chalkboard paint (letting it dry after each coat of course). The result was a smooth slate-like chalkboard surface. I wasn’t expecting this, but was definitely pleased with the outcome.
As for the design, I basically followed the theme of the event flyer (western, cowpoke, etc). I used regular chalk to create the background and chalk markers (Crafty Croc from Amazon) for the lettering.
There are plenty of other chalkboard designs to check out on the web. I posted my favorites to my Pinterest site.
1 pint of “Plastic wood” to smooth out the deep cracks and holes in the wood.
1 can of enamel spray paint (preferably white)
1 can of Rustoleum chalkboard paint
1 pack of colored chalk
1 pack of chalk markers