What you need
How to Make Chalkboard Signs
Step 1: Prepare the wood
First take all stickers off the birch wood. Be sure to get all the residue off before painting. To do this, you can sand the wood with a fine grade sandpaper if necessary. Luckily, most of the wood won’t need to be sanded because it’s all ready finished.
Step 2: Paint the frame
Mix in a little bit of white paint with your favorite color to get a hue about half as light as the original color. Use a foam brush to paint the front and sides of your frame with the lightened color. Let this dry before using the stencil.
Next, line your favorite stencil up on the front of the frame where you want the pattern to go, making sure it’s straight. (We got this huge stencil at Hobby Lobby near the paint section, but you can use a smaller stencil, it may just take a little longer to get the pattern over the frame.) Using your favorite color (in it’s original hue) and a mini foam roller gently roll the paint over the front of your frame. Continue to repeat the pattern on the whole frame by lifting and lining up the pattern with what you previously painted. For this portion, you don’t need to wait until it dries, but you can’t if you’d like. Here’s a picture so you can see.
Step 3: Paint the chalkboard
For this portion, I didn’t even have to cut my backing to fit the frame, but you may have to depending on which frame you get. Sand and wipe the sheet of birchwood in preparation for the chalkboard paint. Paint one coat and let dry. Sand again and paint a second coat using a foam paint brush. We taped small cups to the underside of the wood to make sure we didn’t get paint on the table, and it worked great! Let dry completely. Once dry, chalk up the chalkboard using a piece of chalk lengthwise to the board or parallel to the board. Wipe the chalkboard with a dry rag. This will help so that future chalk writing isn’t permnament!
Step 4: How to make chalkboard signs
Now it’s time to put it all together. Lay your frame face down on a table and line your board backing on top. Use a pencil to trace around the edge of the sheet. This will give you the area that your wood glue will go. Use wood glue to bind the two together. Be very careful not to get glue on the chalkboard as it will leave a mark. If you do get some glue leaking on the front, quickly use a warm wet cloth to wipe it off while it’s still wet. Use four small clamps or heavy books (spread evenly on each side) to let the glue set. Follow the directions on your wood glue for dry time.
Step 5: Hang your chalkboard sign
Now since this is such a lightweight project and I hate patching holes in my walls, I decided to use Command Picture Hanging Strips. I absolutely love these and I use them ALL the time! They come off the walls cleanly when you need to replace your decor with something else and are forgiving when it comes to placement. I used a set on each end of the chalkboard and it holds nicely.