Kate starts 4K exactly two weeks from today, and we’re getting in the back to school spirit with these DIY Decorative Chalkboards. They’re perfect for “First Day of School” pictures, welcome signs for your favorite teacher’s classroom, or to hang in the homework area of your home. And – unlike watching your only child start her first day of school (#sobchoke) – these are easy!
For decorative chalkboards framed with #2 pencils, I used a plain 12×12″ chalkboard from JoAnn Fabrics, a package of pencils, wood glue, and a compound miter saw (optional*).
Simply apply wood glue to one side of a pencil and adhere to your frame! I didn’t want the black #2 stamp showing for my frame, so that’s the side I glued down. Press glued side of the pencil into the frame for a few seconds to secure and then move on to your next pencil. Keep your project flat for at least an hour after all of your pencils have been applied to ensure that the pencils do not shift or slide while your project dries completely.
I wanted my pencil border to go all the way around the chalkboard frame, so I used a compound miter saw to trim my pencils when needed. Glue your full-size pencils to the side of your frame first, starting at the corner. Then line up your next pencil and make a mark where it needs to be cut. I marked both pencils at the same time so their cut lines would be even.
*Don’t have a miter saw? You can make a version of this project without doing any cutting! Center full-sized pencils on each side of the frame for balanced look, or change it up and stagger them all the way around. You’ll end up with some of your original frame still showing, but still get that fun pencil look!
For the taller chalkboard, I simply applied two different kinds of washi tape onto the frame:
Easier than your ABCs!
In my next post I’ll share with you some tips for how to do perfect chalkboard lettering that looks so good people will think you majored in it in college. Stay tuned!
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