DIY Wedding Chalkboard

wedding chalkboard

This DIY wedding chalkboard is hugely versatile. You can write anything you want on the sign and display it at your reception. After the wedding, hang it in your kitchen as a menu board or use it to write love notes to your new hubbie:)

Want to learn how to make a wedding chalkboard?

You will need:

  • Antique frame (I lucked out and found this 1940’s gorgeous frame for $5 at an antique store. It had a rather unexciting marine print inside, which I removed.)
  • Spray paint in desired color to paint the frame
  • chalkboard paint (I used the spray paint version)

Bring your frame outside or into a well ventilated area.

chalkboard wedding

Remove glass, photo and backing from frame. If the backing is smooth and sturdy, keep it. This is what you will use to create your chalkboard.

wedding chalkboard frame

I used brown Tremclad Hammered spray paint. I would recommend this paint for this project!

spray paint

Set your frame on a cardboard box and give it a coat of spray paint. Turn it over and do the same. Let dry according to instructions on can.

antique frame

vintage frame Give it a second coat and let dry.

diy painted frame painted antique frame

Spray backing with chalkboard paint. Let dry according to instructions on can. I gave mine two coats.

chalkboard frame wedding chalkboard

I let mine dry overnight. Once it is dry, place into frame. (This flower painting is the back of the chalkboard backing.)

diy chalkboard diy frame

Write desired message on chalkboard and set out during reception. (It’s a great way to remind your guests to take a wedding favor!)

vintage wedding chalkboard
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  1. Posted by Lindsay Hall on November 9th, 2011 at 12:23pm

    I love this! So simple, yet so full of personality! Thanks for sharing this idea.
  2. Posted by Christina on November 11th, 2011 at 11:43am

    You're welcome Lindsay!
  3. Posted by Mis Detalles on November 25th, 2011 at 6:59am

    Simple and unique, love it thank you for share
  4. Posted by Colby on January 29th, 2012 at 9:28pm

    One thing you forgot to mention-- before you write on the chalkboard, you should turn the chalk on it's side and cover the whole board in a layer of chalk, then wipe it off. This prevents the chalk from being "burned" into the board when you write on it, so that eventually, you can erase the message and write something else. Unless of course you never plan on writing anything else on it!
  5. Posted by Christina on January 29th, 2012 at 9:58pm

    Thanks for the tip Colby. I didn't chalk the board before I wrote on it, and it didn't leave indelible marks. That said, it did work much better after it was chalked and erased.
  6. Posted by Chelsea on August 7th, 2012 at 7:21pm

    I just tried this, followed every direction even those on the can and I can't get the chalk board right. Tried both sides of card board and glass. they both failed... Any suggestions??
  7. Posted by Christina on August 8th, 2012 at 7:51am

    Chelsea, is the backing cardboard? That's not strong enough.... mine was much stronger... like a Masonite material. Don't spray the glass.
  8. Posted by Willi on September 8th, 2012 at 10:06am

    What did you use as the chalkboard? Another painting? About how much did this cost to do?
  9. Posted by k on January 4th, 2013 at 3:23am

    What a delightful idea!!!!!!!! thank you so much for sharing! :)
  10. Posted by Megan Peterson on January 30th, 2014 at 3:11pm

    What a great project! I’ve added a link to one of our pinboards.
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