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DIY Chalkboard for Toddlers


With Shelby being two and a half now I have been brainstorming ideas on basic pre-school activities for her. She loves to count, draw, sing her ABCs and recite her colors. Now is a perfect time to get her used to having “school time”.

One thing I knew I wanted to get her was her o chalkboard we could use during her learning time AND play time but all the chalkboards were either too small or flimsy feeling. So I decided to head to my craft store and make my own chalkboard. Everything I used can be found at Michael’s Crafts but I assume you can find it all at your local craft store too.

I decided on using a sturdy wood for our chalkboard so that it would last but I see a lot of people using canvas. I know my two year old would poke a hole in the canvas in no time though.


What you need:

  • Wood plaque that has already been sanded down. This particular one is 12×16.
  • Painters tape to make a “frame look”
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Your color of choice Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint brushes (you will want a few different sizes)
  • chalk


  1. Taping off your wood plaque is probably going to be the longest process only because you want to measure each side to make it even. I did one inch on each side.
  2. Once your wood plaque is taped off use your Satin Acrylic Craft Paint to paint the outside frame. I started with using the lightest color. Now if you painted your “frame” a dark color you could do the chalkboard part first. Paint the outside “frame”, the sides and back of the wood board. You may want to add a second coat after the first coat dries.
  3. Wait for it to be completely dry before peeling off the painters tape.
  4. Re=frame the board with painters tape. This will block the chalkboard paint from bleeding onto your color “frame”. The easiest way is to match up the painters tape evenly on top of your paint that you made the “frame”
  5. Again, you will want to do a second coat after the chalkboard paint dries. Chalkboard paint dries extremely fast too!
  6. After the chalkboard paint is completely dried you can peel off the painters tape. Do any minor touch-ups if needed.
  7. Using a piece of chalk and paper towel do a quick chalk scratch across the entire chalkboard and then use the paper towel to wipe it off.
  8. Hand over the custom chalkboard to your child and let their imagination run wild!

make a chalkboard

Overall this project did take me a few hours because of letting the paint dry. It was a lot of fun, and very easy. My 8 and 11 year old want to make their own chalkboard too. You can add stickers, or paint your child’s name on the board too for a personalized look!

To wipe clean just use a paper towel or any cloth.



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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.


  1. This is the best little project! Kids love chalkboards. They can leave little messages for mom and dad. Mom and dad can leave messages for them. It’s great.

  2. Back when my kids were young I painted part of a wall in their playroom with this chalk but never thought about making a handheld chalkboard. Nice craft idea!

  3. We did something similar at the beginning of the school year. It is such a great way to get them used to holding something to write.

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