How to Make Large Christmas Ornament Chalkboards

To bring festive style to a hallway, living room or kitchen, hang these giant holiday wall ornaments.
By: Brittni Mehlhoff

Deck the Halls

In a group, these sweet chalkboard wall ornaments make a great message center for quick notes or holiday wishes.

Tools and Materials

For this holiday craft, you will need 10” precut lightweight wood circles; 2 wood craft rectangles (one 3-1/2” long and one 5” long); wood glue; clear chalkboard paint; several paintbrushes in various sizes; and acrylic craft paint in various colors.

Choose Your Color

Paint the circle with 1 to 2 coats of acrylic craft paint. Let the paint dry completely.

Add Contrast

Use a contrasting color to paint a slightly curved line 2 to 3 inches from the top of the circle and another curved line 2 to 3 inches from the bottom of the circle.

Fill It In

Paint the space in between the two lines to create a decorative band around the circle. Let dry.

Create a Border

Use a different color paint to create a thin border on both the top and bottom of the band.

Swirl Happy

Paint a decorative swirl or line in the middle band.

Touch It Up

When the paint is dry, make any necessary touchups. Apply a thin, even coat of clear chalkboard paint in a horizontal direction over the top of the circle. Wait one hour (or according to manufacturer’s instructions) and then apply another coat of chalkboard paint, this time in a vertical direction. Allow the paint to dry for a full 24 hours so it can cure.

Metal Top

To make the ‘‘metal” top piece for the ornament, paint 1 to 2 coats of gray acrylic paint over the rectangular wood piece. Let it dry.

Attach Rectangle

Turn the circle over so the painted side is facing down. Use wood glue to attach the gray-painbgted rectangle to the back side of the circle, centered at the top. You will want 1 to 2 inches of the rectangle to peek over the top of the circle.

Add Dimension

Use wood glue to attach the longer wood rectangle to the back of the circle, underneath the other rectangle. This will allow the ornament to sit slightly off of the wall to give it a little more dimension. Wait for the glue to fully dry, according to the instructions on the bottle.

Hang It Up

Lastly, attach a small wall hook or self-adhesive hanging strip to the back, and it is ready to display!

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