24 Chalkboard Crafts You've Got to Try

Chalk it up to its Pinterest popularity, or maybe it's the fact that it is just so versatile, but we're crazy for chalkboard paint. Check out our favorite chalkboard crafts, and try a few for yourself!

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March 25, 2015
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Serving Tray

Step up your hosting game by serving guests drinks on a chalkboard serving tray while putting your cocktail ingredients on display. Get the instructions here.

Labeled Toy Storage

Create easy storage even the kids can get behind by adding simple chalk labels to toy boxes, buckets or bins.

DIY Gift Tag

Save money on store-bought gift tags by creating your own crafty chalkboard canvas, a special detail gift recipients are bound to notice.

Chalkboard Pavers

Welcome friends and family to your home with adorable chalkboard pavers. You can write out a sweet message or leave the artistic displays to the kids. Learn to make chalkboard pavers here.

Painted Planters

A trendy update for the classic terra cotta pot, these chalkboard-covered planters can be decorated and redecorated depending on your mood. Simple plant names or a cool design? The decision is all your own!

Wine Charms

Wine charms are a great idea when they aren't hiding in cluttered kitchen drawers; but to make life a little simpler, Sabrina Soto decided to paint the bottom of her stemware with chalkboard paint. Now each guest will have no problem keeping track of their glass.

Upcycled Art

Found objects make for some of the most interesting decor. Give your object new life with a coat of chalkboard paint and a favorite quote as seen on the salvaged door featured here.

Chalkboard Lunchbox

This cool chalkboard lunchbox is a smart way to let kids update their own lunchbox or a great idea for road trips. Just fill the box with chalk, paper, crayons and stickers, and you've got the perfect artbox to keep kids occupied. Learn to make a chalkboard lunchbox here.

Custom Dresser

Give each family member a place to drop their hat, gloves, etc. with a custom dresser in the entryway. Make things even simpler by creating a chalkboard label for each drawer.

Wall Cover

Give your home a scholarly quality with an entire chalkboard wall. Leave it plain for a modern matte look, or chalk it up for a fun, laidback vibe.

Chalkboard Placemat

Doodle while you eat with this fun placemat. Just cover any cloth placemat with clear chalkboard paint to achieve the same effect.

Fridge Art

It's easy to keep track of your grocery list and keep the kids' artwork on display when you give an old fridge a new chalkboard finish.

Chalkboard Advent Calendar

A chalkboard wall makes it easy to update the home for every holiday or event. Create a simple advent calendar by tacking up a few treat bags and outlining with a Christmas tree shape. How easy is that? Learn to make a chalkboard Advent calendar here.

Personalized Headboard

Make your own headboard by painting a cut piece of wood with chalkboard paint. Add a pretty silhouette like designer Maureen Toribio did here for a pulled-together look. Silhouette image courtesy of Susie Harrington of Petite Prints

Permanent Placemats

Keeps kids polite and occupied while at the dinner table by giving them an appropriate outlet for creative energy. These pretty chalkboard placemats are a step above crumpled paper tablecloths and crayons.

Meal Plan

Maintain an ongoing shopping list, or let family and guests in on the dinner plan with a quaint chalkboard display.

Chalkboard Fireplace

Who said you have to have a fireplace to enjoy a gorgeous mantel? Just attach a chalkboard to any old mantel for a cozy look without the soot. Learn to make a chalkboard fireplace here.

Chalkboard Canisters

Keep track of snacks and add a little flair to glass canisters with a chalkboard label and delicate details.

Giant Ornaments

Festive on their own and even more fun with an ever-changing holiday greeting, these oversized chalkboard wall ornaments are the perfect accessory for decking the halls. Learn how to make them here.

Kid-Proof Side Table

Transform a plain wooden cube end table into a unique display for kids' art or more adult designs. Once you've landed on the perfect look, simply cover with removable acrylic panels to keep your creation looking fresh. Learn to make a chalkboard side table here.

Kitchen Cabinets

Keep the kids from drawing on the walls, and let them draw on the kitchen cabinets instead!

Thought Bubble Signs

A great way to mix up a friendly message, chalkboard signs designed to look like cartoon thought bubbles are a whimsical way to spread the word. Find the instructions here.

Chalkboard Stocking Name Tag

These easy-to-make burlap stockings with chalkboard name tags are the perfect way to decorate for a rustic Christmas. And they're so easy to make, you may want to use them for all your gifts! Make your own with these instructions.

Pink is the New Black

With all the creative ways to use chalkboard paint, one of the best has to be the traditional chalkboard itself. Paint your board in a vibrant color for a fun spin on the classic look. Learn to make a colorful chalkboard here.

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