31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboard

So far the things we’ve done for 31 Days of Handmade Christmas have fallen into two categories:  decor or gifts.  This one’s no different, but it can be used as either!

Chalkboards are so hot right now, guys.  They’re all over Pinterest and Etsy.  And they’re even better if you have a knack for lettering.

so hot right now.

Mugatu knows.

So today I’m throwing together a couple of easy, fast rustic chalkboards that make great gifts or decor on a shelf.  These come together in less than an hour and cost me about $10 because I used scrap wood.  Total cost might run to $20 or more if you buy new wood.

Materials (for one chalkboard)

9″x11″ 1/4″ Plywood (A/B if you can get it – it’ll be a little more expensive but the surface will be much smoother)
4ft 1×2 boards (I used pallet slats cut down to 1″ wide on a table saw)
1″ Finish nails or brads
Wood glue
Sandpaper
Chalkboard paint (spray is easiest!)

Tools

Circular saw
Miter saw (or hand saw and miter box)
Hammer (or nail gun, which is what I used)Sander

Putting It Together

Start by cutting your plywood base to 9″x11″:

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboards by Sprinkles and Sawdust

I cut two because I’m going to make them two different ways.

Sand it well and paint it with chalkboard paint.

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboards by Sprinkles and Sawdust

Now take your 1×2 and cut two 9″ lengths and two 8″ lengths and fit them together into a rectangle (longer ones on top) to ensure a proper fit.

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboards by Sprinkles and Sawdust

Now glue and nail them onto the chalkboard (after it dries – pay no attention to the fact that clearly this one isn’t dry…).

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboards by Sprinkles and Sawdust

Alternate Cuts

You can also take your 1×2 and cut it into two 9″ lengths and two 11″ lengths, and then cut 45 degree miters on each end:

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboards by Sprinkles and Sawdust

They make a very nice frame for the chalkboard.  These are a little more difficult to make, since it takes much more precise measurements to make your miters fit snugly together.

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboards by Sprinkles and Sawdust

Here they are finished!

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboards by Sprinkles and Sawdust

Once again, ignore the fact that the chalkboard paint is clearly still wet. I rushed these. Don’t rush yours.

Here they are done and drawn on!

31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Rustic Chalkboards by Sprinkles and Sawdust

Once these are dry and ready, you’ll need to do one more thing:  take a piece of chalk and rub it on its side all over the chalkboard area and then erase.  Leslie tells me this is called “seasoning” the chalkboard paint, which I guess is like seasoning an iron frying pan but, well, a lot different.  I don’t know.

These are infinitely customizable, which makes them an ideal gift.  You can paint the frame or even stain it if you used nice wood.  You can add letters or ribbon or anything else you can think of!

If you try these out, let us know in the comments!  Check out our other 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Projects – visit our 31 Days 2016 Landing Page.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter!

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