A Sweet and Simple Craft: Reusable Mini Chalkboards

Who doesn't love chalkboard paint? Turn any shape into a reusable canvas with this great idea from craft columnist Andrea Tomkins

Staging Father’s Day Breakfast!

I love chalkboard paint, don’t you? There are so many things you can do with it, but until this week I hadn’t bought any because I had (wrongly) assumed it wasn’t available in smaller containers for craft projects. Well guess what, it is! Yay!

What you’ll need:
• Chalkboard paint
• Sponge brush
• Sturdy blank shapes for painting (I would have liked to use super thin pieces of balsa wood, but these blank cardboard heart shapes from the dollar store worked just fine for this purpose.)
• Chalk
• Hole punch and ribbon (optional)

Tip: Michaels carries a brand of chalkbard paint called Craft Smart, and it comes in 59 mL containers and costs about two bucks. It comes in black and traditional chalkboard green. We chose black.

Our mini-chalkboard in progress

Do note that you need to make this project at least 24 hours before using it or attaching it to a gift. The paint needs to cure, so give yourself time.


1. Paint your shape, making sure that you follow the manufacturer’s directions. It will need two coats. Apply one vertically, let dry for an hour, and then apply the second coat horizontally. Let it sit for 24 hours.

2. If you like, punch a hole in the corner of your shape and attach it to a gift with a piece of pretty ribbon.

3. Write your message or draw a picture!

The best thing about this craft is that you can apply it to any number of different occasions. You can use it as a place card at dinnertime, in lieu of a birthday card, as a note for your teacher, or use it to write a special message for dad on Father’s Day.

Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.

One response to “A Sweet and Simple Craft: Reusable Mini Chalkboards”

  1. Barbara (@OttMomGo) says:

    Thanks for this. At the Art Gallery of Ontario, they have chalkboard shapes on dowels in the kids room. I hadn’t thought of making my own though. With a birthday party coming up, the idea is well-timed.