If you're like me and (obsessively) browse Pinterest and Etsy, you've seen the zillions of adorable chalkboard signs floating around the interwebs. Big, small, framed, plain, hanging, standing, you name it- these cute signs are everywhere, and I love all of 'em. My faves are the big sandwich-style menu boards that delis and restaurants put out on sidewalks to advertise their specials. I wanted to buy one off Etsy, but- to my utter dismay- a "cheaper" sign was well over $100. Soooo... I decided I could build one myself. And in this instance, myself means my husband.
Building one board took a solid afternoon, counting the time spent at the hardware store. Our total for materials was about $45, so the savings was well worth time spent for us. The first turned out so awesome we made a second! Oh, and by the way, these boards are LARGE- 4 feet tall! If you want a smaller size you could easily cut the boards we used in half (see instructions below).
Another thing- we used a cordless power drill. It makes life sooo much easier with projects like this. If you don't have one, borrow one or invest in one! On the chance that neither of those is possible, maaayyyybeeee you could use super strong wood glue? Then attach the hinges by hand? Ugh- it just sounds tedious. Do yourself a massive favor and get a drill. :)
These boards have a multitude of uses- parties, showers, holidays- use them to list your evening's menu at a dinner, or create a super cool welcome sign to greet guests at the door. We even used these at our wedding :) Scroll past the pictures for a list of things you'll need and instructions. Happy building!
DIY Chalkboard Sign
- 2 2x4 chalkboard project boards (found ours at Home Depot)
- 24-26 feet of trim (technically you need 24, but get a few extra feet for wiggle room when cutting)
- Approx. 4 feet of thin chain (we had extra, so you could get less)
- 2 door hinges
- Box of 1/4" screws
- Saw and a guide for cutting exact 45 degree angles
- Power drill**
Measure and cut all trim pieces. Attach trim to board with screws, making sure edges line up and trim pieces fit as closely as possible at angles. Be careful not to screw all the way through the board and trim. Put two boards together using door hinges. Attach about 18 inches of chain between boards, roughly 1/3 from the base of the boards.
**unless you are a glutton for punishment and want to do it by hand, in that case, have fun ;)