Upcycled floral DIY chalkboard

Turn an old frame into a usable surface with white chalkboard paint!What do you do with a plain, white, framed piece of wood that you find randomly at work? I don’t know about you, but I make a chalkboard! Then I add polka dots and flowers until I can barely see straight. Then I hang it on the wall and admire my work. You can do the same. Here’s how to make a piece of wood into a DIY chalkboard, and embellish it with tons of fun flowers. Whee!

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IMG_2696Here’s the junky board before I started. Poor thing needs some help, don’t you think? At least it’s framed. I wonder what it used to be.

IMG_2699I first touched up the entire frame with Wicker White, to get rid of the banged up look. Allow to dry, then paint the outside of the frame with Yellow Citron. You’ll need several coats, so you might want to watch old Patridge Family re-runs on TV while you are working. Not sure where that reference came from, ha!

IMG_2979While you are waiting, prepare your fabric with Mod Podge. Lay your fabric out on a non-stick surface (wax paper works great) and spread a medium layer of Mod Podge over the top with a brush. Allow to dry and then you’ll be ready to run it through your die cutter.  The Mod Podge actually helps prevent fraying of the fabric when you cut it. Isn’t that special? Set it aside for a bit.

PS – Did you notice my nail polish went away? My fingers got banged up in the making of this board. That’s pretty typical.  Manicures + crafting = disaster.

IMG_3041Paint the inside of your framed piece with White chalkboard paint.  It takes about three coats to get full coverage. It’s very thick; that is normal. Allow to dry.

IMG_3044Use the end of a paintbrush and Jamaican Sea to polka dot the frame. Allow to dry.

IMG_3046Once the frame is fully dry, coat with Mod Podge Gloss. DO NOT get Mod Podge on the chalkboard paint or it will ruin the properties and you won’t be able to write on it. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.

IMG_3052Cut your flowers out with your Sizzix and dies. The Flowers 3-D by Beth Reames is very, very fun. It enables you to cut a flower pattern that you roll around on stick to make a 3-D bloom. I know that makes no sense, but you can see the results on the finished project. Cool, huh?

IMG_3053I cut out several flowers with my Sizzix and then layered them with my Prima flowers. I used both fabric and felt to cut the flowers, and then glued everything together (and added buttons for good measure). Be sure to use various sizes and materials. It makes the finished project more interesting.

Turn an old frame into a usable surface with white chalkboard paint!Here’s a detail shot of the finished project. I’m so pleased with the bright green and teal shades, and I know my friend LollyChops will be too (she loves those colors). She’s also the one who introduced me to the Flowers 3-D die, so this project is in honor of her.  Thanks Lolls! xo

Turn an old frame into a usable surface with white chalkboard paint!


  1. Mary says

    That is absolutely fantastic!!! I LOVE it!! Never thought of coating the painted surface with Mod Podge. I learn something every day! :)

  2. Deb30906 says

    I love the colors. I love the concept. I love the flowers. I just love the project, period. Beautiful!

  3. creativejewishmom.com says

    Great job Amy! I can always count on you for gorgeous combinations of greens and blues! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you. xoxooxoSara

  4. Karisa says

    This is so pretty! I can’t believe how many different uses for Mod Podge you always come up with! Thanks for linking up at the FaveCrafts blog hop–see you next month :) P.S. We’re doing a special mailing of the FaveCrafts newsletter on Wednesday to recap the blog hop, and your project will be featured!

  5. Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors says

    White chalkboard paint. I had no idea that existed! I learned something today.

  6. Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty says

    Love the colors and the flowers! Now if I could just find a random piece of framed wood!!