How did this DIY chalkboard message board come about? I wanted to see if I could put chalkboard paint on a doily. Turns out you can, my friends. Once I had done that, I didn’t quite know what to do with my doily. I had a leftover dollar store frame from another project that I used, so a message board resulted. The best part? I spent $1 on it if you include the frame, because I had everything else. Here’s how to make it.
Gather These Supplies
Dollar store frame – got mine from Dollar Tree
Mod Podge Matte
FolkArt chalkboard paint – Black
FolkArt acrylic paint – Pure Black
American Accents spray paint – Lagoon
Paper doily – large enough to fill most of the frame (and write on)
Fabric scrap – at least an 8″ x 10″ piece
Prepare your fabric with Mod Podge. Do this by spreading a medium layer of Mod Podge on the fabric and then letting it dry. This will make it easier to Mod Podge the fabric down to the backer without wrinkles.
While the fabric is drying, Paint the doily with Pure Black. Be careful not to tear the delicate areas with your brush. Let dry.
Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the backer of the frame (mine was stiff cardboard).
Smooth the fabric down with a brayer or your hands until the wrinkles are gone. Let dry and then trim the fabric around the edges with scissors.
Mod Podge the doily onto the backer and let dry. Stick the backer into the frame ( (I spray painted it blue). Here’s my secret – use three coats of chalkboard paint just on the inside of the doily. Let dry an hour between coats, then let dry for several hours after the last coat.
Condition the chalkboard paint with chalk (follow the instructions), and now you have a sweet little DIY chalkboard message board to tell people you love them or to lay their hands off your cookies.