Doily DIY chalkboard message board

Doily DIY chalkboard message boardHow 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

IMG_3972Prepare 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.

IMG_3979While the fabric is drying, Paint the doily with Pure Black. Be careful not to tear the delicate areas with your brush. Let dry.

IMG_3980Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the backer of the frame (mine was stiff cardboard).

IMG_3981Smooth 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.

IMG_3990Mod 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.

Doily DIY chalkboard message boardCondition 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.


  1. says

    Very cute idea! I love doilies and chalk board paint. I’ve been having trouble with the chalk board paint scratching when writing on it with the chalk. What am I doing wrong?

  2. creativejewishmom/sara says

    Love it Amy! And one could probably paint a real doily with fabric paint and then the chalkboard paint and it would be stiff enough on it’s own to use as is! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!