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Make a Chalkboard DIY Quiet Book Kids Will Love!

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It’s so cute and fun to use!

Skills Required: Beginner. Even if you’ve never crafted before, this is a pretty basic project. You’ll be cutting with a craft knife, painting, and Mod Podging. There are several steps but it’s not difficult!

Chalkboard DIY Quiet Book

I’m always pleased to feature “other Amys” here. Most Amys I’ve met have something special to bring to the table, and Amy from The Idea Room is no exception. She has put together a lovely DIY quiet book tutorial for you today, and it’s perfect for young ones.

Although I might like to carry a chalkboard purse sometimes. So that at times when I had to wait (over an hour this past Tuesday at the DMV) I would have something to do. Amy and her blog are wonderful, so I know you’ll enjoy her project. Here she is.


My name is Amy and you can normally find me blogging over at The Idea Room. I am so excited to be sharing a project here at Mod Podge Rocks . . . I love Amy and her product of choice . . . Mod Podge.

I had a hard time coming up with a project that I have not seen Amy already feature here. In the end, I came up with a fun way to make a DIY quiet book with chalkboard paint.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

The fun thing about this DIY quiet book is that you can carry it to church, doctors appointments and restaurants. Great for keeping the little ones entertained quietly while waiting.

There is also a secret little storage area inside that can hold their chalk and a small rag to erase their drawings.

How to Make a Quiet Book

Gather These Supplies

  • Old board book (you can get one from the thrift store)
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Chalkboard paint
  • X-Acto knife/razor
  • Purse handle
  • Scrapbook paper – one sheet
  • Ribbon – we used 40 inches for the handle in white, and about 24 inches in brown polka dot
  • Stapler
  • Fridge magnet
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

You will need an old board book that you don’t care to part with. I found mine at the thrift store for 25 cents. Make sure the book is thick enough with a few extra pages to fit a piece of chalk. {If you want to add a pocket, if it is not thick enough you will not be able to shut the book}.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

Flip to the back of the book and save the last three pages. DO NOT CUT THESE PAGES OUT. Then take a craft knife or a sharp razor blade and cut out the middle section of several pages of your book. Check to see that it is deep enough for some chalk to fit inside.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

Be sure to save a couple of pages at the front of the book to be your chalkboard pages. DO NOT CUT THE MIDDLE OUT OF THESE EITHER!

After your DIY quiet book pages are cut out and you have left some uncut at the front and end of the book, turn to the second to last page of the book (or the middle page of the last three). Grab a purse handle (I bought mine at JoAnn’s) and two lengths of ribbon.

The length will vary depending on the height of your book; I used 20 inches for each ribbon. Feed the ribbon through the bottom slots of the handle and lay one end of the ribbon down behind the middle page so that it is between the last and the middle page.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

Run the end of the ribbon up around the bottom of the page to the front of the middle page. Bring the other end of the ribbon from the top of the page down so that it meets the other ribbon.

Pull the ribbons tight so that the handle is snug against the top of the book. Staple the ribbon to the middle page in several spots. This will hold the handle firmly in place.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

Take a smaller length of ribbon {I used brown and white polka dot ribbon) about 7 inches in length. Staple the end of it on the same page but coming out of the middle of the side. This will be the ribbon used to keep the book closed. Leave it hanging out.

Turn the top of the three pages so that it covers the stapled ribbons. Glue together the three pages. You will also want to cut a piece of scrapbook paper and glue it to the top of the three pages.

This will be the bottom of your storage pocket. Then hold together with clamps or by setting a heavy object on them while it dries completely.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

Next, glue together all your cut out pages around the edges. Cut scrapbook paper to go around all the sides of the storage pocket and use Mod Podge on the front and back to add the paper to the top of the first cut page.

Place a heavy object on it so that it stays and dries flat. Leave your DIY quiet book for several hours.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

Now you will need some chalkboard paint. I found a DIY Chalkboard Paint recipe that you can make yourself. Click the link to see the Chalkboard Paint Recipe or use some store bought chalkboard paint.

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Paint every page that you saved except for the front cover. Let dry thoroughly. I needed two coats to cover the book pages completely.

Before you can draw on the chalkboard you will need to run the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface of your chalkboard pages and then erase. This preps the paint so that it can be drawn on with the chalk.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

After the paint has dried, you can cover the front and back of your DIY quiet book. I used Mod Podge on both the front and back to hold it and seal it all together.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

Finally, take your ribbon you left hanging out of the end of the book and lay it to the top front of the book. Measure how long it need to be to shut nicely. I added a strip of brown ribbon to the front of the book.

Then I glued a cut piece of magnet {I used a take out refrigerator magnet} onto the end of the hanging ribbon and one to the front of the book so it could attach and keep the purse shut.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

Add a piece of chipboard or cardboard and decorate to hide the magnet and finish your DIY quiet book.

Need to keep the kids busy with a fun activity? Make this DIY quiet book using an old board book and simple supplies. It's so cute and fun to use!

I hope you liked learning how to make a quiet book and that you will stop by and visit me over at The Idea Room. Thanks Amy for sharing your readers with me today!

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Doublej2

Friday 11th of March 2011

oh my heck!!!! i must make this asap!!! thank you so much for this brilliant idea, this will keep my kids busy while we go look for houses this weekend! AWESOME!!!!!

~jan

Mod Podge Amy

Tuesday 1st of March 2011

Hi Tess! I'm not sure if Amy from The Idea Room will see this comment so I wanted to respond. I don't know if Amy sells these books, but please send her an e-mail. You can get her addy right here: http://www.theidearoom.net/p/about-me.html Thanks for the comment! xo

Tess

Tuesday 1st of March 2011

Awesome tutorial. what a great book to keep busy minds active. A great learning tool too. "See mommy, I wrote my name". Love this book idea. Do you sell them?

Mod Podge Amy

Sunday 13th of February 2011

Hi Jakki! I'm guessing it's the surface of your book. Did it have a smooth finish on it? It's hard to tell you what the issue is because many board books are made from different materials/have different coatings. Your option (in my humble opinion) is to sand down the chalkboard paint and repaint. I'd try one page and then see if that works. You may also want to try a store-bought chalkboard paint. Send me a DM and I will help you out with that. :D

Jakki L

Saturday 12th of February 2011

Ok, I love this idea, however, I just ran into a problem. I painted my pages with acrylic paint (like shown in the picture) mixed with the same grout shown in the picture. The paint is now dry and if I take chalk to it the is paint comes off the pages. Did I do something wrong? Or what does one do to fix this problem?Thanks so much for the help! So far, it is looking wonderful except for the paint mishap. :)

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