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Easy Magnetic Chalkboard Made with a Canvas

Use magnetic paint and chalkboard paint on canvas to make a surface with two personalities! This DIY magnetic chalkboard is EASY to do.

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video of my top chalkboard painting tips! I think you’re going to love them, especially if this isn’t the only project you have planned.

DIY magnetic chalkboard using a canvas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Everything is pink, puffy hearts. Well, not everything . . . there are some valentine decorations that you can make for your home that can stay up all year. And this DIY magnetic chalkboard is one of them! At least in my humble opinion.

What I love about this project is that I used two kinds of paint – magnetic and chalkboard – to turn a plain canvas that I bought on the cheap into something useful. I’m really happy with the result! Here’s how I made this canvas idea.

Magnetic Chalkboard on Canvas

Gather These Supplies

  • 16” x 20” canvas
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Chalkboard Paint – Gray
  • Magnetic Paint
  • Mod Podge Acrylic Shapes – 6 hearts, if you don’t have these cut them out of cardboard
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Rub-On Transfers
  • Scrapbook paper and embellishments in the patterns of your choice
  • Craft glue
  • Magnets – adhesive strips
  • Foam brush
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
Canvas from Hobby Lobby
Painting a canvas with white gesso to cover

I got this canvas in the Hobby Lobby clearance section for $3! Amazing, huh? I painted it with Gesso to cover the pattern. You can skip this step if you are starting with a new canvas.

Coating the front of a canvas with magnetic paint

Give the canvas three coats of magnetic paint using a foam brush, following the instructions on the back of the jar carefully. This stuff is thick, but don’t be intimidated. It won’t look this crappy when the project is done. Also if your magnetic paint is rough, you can sand using the sandpaper.

Painting over the magnetic paint with chalkboard paint

Paint the entire canvas with two coats of chalkboard paint and let dry. Make sure to paint the sides, too. After everything dries, glue ribbon around the edge of the canvas.

Tracing clear acrylic shapes onto scrapbook paper

While your canvas is drying, trace the Podgeable hearts onto the scrapbook paper and cut them out.

Mod Podging a clear acrylic heart to scrapbook paper

Decoupage the paper onto the back of the heart shapes and let dry.

Adding a rub on to a scrapbooking embellishment

Add embellishments and rub-ons to the fronts of the hearts. I used the Mod Podge Rub-Ons which have some cute messages! You can use any stickers, really – just a little something to dress up the fronts of the heart shapes.

Applying Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the front of a clear acrylic heart

Add Dimensional Magic to the fronts of the hearts and let them dry for several hours.

Gluing a magnet strip to the back of a heart shape

Attach magnet strips to the back of the hearts using craft glue and let dry. I have a tip for you here. BEFORE you glue the magnets down, make sure they are attaching to the canvas very well. You want pretty strong magnets. If the magnets are too weak, they will just fall off, and that’s no good!

Rubbing chalk on the chalkboard paint to prep it

Prepare the chalkboard following the instructions on the back of the paint bottle.

Chalkboard paint on canvas

You now have a magnetic chalkboard with two personalities – you can hold notes with the magnets, or you can write on the surface with chalk. Pretty cool, huh?

This DIY magnetic chalkboard idea is great for an organization center, back to school craft, or just a message board to tell your family members that you love them. Enjoy! And I hope you’ll check out our other Valentine’s Day crafts for adults.

Oh, and one last thing.

Use Mod Podge to make an easy vintage wallpaper covered magnetic chalkboard. This is perfect for keeping in the kitchen and organizing your family!

If you want another idea for a magnetic chalkboard that doesn’t use magnetic paint – click here.

Heather - dollarstorecrafts

Monday 27th of January 2014

These are SUPER cute!!

Bernice Pierre

Sunday 26th of January 2014

This is a great project that is not only beautiful but functional also. I will definitely make this!


Thursday 23rd of January 2014

Where can you purchase acrylic hearts?


Thursday 23rd of January 2014

Hi Carolyn! You can get those at Michaels!