Repurposed Chalkboard Frame

November 4, 2013

If you are on Pinterest, there is no doubt that you have seen many chalkboard frames, printables, and decorations.  Not only are chalk boards functional, they are fun and super cute.  We use a chalkboard in the hallway where we display our weekly bible verse.  I thought it would be fun to have a countdown to Christmas chalkboard.  We have a framed mirror that we were not using, so I wanted to repurpose that into a chalkboard frame – no paint needed!  You can make one, too.  If you don’t have a framed mirror, you can just use a frame with glass.  Mirror and glass make an excellent base for the chalkboard contact paper that I used.


Frame with glass or mirror

Chalk board Contact Paper

Chalk Marker

Hobby Knife

Screw Driver

Plastic Straight edge (for smoothing out bubbles)

Chalboard Frame Step One Edited

Step one:  Remove the mirror or glass from frame and clean well.

Chalboard Frame StepTwo Edited

Step two: Lay glass on contact paper and trim 1 1/2 to 2″ around the glass.  This gives you a little wiggle room when you are smoothing the contact paper down.

Chalboard Frame Step 3 Edited

Step three:  Peel off one corner of the contact paper and place on the corner of the glass.  Pull the backing off of the contact paper slowly, smoothing the bubbles out as you go.  Make sure your contact paper is lined up properly on the glass so that it doesn’t end up wonky.  I had to pull mine up and begin again.  This is where the plastic straight edge comes in handy.  I used a plastic paper scoring tool.

Chalboard Frame Step 4 Edited

Step four: Once your contact paper is all smoothed down, turn your mirror over.  Using a hobby knife, trim the excess contact paper off so that your mirror or glass will fit back into the frame.

Chalboard Frame Step 5 Edited

Step five:  Place your chalk board covered glass back into your frame and secure.

Chalboard Frame Step 6 Edited

Step six:  Using chalk or chalk markers (my new favorite), write your message!

Chalboard Frame Step 7 Edited

I think some red stripe or burlap ribbon would be lovely woven through the holes in the frame.  That will be for another time when baby boy takes a nap, and schooling is done for the day.

Blessings to you!




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  • Deanna

    That is so cute! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as chalkboard contact paper (or chalk markers). Yeah, creativity isn’t my strong point. 🙂 I’m going to have to check this stuff out at Hobby Lobby.

    November 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

      Thanks, Deanna!

      November 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm Reply
  • Jojo

    Love this. Where did you get the picture frame?

    May 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm Reply

      Thanks! It was an item from Southern Living at Home. They are out of business now. It’s a shame, because they had really beautiful decorative items.

      June 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm Reply

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