Chalkboard Frame Wall Hanging

As if that title can’t get any longer, I was going to add the word Photo between the words Chalkboard and Frame. Or I could have just called it my Goodbye Chalkboard Frames. Whatever you want to call it, it was so simple to make. I found these unfinished frames at Michael’s for $1 each. But I had a coupon that made them $0.80 ea. I thought they would make for some fun frames around the house. One thing lead to the other and I ended up with this idea.

We have it hanging on a hook that I found at the thrift store for 50 cents. It worked out perfect. This thing is hanging at our front door. Everyone will see it on their way out. The pictures, I will need to reprint them. I used our home printers for these because I didn’t have time to get them printed professionally. Hanging it at that spot near the front door was a bit tricky because of the location of the light switch. I would have liked the frames to hang a little lower. But oh well. You do what you can right? If you made something inspired by Simply Modern Mom, please upload pictures of it in our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.


  • flat surfaced unfinished wooden frames
  • paint primer
  • chalkboard paint (I used Valspar from Lowe’s, it was fabulous with no odors)
  • twine, ribbon or rope
  • 1-inch nails or some type of strong glue (super glue, E6000, etc.) or screw eyes
  • hammer if you’re using nails or screw eyes
  • pictures

1. Clean the frame surface. Then paint 1-2 layers of primer. Allow to dry completely.

2. Paint a thick layer of chalkboard paint over the primer. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before using chalk on it or putting a second layer if necessary. I only did one thick layer on mine. When it dries, it doesn’t feel scratchy like regular green chalkboards. But it works great as a chalkboard and erases using regular chalkboard erasers.

3. Cut the length of your ribbon, twine or rope to your desired length. Have a long piece for the hanging at the top. I used twine I found at the Dollar Store. I tied six strands and twisted it to make rope.

4. Once the chalkboard paint dried (the paint I used said to wait 24 hours), I turned to the back of the frames to attached my twine ropes. I measured the distance between frames and marked places where I needed to nail right under the knots.

5. Hammer the nails in place. Then use the hammer to bend the nail to keep the knots in the rope stable.

6. Place the rope in place with the knot right on the other side of the nail. Then hammer the tip of the nail down to bend it completely. You can also use super glue or E6000 to glue ribbons in place. Or screw eyes to tie rope or ribbons to connect each of the frames.

7. Cut pictures to fit the frames and place them in the frames. The frames I used didn’t have glass.

8. Use chalk to scribble notes, reminders or photo captions. Switch out the photos every once in a while to write new captions or speech bubbles.

» Tell me… Have you used chalkboard paint before? What kind of projects have you used chalkboard paint on?

20 Responses to “Chalkboard Frame Wall Hanging”

  • Nate

    You can tell I’m serious about people not taking our stuff by my almost laughing trying to look mean face.

  • Kelly

    I LOVE chalkboard paint! LOVE IT! Our entire pantry door is covered in it so we can use it for a shopping list, menu and place to draw, write lists, etc. The side of the bookshelf in the playroom is painted with it too and I’m contemplating a new project using it but I kind of think it may be getting a bit excessive. 🙂 Love the frames though! They’re great!

  • Amy

    What a great idea. I painted contact paper with chalkboard paint and put it up on the end of one of my kitchen cabinets. I write quotes on there periodically.

  • Kelly

    That is great!! What a clever idea, and I Love the don’t take our stuff. hehehe had me giggling.

  • Carrie

    What a great idea! I have a can of chalkboard spray paint that I bought a few years back. I meant to use it in my daughters’ room so they could play and draw, but I never did. I just found the can while cleaning. Now I have something to use it for. Thank ya!

  • Lisa

    Okay so off the subject where did you get the wooden shoe
    holders?? I need these my kids ALWAYS leave their shoes at the
    front door and I don’t want to get a bench with cubbies.. those are
    sooo much cuter!

  • mary jo

    Awesome, awesome idea. I’m definitely picking up some frames and primer the next time I’m at the craft store. Certain members of my extended family often forget to take off their shoes! 🙂

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    Hey! I blog about tips for displaying printed instagram photos. I often look around to find cool and different ways to display photos so I can blog about it. The idea that you have got here is awesome, thank you for sharing and thank you for the inspiration!


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