DIY Picture Frame Chalkboard: A Tutorial

I saw this really cute anniversary tradition on Pinterest, where the couple takes a photo holding up a chalkboard sign indicating how many years it’s been since they’ve been married. I thought this was SO cute and knew my husband and I had to do it!

I could have just bought a little chalkboard, but instead I wanted to make one. I bought a frame from the dollar store and had the chalkboard spray paint already so it was a really inexpensive project. Here’s my plain jane photo frame (ha, that rhymes!)

I started by taking the glass out and spraying it with my handy dandy chalkboard paint. I start off by spraying very, very lightly, and drying in between coats until you can’t see through it. It dries reeeeally fast. This process probably only took about 5 minutes.

Because I didn’t love the black on black look, I brushed some blue paint on very lightly. I used a foam brush, and dipped it into the paint, brushing any excess off  on a paper plate just so it wouldn’t glob on the wood. I wanted the black to show through.

Let the chalkboard paint dry completely though, and then rub the chalk all over it and rub it in with a paper towel.

And I was all done! SOOO quick and easy!! 🙂

I think it came out really cool!

And just because I shared my wedding photos with you, here’s the shot we got on our anniversary with the sign 🙂 (Thank you to my amazing sister for taking the pics!)

And here’s another one we did with a favorite wedding photo. I saw this anniversary tradition on Pinterest as well and loved it!

**Have a project you made using one of my tutorials? Show it off! I, along with all my followers, would love to see it! 🙂 I’ve started a new page on my blog called “Your Pictures!”, located right next to the “About This Blog!” link at the top of my blog. Check it out for more information, and to see other fan pics!**


12 responses to “DIY Picture Frame Chalkboard: A Tutorial

  1. I really wish we had started traditions. this december marks our 5 year anniversary, maybe I’ll do this too. i love it!

  2. My sis did these for all her kids on their first day of each year of school with grade and date on chalkboard frame, took photos. Now she has a photo record of their 12 years of school. Lovely post!

    • I absolutely love that idea! I saw it on Pinterest and pinned it for when I eventually have kids….it’s just too cute! I saw some people write what the kid’s interests were that year too!

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