Greet the Season With This DIY Chalkboard Wall Hanging

fall chalkboard sign

We love a good mashup, and this fall wreath/chalkboard is no exception. It’s easy to make from a repurposed picture frame, and it brings that cozy vibe we’re all craving hard right now. Think of it as a pumpkin spice latte for your walls.

Fall Chalkboard Wall Hanging

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Picture frame
  • Sandpaper (80 grit)
  • Stain or paint to refinish
  • Outdoor spar urethane (sealant to help the wood from fading)
  • Various fall greens, florals, pumpkins, etc.
  • Hot glue or e6000 adhesive
  • Wire snips
  • Ribbon or rope
  • Scissors
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint brush
  • Chalk
  • Staple gun
  • Instructions

    1. Apply the Chalk Paint

    painting cardboard with chalk paint

    Remove the backing and glass from the picture frame, and paint the backing with chalkboard paint. Pay attention to the directions on your paint — some types require more layers than others.

    2. Sand the Frame

    sanding picture frame

    As the backing is drying, sand down the wooden frame — don’t forget to wear a dust mask! After sanding, use a damp, lint-free cloth to wipe down the frame and remove any dust particles before you start staining.

    3. Paint the Second Coat

    painting cardboard with chalk paint

    After your first coat of chalk paint dries, apply a second coat. Pro tip: as you add this layer, paint perpendicularly to the direction of your first layer. This will create a surface that catches the chalk better.

    4. Stain the Frame

    staining picture frame

    While the chalk paint dries (again!), refinish the frame with your desired stain. Once the frame is finished, set that aside to dry as well. Prefer paint over stain? Go for it.

    5. Glue Down the Backing

    gluing photo frame

    Once both the backing and frame have dried, flip the frame over so the back is facing up. Use your hot glue gun to secure the chalkboard backing to your frame. When fastening your chalkboard, make sure it faces down and away from you, just like the front of the frame.

    6. Staple Down the Rope

    gluing rope to wooden frame

    To make your chalkboard hang-able, cut a length of ribbon or rope and use your staple gun to attach each end to the frame’s top corners.

    7. Decorate the Frame

    gluing decorations onto picture frame

    Now we make the frame go full fall! Use the hot glue or e6000 adhesive to secure your favorite autumn foliage around the frame — mini pumpkins and gourds, red and orange leaves, berries, whatever you want (just stick with the fake stuff if you want to keep it around for a while). For added texture and depth, wrap some fall vines and twigs around the frame as well.

    8. Write Your Message

    And for the finishing touch, write a fall-themed message! If you’re brave you can free-hand with a chalk ink marker, or you can use a stencil to get the perfect lettering. Simply print out a piece of paper with your lettering designed on it, flip it over and cover the ink with regular pencil.

    9. Trace

    tracing message onto chalk board

    Tape your paper to the chalkboard front-side-up and trace the letters with your pencil. This will transfer the graphite on the back of the paper onto your chalkboard.

    10. Make Your Mark

    writing on chalk board

    Then remove the paper and trace your pencil lines with chalk.

    fall wall hanging

    Hang your board, step back and feel warm and cozy all over!

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