{Party Trends} Chalkboard Paint Ideas!

Looking for chalkboard paint ideas? You’ve come to the right place!

We are HUGE fans of chalkboard craft ideas around here! We’ve used chalkboard paint in our offices, homes, and of course…. PARTIES! Many of our readers have been chatting it up about their favorite chalkboard finds too, so we thought we’d dedicate a whole post to chalkboard.

Chalkboard Paint Ideas

Drink Tags (LilBDesigns) Menu Board (source) Place Cards (House & Home) Chalkboard Candle (Mine Designs), Bottles (FrenchMelody) Tin Pails (BraggingBags)

diy chalkboard paint

We have made many of our own chalkboard crafts by using Chalkboard Spray Paint! Find it in your craft store – spray paint aisle! The spray paint is the easiest to use but you can also buy black chalkboard paint in a pail. These days, we’re not limited to black anymore! Companies like Hudson Paint are offering chalkboard paint in a rainbow palette of colors! We’re not stopping there, however, we have the how-to to make your OWN chalkboard paint in a custom color.

How to Make Chalkboard Paint

Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.

1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.

2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.

3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.

4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

chalkboard ink markers

If you find that chalk doesn’t produce as smooth and clean a look as you wish, try CHALK INK that washes off with water but writes easily on chalkboard! Find it online at a number of locations such as The Writing Pen Store.

5 Chalkboard Paint Ideas

1. Welcome & Menu Boards

The simplest way to use a chalkboard in a party or wedding is as a large sign or menu! Write “Welcome”, “Bon Appetite”, or “Happy Birthday” or simply write the drink or food menu for guests.

Purchase a chalkboard sign from etsy (like this one below from bragging bags shop) or make your own by using chalkboard paint on a piece of craft wood and place inside a decorative picture frame.

chalkboard wedding sign

Chalkboard signs via Sugar Paper

2.  Place Cards

What I love about using mini chalkboard signs as place cards? They’re reusable! Paint small wooden pieces for an easy, DIY place card to use over and over again! Bragging Bags shop on etsy has another neat chalkboard place card set for sale that is PERFECT for Easter!

chalkboard egg place cards

chalkboard chargers

Chalkboard Chargers via Playing Grown Up

3. Favor & Decoration Tags

Use small chalkboard tags for favors and gifts! You can tie them on a flatware set, tie around a napkin, wine glasses, or around small vases.  Make your own by painting small wood pieces from the craft store. We love these burlap chalkboard tags from blue pearls.

burlap chalkboard sign 4. Decorative Accents

Chalkboard vinyl stickers can be found across the web! Perfect for children’s parties – set out an array of colored chalk and let the kids decorate! Whether they decorate their own chalkboard craft to take home as a favor or a larger wall art for a playroom or child’s bedroom, the kids will enjoy playing and crafting! These fun butterflies & baseball are from The Vinyl Chalkboard.

vinyl chalkboard butterflies chalkboard vinyl baseball

5. Wine & Drink Labels!

Label your bar mixers, juices, syrups, or use as drag tags for larger parties! Make your own with vinyl stickers or purchase these from Pier1.

chalk note wine pier 1 chalkboard glasses

If you loved these chalkboard paint ideas, let us know in the comments! 


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  1. Totally great post ! Love all the chalkboard ideas! xo

  2. I absolutely LOVE fun with chalkboard ideas. I don’t know if it is just a piece of childhood, remembering playing with a chalkboard in my room as a child, or just the versatility of being able to put it wherever you want and write whatever you want, make it whatever you want. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

  3. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt says:

    I love those chargers! What a great roundup!!!

  4. I have an obsession with chalkboard paint!! I love finding random things at thrift stores and turning them into chalkboards! I love that burlap tag!

  5. We celebrated my daughter’s 1st Birthday with a Vintage School theme and incorporated lots of chalkboard ideas!
    We sprayed a tabletop with chalkboard paint…the kids LOVED it! Huge-huge hit ;)
    I wish I had known about the Chalk Ink though…that would have been perfect for some of the signage!
    Another great post…love it as always!

  6. Lindy@ Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    I just posted a really cute Chalkboard Serving Platter I made over on my blog. I just taped off a 2 inch strip on the rectanglular plate and spray painted it with chalkboard paint and tada….a cool way to serve food and a great conversation piece.

  7. I had never thought of that the chalkboard paint could have so many possibilities.
    I like all of your proposals. Can’t wait to put some into practice.

  8. Does the chalkboard paint easily scrape off the glass and metal surfaces? I have tried using chalk paint on metal, it scrapes off relatively easily for the first few days…then seems to cure. Is it the same with chalkboard paint?

  9. Great ideas !! I love Chalkboard paint !! I painted the end part of an old crib with chalkboard paint and wrote “Shower Today” with a banner across the top that said “Baby” and I put the crib at the entrance to my daughter’s baby shower. It looked so cute !

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