Easy Canvas Chalkboard Menu

Easy Canvas Chalkboard Menu

When I was working on my last canvas project (a thrift store painting turned word art that I used to create our spring mantel) I thought it would be fun to use the same process to make a canvas chalkboard where I could write our weekly menu. I’ve used computer printed menus for years that I stick to the side of the fridge, but they are sometimes hard to read with all the items for each day. And yes, I got tired of answering “what’s for dinner?” all the time. Or referring my family to the menu and hearing them try to sound out some scribble I’d put there.

I’m always finding unused canvases at thrift stores – the planned work of art not even started is apparently a common occurrence – but canvases at craft stores are inexpensive, too, with one of those coupons that are issued weekly. The only other items I used were sticker letters in two sizes (I used foam letters, but any letter stickers will work), latex paint and chalkboard paint (I’ve used flat black paint on some past chalkboard projects, so it would probably work too, but I had found a cheap can of chalkboard paint).

Canvas Menu Steps

And I’m not kidding about the easy part – the whole project took less than 10 minutes. Most of the time involved is drying time. Here are the steps I took:

  1. Paint the canvas the color you’d like the letters to be. I used green latex interior paint I had from another project. I’m sure acrylic would work as well. Attach the sticker letters across the top to spell ‘menu’ and across the left side with letters for each day of the week.
  2. Spray the prepped canvas with chalkboard paint using a couple of light coats.
  3. Let dry to the touch.
  4. Remove the letter stickers. If any black bled through the letters, touch up with a bit of colored paint. Let dry completely, at least 24 hours.

conditioning canvas chalkboard

The last step is to condition the board to make it easier to write and erase the chalk. Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface of the canvas and then wipe with a rag to leave only a light layer of chalk.

Canvas Chalkboard Menu

I actually just used a push pin to hang it since it is so light and then it’s easy to remove to write and erase.

I’m really enjoying the way the board looks against our beadboard in the kitchen – and that I’m not having to answer the dinner question (unless I forget to update it!). The fact that it was a quick and easy craft is just icing on the cake.

Do you post your menu for your family?


I’m sharing this at Funky Junk Interiors.


  1. says

    Fantastic idea – will help avoid the piece of paper attached to the fridge by a magnet that I’ve got myself into using – have pinned to my weekend projects board

  2. Mamabear says

    Great idea! My family was recently complaining about not knowing what my dinner plans are, so this may be a great, inexpensive solution!

  3. AndiW says

    Great idea, even for other areas of the home. I was thinking of the office as a note board. Thanks for sharing, Jami! 😀

  4. says

    Thank you for sharing how easy the black board paint can be! I bought some a month ago and still haven’t broke the seal. Now I think I shall do just that.
    I do not post dinner menu’s because I haven’t started planning ahead! I used to do it and enjoyed, but I got frustrated when I had to change it and then the week froze. Kind of goofy when I write it down. But very true.

  5. Becky Carl says

    Love it!! This will definitely help get our meal planning and shopping lists more organized, while looking smart in our country kitchen!

    • says

      Awesome, Becky! I don’t know how I managed without it – it’s SO nice not having to answer ‘what’s for dinner?’ every day. :)

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