Use old glass, mirrors, or cupboard doors to make upcycled DIY chalkboards for welcomed, decorative, and useful gifts.
Chalkboard from old framed print.
Chalkboard from old print (no glass) or cast-off cupboard door.
Chalkboards make great gifts for so many occasions and are SO easy to make. I love them and most people I know like them, too – and love receiving them. And while all handmade gifts are special, those that you can make with old, cast-off items (that look high-end, of course) are even better because we’re helping to reduce waste and save money.
You literally can make chalkboards out of almost anything. The two I show above were made from a large framed print with a glass front and a long, narrow thrifted print-on-wood with no glass. I’ve also made them from old cupboard doors that look similar to the long, narrow example, but cupboard doors come in many shapes and sizes, so the sky’s the limit, there.
I’ve even made chalkboards from canvases (I actually found a new one at a thrift store, so it still counts as upcycled!), a mirror, and plain old wood. Anything that can be painted and has a fairly smooth surface can become a chalkboard. Let’s go find them!
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