Today I’m going to be showing you how to make a large outdoor chalkboard.
Oh, I just feel like I need to shout it out to the world. With 5 little ones, It’s no fun being cooped up in the house all winter long. During the summer we stay outside as much as possible, We just moved into our new house last spring so we are trying to fill our new backyard with plenty of things to keep our little ones busy. Sadly our backyard isn’t very big, But what is does have is a great privacy fence.
I have been searching for some new fun things to put back there that will be friendly for toddlers and my bigger kiddos. We have so many fun projects planned for the first few weeks of summer break. I could just squeal. But today I’m going to share with you a project I completed a few Saturdays ago. Our large outdoor chalkboard!
My kids have played with this thing nearly every day since we finished it. It’s so much fun for them and we don’t have our back patio covered with chalk which would then be tracked in the house. Win! The kids loved to play tic-tac-toe, hangman and just doodling on it. It doubled as a super cute backdrop for my twins 2nd birthday party as well.
This is a super easy project that will only take you a few hours to complete and about $25 bucks.
What you will need
1-4×8 ft sheet of treated plywood
4- 1x3x8 boards for trim
1-quart black chalkboard paint
Paint color of your choice to paint the trim for your chalkboard
Primer for your plywood
1 box of 3-inch wood screws
First, you will need to decide if you want to paint your plywood before you hang on your fence or after. We choose to hang first and paint after since it was a pretty day.
Screw your plywood into your fence with your 3-inch wood screws and drill. We did 3 screws on each side and secured right to our fence post and it’s very sturdy.
Paint your chalkboard with 1-2 coats of primer and let completely dry. Once dried paint with 1-2 coats of chalkboard paint. You may even need a 3rd coat.
- While your chalkboard paint is drying you can be painting your trim for your chalkboard in the paint color of your choice. I decided to go with this Rustoleum Ultra Cover bright yellow.
Once both the trim and chalkboard paint is fully dried its time to attach your trim. Use your liquid nails to attach your trim around all sides. Then also add a screw at each corner to add additional support.
Once your board is all dry you will need to season it. To do this take chalk on its side and cover your whole board with chalk. once covered take a wet wash cloth and wipe off. now your board is seasoned.
It’s that simple to make your very own large outdoor chalkboard for your backyard this summer!
Here is our complete outdoor chalkboard. We have been using it for about 4 months now and its held up great. Still looks as good as new and I’m pleasantly surprised it does not have any kind of fading. The kids have loved drawing on it this summer and they love using it to keep score during games outside!
Here are the links for the products I used for this project.