Guest blogger series | Creative chalkboards

by Admin on 10/09/2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, Kids Crafts, Whip Up Tutorials

Regina Lord currently lives in southern Arizona with the love of her life and her two beautiful boys. She is passionate about doing what she loves and incorporates art into her daily living whether though painting, drawing, photography, art journaling, sewing or blogging about her creative passions. You can see more of what she does on her website Creative Kismet.


Have you noticed the chalkboard paint craze? It’s everywhere! On walls, doors, jars, posts. Really you can put it on just about anything. I’ve already painted it on my pantry door, but thought it would be fun to do something more portable for my kids. Something they could carry around, take in their room or on a long road trip.


I thought a painted board book would be fun and perfect for this idea. So, I went on a trip to my local thrift shop and the hardware store to grab a few things in order to try this out. All you really need is a large board book, a can of chalkboard spray paint, sand paper and some gesso or white primer.

A board book is easy enough to paint, but needs a little prep so that the paint stays on and doesn’t peel off.

  1. Most books have a glossy finish, so with a bit of sandpaper lightly sand the surface of each page– just enough to take the gloss off.
  2. Paint or spray a light layer of either gesso or spray paint primer. Pages may start to curl, but will flatten out when they dry.
  3. Spray on chalkboard paint according to manufacturer’s directions. I did a couple of layers on each page allowing sufficient drying time between layers.
  4. Once the book is dry, you can keep it as is, or go a step further and make different activities for the kids to play. I used a permanent white marker for this so that it wouldn’t wipe away when cleaning up the chalk.


Other fun chalk board ideas for you to try:

For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

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1 se7en September 10, 2011 at 6:39 am

This is so totally cool I just love it!!! Brilliant idea!!!

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2 tarnya September 10, 2011 at 7:14 am

Best chalkboard paint idea EVER! Magnificent!

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3 Louisa September 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial.

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4 Sharalee September 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

AWESOME!

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5 Tera September 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

This is wonderful!!! I was just at a Teacher store. I wanted to buy laptop chalkboards for my boys for homeschool this year but as I looking at it I thought I bet I could do this. And then here is a great tutorial!!! THANK YOU.

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6 Olivia September 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

This is a fantastic idea!! So doing this.

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7 Cyndy September 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

What a fabulous idea – can’t wait to try it out for my little ones!

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8 Randi September 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

What an amazing idea … I just love it! Have to make one for my youngest.

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9 faith September 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for sharing this. Some of my nieces and nephews might be getting these for Christmas. :)

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10 clothespin September 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

What a totally cool idea! I am needing new space saving toys for my 3 year old… this will fit perfect into the little RV that we’ll be living in soon. (Thank you Bastrop TX fires for the reason to move…)

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11 Sher September 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

This is a GREAT idea and one I am definately going to make for my neice and nephew – how awesome!!! I have been really into blackboards lately and just did a post about making blackboard designs using digital scrapbook software. Check it out here: http://sheryourscraps.blogspot.com/2011/09/blackboard-art-for-digital-pages.html

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12 Holly September 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

What a great idea! And perfect timing: I just used chalkboard paint (regular, though, not spray paint) for a small project and have been wondering how to use up the rest!

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13 Michelle L. September 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

Brilliant! I love your white-marker activities, such a fabulously clever idea! Thanks for a great tutorial, Regina!

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14 Bethany Kartchner September 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

What a great idea! Thanks!

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15 Lori September 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

This is such a great idea! And, it’s spurring further iterations as I sit here thinking. Thank you for the inspiration. I know what my nieces & nephews are getting for Christmas!

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16 Erica September 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

You. Are. Brilliant!

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17 jackie September 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

love this!!

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18 Jo-Anna September 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Thank you so very much for the shout out on my Pretty Jars! Yay!
Jo-Anna

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19 Karla September 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

This is awesome! Do you think I could use chalk board paint, rather than spray? I got some for another project and have to use it.

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20 kath_red September 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Yes of course you can!

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21 Missy September 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

This is SUCH a unique and fun idea! I just love it! Thanks for sharing.

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22 Kirsty@BowerbirdBlue September 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

OMG I am loving this – found on Pinterest. great for a car trip!!!!

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23 Rachel September 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

chalkboard spray paint is fabulous, I’ve used it on jar lids to make tea storage: http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2009/11/day-5-repurposing-jar.html
& an advent calendar: http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2009/11/day-20-repurposing-jar.html

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24 Erica September 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

AMAZING!

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25 anna September 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

this is the most adorable project ever!!! so so clever!

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26 Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree September 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

I Love this idea!

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27 Heather Henderson September 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

What did you use for the tittle?

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28 Aimee July 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I’d like to know what you used for the white title space too, thanks!!!

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29 Sky September 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I can’t get over how much I adore this idea! Such a phenomenal idea- thanks you for sharing it with all of us! I wish I could drive to Home Depot this minute and get this done today! :) Thank heaven for pinterest since I can’t, eh? ;) Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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30 molly September 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

okay, THAT’s just plain genius :)

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31 geek+nerd October 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

What a wonderful idea!

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32 Mel December 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Does it have to be white primer? I have black. I’m excited to make a couple of these for Christmas presents!

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33 kath_red December 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I am sure black would be fine!

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34 shantel March 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

I featured this idea on my blog:
http://seemesew.blogspot.com/
thanks for the great idea!

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35 Jen April 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Is the gesso or spray paint primer necessary? I don’t have any on hand. Great idea!

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36 Jenni April 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I’m inspired! I’m completing some Montessori training work and one requirement is a handmade book. Every idea I thought of I kept thinking, “I can’t draw/paint that” in regards to illustrations, BUT what better way to do it than to have the kids be the illustrators!!!!!!!! I love, love, love it!
One question, how did you spray the pages without them sticking together? Did you have to spray a page, wait for it to dry, spray another page, wait for it to dry, etc.?
Thank you for this FABULOUS idea!

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37 Rachelle Lancaster December 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

This is a great gift for a little kids gift exchange I am doing. I’m in the process of making this and wondering what did you use as the white background for the title?

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38 Kasia Z December 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Hi Rachelle
Isn’t it an AWESOME idea??
Thanks for reminding us about it again, really must spend more time wandering happily through the Whipup archives…
I’m not sure what the white background is – possibly another coat of gesso or white paint. The tutorial is a contribution by Regina Lord from Creative Kismet, and you can contact her at:
Regina@creativekismet.com
Have a look at all the beautiful creative adventures she’s been on since 2011 when she was part of our Guest Blogger Series.

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