Thursday, March 22, 2012

Picture Frame Chalkboard (Chalkboard Adhesive Vinyl!)

I am pleased to have a crafty project to share with you guys today. With all of the travel and craziness around here, I haven't been able to do any projects. Today's craft, my Picture Frame Chalkboard, uses Chalkboard Adhesive Vinyl from Silhouette.

This is a fun, simple, and inexpensive craft that anyone at home can try.

Here's what you need to get started:

  • Chalkboard Vinyl and Transfer Paper
  • Picture Frame (I bought a black one at the Dollar Tree and spray painted it)
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Coordinating Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
Notice the very sad "Before" shot of the plain black plasticy frame? Wish I'd gotten one with the stock photo it came with, but that's the only Before pic I snapped.


1. After my spray painted frame was dry, I cut my scrapbook paper to fit and slipped it in place of the fake family photo that it came with. Already an improvement.

2. I chose a frame shape in my Silhouette software, but if you don't own a machine you could trace a simple shape onto the back and cut it out. Then I used the transfer paper (following these instructions) to adhere the shape to the front of the picture frame glass.

3. I put the frame back together and had a plain chalkboard. Cute, but it needed something new.

4. I made a few quick fabric rosettes (I love layering them!)--no measuring or sewing--and hot glued them down to the frame.

And the final product?

I love that I can just turn the backing of the frame around and have the chalkboard horizontal instead of vertical!

I wanted to come up with something cute and creative to use with the chalkboard vinyl, but travel for the funerals, lack of funds, and hours spent getting things in order after our trips had me short of time and funds. I realize that a chalkboard is about the most obvious thing you could do with chalkboard vinyl, but I think the picture frame and patterned paper give it a fun twist.

I spent less than $4 on my Picture Frame Chalkboard, and I think it will be so fun to use as part of my Spring and Easter decor. I love a good quote, so what better way to have words on display?

If you liked this post, I hope you'll use the Pin It button to add it to Pinterest!

Linking to Centsational GirlPositively Splendidoopsey daisyThrifty Decor ChickPretty Handy Girl

Disclaimer: I received the Chalkboard Adhesive Vinyl from Silhouette to use in my project.


  1. Wow, I had NO idea there was chalkboard vinyl, learn something new everyday :-) Does it hold up as well as chalkboard paint too? Love this project, it would make a fun housewarming gift too!

  2. This is really cute and cheerful. I had never heard of chalkboard vinyl either. My mom used to cover our school books in vinyl adhesive. It would be really neat to do that with the chalkboard vinyl. At least it would be something to keep the child entertained with if class got boring! Not the best place to write homework assignments though since it might get smeared in the backpack.

  3. What what? Chalkboard vinyl. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Chalkboard vinyl? How have I missed this? Now, I'm frantically trying to think of how to use it. Maybe it will make me actually open and use the Silhouette I bought last fall.

  5. I love this!!! It is so adorable! and such a great idea :)
    Thanks for sharing...

  6. Amanda that is so cute! I love the paper that you used and the flower detail is adorable! I have a few sheets of chalkboard vinyl that would be perfect for this!

  7. This is super cute, and I love how thrifty it is. At $4 each, these would make great end-of-year teacher gifts! Definitely pinning this one. :D

  8. Amanda your chalkboard frame is gorgeous!

    Happy day, happy spring, happy happy everything!

  9. Very cute! It will be fun to change out the quotes. Posts like these really make me wish I had a Silhouette. This project would be so cute in a classroom to use to count down the days until the end of the year.

  10. love this! will have to try that chalkboard vinyl!! love the patterned paper as well! :)

  11. Chalkboard vinyl is so neat! I really like the colors you chose for this! So happy and springy!!

  12. Soo cute, Amanda!! I have yet to make a chalkboard anything and really want to. you've got my mind spinning. =)

    ~ Catie

  13. This is so cute! I've been wanting to jump on the chalkboard bandwagon since forever and here's a great project for that. Just pinned it :-)

  14. Well done - it is sweet and useful! I love the shape you used for the chalkboard part. Thanks for stopping by to see my Easter in a Box.

  15. WOW Amanda! This is SUPER CUTE!!! Pinning :)

  16. I really like how the fabric flowers dress up an inexpensive frame. Cute project. Following you now.

  17. That's a great idea. I'm always forgetting something...
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. love this!

    so sweet to share daily thoughts or share the letter of the week...with word to coordinate.

    i guess you can tell, that's what were doing in this house. letters of the week!

    happy weekend.

  19. I love this project, Amanda, as I have a Silhouette and haven't had a chance to do too many things with it yet, due to recent surgery, etc. This is a fun yet pretty take on the popular chalkboards one sees everywhere!

  20. Really cute project! Stopping by from Positively Splendid.

  21. This is a fantastic project. It just makes me smile with the pretty colors! I hope you will link up to my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop.

  22. So cute! I love the colors! I think I need to get some of the chalk board vinyl! If you get a chance I would love to see you at my link party on Tuesday night. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Jenn :)

  23. This is so adorable! I love the paper you used and the cute flowers perfectly finish it off! LOVE IT!

  24. Such a beautiful and original chalkboard concept, Amanda!

    Visiting by way of our weekly Crafterminds share! Pinned your project.

    Have a terrific week!
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  25. What a cute project! I love that it has so many uses!


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