DIY Thrifted Chalkboard Menu Sign

Yay! I am so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple–take an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transform it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget, or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild (which was a blast)! Find my chalkboard menu sign below then check out the projects from the rest of the hosts!

Meet the Hosts

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den     
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main    
Emily | Two Purple Couches     Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Debra | Shoppe No. 5     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House     
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim      
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage


Thrifted Chalkboard Menu Sign

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

 

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Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Materials

  • Thrifted Frame
  • 12X12 Piece of Scrapbook Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Box Cutter
  • Highlighter

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 1

Deconstruct your frame.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 2

Wash you piece of glass from your frame. Allow the glass to dry completely before continuing.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 3

Paint first coat of chalkboard paint on glass.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 4

While paint is drying, place your frame in the center of your 12X12 piece of paper.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 5

Trace the inside opening of your frame with a highlighter.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 6

Cut out an “X” shape in the highlighted rectangle by cutting from corner to corner with your box cutter.

Tip:

  • Be sure to complete this step on a cutting mat or other safe cutting surface.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 7

Place your frame with the front facing down on your paper aligned with your highlighted rectangle. Next, fold the flaps back as pictured.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 8

With your flaps still folded through the center, flip your frame back over.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 9

Attach the paper to the front of your frame with Mod Podge.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 10

Fold your paper along the long edges of your frame. Again, secure with Mod Podge.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 11

While allowing glue to dry, put a second coat of paint on your glass.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 12

Fold corners on short edges of frame as pictured above.

Step 13

Fold up the remaining edges of the paper and secure with Mod Podge. Allow everything to dry completely.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 14

Reassemble your flame by first placing your glass and any cardboard backing in place.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 15

Fold your center flaps back to the center.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 16

Replace the back piece of your frame.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Now you can keep the family updated on the dinner plans without uttering a word… mostly. Before you go, check out the other awesome thrift store makeovers from my friends below.


Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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  • Thanks Kim!!

  • Thank you! Yes, this would be great for Mother’s day!

  • Candy Kage

    Wonderful quick gift idea, great for Mothers Day coming up.

  • Kim Seghers

    I love your upcycle project it turned out cute. Now I know what to do with all my old frames!

  • Debbie-Dabble

    Great project!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Thanks too for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

    • Thanks Debbie! I appreciate you checking it out! 🙂

  • Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches

    I love the paper you chose! Your chalkboard looks awesome!

  • Shirley Wood

    Such a cute chalkboard menu. Your paper is gorgeous. This will be so pretty sitting on the kitchen counter!

  • Thank you! 🙂

  • Thank you, Michelle! I’m in love with the entire paper pad. Very beautiful designs in it.

  • Thanks Paula! You can totally get some frames for pennies at Goodwill. 🙂

  • Thank you so much, Winnie!

  • Thank you, Debra! Giving this as a gift is a wonderful idea!

  • Thanks, Amanda! I feel like there is enough black in my kitchen, I wanted to lighten it up. 🙂

  • Thank you!

  • That paper you chose is so pretty. I haven’t covered a frame with paper/mod podge yet, but it looks easy and fun.

  • Love your new chalkboard!! The paper you chose is really beautiful!

  • Very cute! I love that you used the non traditional red chalkboard paint. Really makes it pop!!

  • This is a great craft project. I think it would make a nice gift.

  • Marie – you’ve done a fabulous job!! It looks WONDERFUL !!

  • Paula@SweetPea

    Adorable! I see frames like this often at Goodwill and now I know how to give one a new look and purpose.

  • MICHELLE JAMES

    I absolutely love this project! The red chalkboard paint looks awesome with the beautiful blue floral frame!

  • This turned out super cute!

  • This turned out super cute!

    • Marie

      Thank you, Chelc! 🙂

  • Hey Marie, your sign is SO cute! That fabric is really pretty, love the project.