Frugal Tips: DIY Chalkboard Photo Frame

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Lately I have been seeing all these super cute chalkboard photo frame pictures popping up on Pinterest and in my news feed on Facebook. Every time I see one I think to myself, these are adorable and I totally want one. I have checked out prices for these bad boys and they start at about 12 bucks on etsy and go all the way up and over the 100 dollar price point. I started to think there must be an easier, and less expensive way to get my hands on one of these. Well…there is. I made my own chalkboard photo frame, and all said and done it cost me less than 5 bucks!!!

What you need:

  1. Picture frame in your choice of size and design, I went with an 8 x 10. I bought mine at the Dollar Tree, for a $1!
  2. A can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint. I found this at Walmart for $3.98
  3. Something to lay your frame on while you spray it, I just used plastic Walmart bags.
  4. Chalk, I had some on hand so it didn’t cost me anything, but I bet you could pick some up at the Dollar Tree.
  5. If you don’t care for the black frame you could spice it up with some color by painting it.


How to do it:

  1. Remove the glass from the picture frame and lay it on your drop cloth, or plastic bags.
  2. Apply 2 coats of the Chalkboard spray paint to the glass. Do this in a well ventilated area, preferably outside. Allow about 2 mins of dry time in between coats. You will be able to tell when its semi-dry because it goes from shiny to matte.
  3. Allow the glass to dry for up to 24 hours and then prep the frame. You can do this by running the side a piece of chalk over the glass and then just erasing the chalk.
  4. Put the glass back into the frame and you should be good to go.
I plan on using my frame on my sons first day of preschool. But you can use it to mark any special occasion you want to photograph. I will probably even use it for my 13 month olds monthly pictures. If you are feeling fancy you could easily hang it up in your kitchen and use it as a menu board or to leave notes for your spouse. The possibilities are endless.

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