I love giving handmade gifts for Christmas. They are unique, customizable, and affordable – what’s not to love? A sweet magnetic chalkboard can make a great gift for anyone from a child to a busy mom to a young couple.
Last week I shared a great magnetic chalkboard I made from an old silvery tray, but not everyone has the perfect metal tray sitting around waiting to be made into a chalkboard. This version can be made with materials anyone can find at their local home improvement store.
(You can also use this tutorial to make a basic non-magnetic chalkboard. Just skip the sheet metal and paint the glass or mirror the frame came with.)
- Sheet metal – This can be found at Lowes or Home Depot. It is generally in the plumbing section. At my local Lowes, a 2 ft x 3 ft sheet is around $10. One sheet can make one giant chalkboard or two medium sized ones.
- Frame – you can use a new frame or easily find one at a thrift store and refresh it with some paint
- Chalkboard spray paint
- Spray primer
- Tin snips – also available at home improvement stores for $4 or $5
- You may also need a hammer and some small nails