DIY Chalkboard Meal Planner

DIY Chalkboard Meal Planner

If you follow my blog then you’ll know that my family and I recently made another military move. This time we moved our family from Colorado to Alabama. With three kids and two dogs, it was a long trip. Twenty-Two hours in the car!

For the months leading up to the move I wasn’t able to do crafts and DIY projects. First of all my time was taken up with getting ready to move, and second I was afraid that anything I made would get broken in the move. I’m a very crafty person so it was tough for me to not be able to do anything other than crochet.

After we got the new house setup and unpacked I took a look around at the huge house we now live in. Our previous house was about 1200 sq feet and had to accommodate two adults, three kids and two dogs. Our new house is more than twice the size! I have so many possibilities with the new house.

The first project I took on was to create a place to keep my meal planner for the week. In my old house I simply wrote my meal plan on a blank sheet of paper and stuck it on the messy refrigerator. I love how versatile this project is. You can use chalk to write on it or simply clip your meal planner or grocery list to it. If you’re looking for some amazing meal planner and grocery list templates you can subscribe to my blog to get free printables here. I promise I won’t fill your inbox with tons of junk!

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The supplies needed to make this chalkboard are:

  • Chalkboard paint (I used this kind and it worked great!)

  • Foam brushes

  • A clamp

  • Chalk

  • A printable if you choose

  • A paint color for the back of the board and edges













Steps to make it:

  • I used the clamp to hold the clipboard open and began painting the clipboard with the chalkboard paint.












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  • I applied a total of three coats of the chalkboard paint. The first coat I painted in a vertical direction, the second coat I did a horizontal direction and the last coat was vertical again. This helps the paint to cover nicely. Allow the each coat to dry for about an hour before applying the next coat. After you’ve applied three coats of chalkboard paint let the project dry for 24 hours before using chalk on it.











  • While I waited for the chalkboard paint to dry I applied a coat of turquoise paint to the edges and back of the clipboard to make it look nicer. I used this paint and love it! I’ve also used this paint on a few other projects I’ve done lately.











  • I bought a small easel like this to stand the clipboard in. It works perfect for on the kitchen counter.












I’m in love with the finished product. I’ve used it with both chalk and a printable meal planner. I’ve decided to make another clipboard to use for my grocery list, that way I can take the whole clipboard to the store with me. The entire project cost about $12 to make.

Written by: Devon Bernthal

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  1. Crystal | 29th Aug 17

    Great idea. Might have to try this myself

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