DIY Chalk Board & White Board From Old Picture Frames

I was recently doing some redecorating and had some extra picture frames that I had no use for anymore. I didn’t really want to throw them out so I decided to do a couple projects that are super easy for anyone to do with your old picture frames.


The first project will be a DIY chalkboard and you will need:

  • An old picture frame
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk
  • Stickers or embellishments ( I chose not to use any)


First you need to take apart your picture frame and paint the glass piece of the frame with your chalkboard paint. I put mine on a piece of paper so I didn’t get paint all over the table I was using. I recommend doing at least two coats. Because you are painting on glass the paint is going to go on pretty streaky compared to if you were doing it on wood. Make sure the coats are completely dry before adding the second coat. If your still not happy with the way the paint looks you can add a third coat.



Once it’s dry put all the pieces back together making sure the chalk side of the glass is on the outside of the frame. This is where you can take out your embellishments! You can add sequins, rhinestones, stickers, flowers, bows, anything you want to the frame to add a more personal touch! I really liked the smooth grey look of my frame and decide not to add anything.


The second project I did with this old picture frame was a whiteboard. This is a super easy craft that even your kids can do! I’ve done this a lot in the past with different kids craft programs that I’ve done. And it is always a favourite of theirs!

For this one you will need:

  • An old picture frame
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A dry erase marker
  • Any embellishments you choose to add



The first thing you need to do is pick out what scrapbooking paper you want to use! I chose to use this white wood panelling that I got it from a rustic themed everyday value paper pad I found at Michael’s.

Next open up the frame and take out either the mat or the picture that was previously in it and it trace it on the back of your piece of scrapbooking paper so you know what size to cut.


Once you have it traced, grab your scissors and cut it out!  If you have a Cricut, Silhouette or any other cutting machine you can also use it to cut out a rectangle to the measurements of your frame.


I decided not to add any embellishments to mine however you can add any of the things mentioned in the chalkboard craft to the outside of your frame. You can also add stickers and embellishments to the scrapbooking paper to go inside your frame. It’s important not to add anything bulky stick to flat stickers, and sequins. You can also cut out things on your cutting machine and put it inside of the frame such as words like “notes,” To Do:, “Today” or even the days of the week!


Now it’s time to put your frame back together. Take a dry erase marker and start writing your notes, quotes, reminders or anything else you want on it!


These are a great way to have small message boards in your home that are very cost effective and still look beautiful!

If you have larger picture frames lying around you can do the same as above and use vinyl or paper or even a marker to write Sunday through Saturday on it your chalkboard/whiteboard and use it for meal planning, work hours, or for scheduling anything that your family does each day!




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