Wish List for Christmas Chalkboard

Welcome to day 9 of my 12 Days of Christmas event!  Did you hit the stores to find great deals on Black Friday?  I don’t like waking up so early in the morning to stand in the cold, so I never do, but I do need to get busy with my Christmas shopping, because I know the next month will fly by.

For the last several weeks, my kids have been mentioning ideas of gifts they’d like for Christmas, and I told them they need to write them all down, and put their list on our refrigerator, because I’ll never remember everything they mention.  My daughter pointed out that my husband and I need to post our wish list as well, and that gave me the idea to create a cute chalkboard for a Christmas wish list.  It’s something that can be reused every year, and looks nicer than scraps of paper stuck on the fridge.

For this project you’ll need:

* a piece of wood (I used a section of scrap lumber)

*red & white paint

*chalkboard paint

*lace tape

*acrylic paint marker


1)  Paint your board with 1-2 coats of paint, and allow to dry.
painted board for sign

 2)  Stick painter’s tape along the edge of the board, forming a “frame”, then paint over that area with chalkboard paint.

chalkboard sign tutorial

Once you remove the painter’s tape, it should look like this.
chalkboard sign tutorial

 This is an extra step that you won’t really need, but I decided to change the color of the edge of my chalkboard, so I put painter’s tape along the inside edge of the chalkboard area, and repainted the sides red.  You’ll see why in a moment, but you shouldn’t need to do this step.

Christmas chalkboard sign tutorial


Once the red paint was dry, I taped over the red area, right up to the edge of the chalkboard area, then I got the lace tape and added it to 2 of the opposite sides of the board.  I did the 2 longer sides of my board first (not shown).  Use a foam brush and with just a little paint on it, dab an alternating color of paint over the lace tape.  Make sure you have really rubbed the lace tape firmly to the board first, so the paint won’t bleed underneath.

chalkboard sign tutorial

 When you remove the lace tape, you’ll have a lace border like this, with the bottom layer of painat showing through where the lace tape was.

Christmas chalkboard tutorial

 Here you can see it once I removed the painter’s tape from the chalkboard area.

Christmas Chalkboard Lace Border

 Once the first 2 sides have dried, tape over them (right up to the chalkboard area), and apply lace tape on the other 2 sides, allowing the lace tape to overlap the painter’s tape.  Once you have applied paint over the 2 shorter sides, it will look like this.

lace edge Christmas chalkboard tutorial

I used fine grit sandpaper to distress the paint just a little, then it was time to add “Wish List” to the chalkboard.  I picked a font and made a printable using Picmonkey, then rubbed a piece of chalk on the back side of the paper.  I laid the paper on the chalkboard area, and used a ball point pen to trace the words.  That makes the words show up as chalk, which gave me the lines to paint over with a fine tip acrylic paint pen.

Christmas list chalkboard



I painted lines to write items on the list, and added a small bulldog clip at the bottom, so ads from the newspaper, or a small pad of paper can be attached there.  I makes a convenient spot for a piece of chalk also.

bulldog clip

Now I’m ready to start making my list!  How about you – how much Christmas shopping have you finished?  I still have a longgg way to go, so I need to start making some headway on my shopping list.

Christmas wish list chalkboard

I’ve had a few people ask me if I would get any more enamelware tiered stands in my shop.  We haven’t had much time to work on more lately, but I did list this one today  (available here).

enamelware tiered stand

I think this will be the last  3-bowl enamelware stand we’ll get listed before Christmas, although I do still have these 3 stands available (click on images to view listings) as well.

Tiered Metal Stand - Created from Vintage Pie Pans & Wooden Spindle - Repurposed and Upcycled

enamelware bowl pedestal stand

tiered stand from repurposed strainer

I also have 1 Milk & Cream Co. sign made up and ready to ship.  It’s available here.

MILK & CREAM Co. Sign - Hand Made Typography Sign

Only 3 days left of my 12 Days of Christmas!  I really was’t sure I had it in me to create that many things for Christmas, but it has been a fun challenge, but I actually have a few project ideas that I haven’t had time to work on yet, but hope to.  If you missed any of the daily projects, you can find them all HERE.

handmade Christmas projects

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  1. i just started following your blog not too long ago and I just had to leave a comment to tell you that WOW! I love it and love everything you do! Very inspiring! Definitely one of my new faves!

  2. Great project, Angie! Love all of your designs!

  3. I just picked up an old children’s table with two chairs that I am going to do with blackboard/chalk paint! Great idea using it on a message board and it gave me the idea to do the same on a child’s table…they can learn and play all at the same time.
    Thank you!
    Treasures by Renee

    • Renee, I made a chalkboard on an old wooding folding table a few years ago, and I loved it! If I still had little ones, I wouldn’t have sold it, because it would have made a great spot for them to doodle & draw, or even play games on, and write their scores on it at the same time. Have fun making yours!

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