My husband and I used to run a daycare in our home on a one-acre lot. We created a lot of outdoor play spaces for the kids. One of the play spaces we created was an outdoor chalkboard.
Recently we made a new one for our daughter at the house we currently live in. I will be sharing both versions and how we made them with you.
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DIY Outdoor Chalkboard
DIY Outdoor Chalkboard Materials
- Hollow interior wooden door without a doorknob hole cut into it [We found ours used at ReStore by Habitat for Humanity — not affiliated.]
- Chalkboard Paint
- 6-Inch Foam Roller for Ultra-Smooth Surfaces
- Tarp, Drop Cloth, or old sheet
- Screw & Anchors or cinderblocks
DIY Outdoor Chalkboard Directions:
Step 1 – Paint door with chalkboard paint
- Find an area to paint the door and place tarp or old sheet underneath it. We found ours used at ReStore by Habitat for Humanity. Someone else had used it to paint a sign and donated it when they no longer needed it.
- Use a paint roller with a smooth finish to paint a coat of chalkboard paint. We have learned that starting with one coat is fine. It’s better to save it and put on a fresh coat every few months.
- Work quickly to keep it smooth – it gets tacky.
- Allow to dry
Out little helper loves to do projects with daddy.
Step 2 – Hang or Position
- We hung the first outdoor chalkboards we made in a long corridor between our house and garage. The walls were board and batten so we drilled right into the wood to hang it. No anchors needed.
- It is possible to drill into all surfaces with the right screws and anchors. Ask your local hardware or home improvement store for help.
- The photo below was taken after we hung the two chalkboards we made for our home daycare. Over time it turned into a wonderful alley with chalk all over the boards and ground for the kids to enjoy.
- Our current landlord would not allow us to drill into the wall so we propped it on cinder blocks. I was sad at first, but I think it turned out great! What do you think?
My daughter drew her family in the picture above. From left to right: herself, mommy, daddy, grandma, and a big circle for all the doggies — haha!
It’s really easy to make an outdoor chalkboard. You don’t even have to hang it to make it work. Propping it up on cinderblocks also works great.
We will be sharing about many other outdoor play spaces over the next weeks and months. Be sure you sign up to receive our newsletter below so you don’t miss anything!
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