We hope you love this DIY outdoor chalkboard for kids. Below we share two super easy ways to make your own DIY outdoor chalkboard for backyards and patios. Backyard chalkboards are a great outdoor play area for children. Transform your backyard with a DIY Chalkboard!
My husband and I used to run a daycare in our home on a one-acre lot. We created a lot of DIY outdoor play areas for the kids. One of the play spaces we created was a DIY outdoor chalkboard for backyards and patios.
A couple of years later we made another DIY chalkboard for kids when we moved to a new house. You can find pictures of both versions and directions to how we made them below.
My husband and I made lots of other fun outdoor play spaces for kids. We made water walls, sand and water tables, a backyard sandbox, and an outdoor art table and mud pie kitchen. Click on each of the links to learn how to make your own!
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
Related: How to Make Mud Pies
DIY Outdoor Chalkboard Step by Step Tutorial
Follow the step by step directions below to make a DIY outdoor chalkboard for kids to put in your backyard or on your patio.
Step 1 – Paint the Door with Chalkboard Paint
Find an area to paint the door. Place a tarp or an old sheet underneath it to protect the area you will be working in to paint your DIY outdoor chalkboard for kids.
We found the hollow wooden door we used at ReStore by Habitat for Humanity (not affiliated). Someone else had used it to paint a sign and donated it when they no longer needed it.
Since the wooden door we found had a base coat of paint applied, it was super easy for my husband and daughter to paint.
Use a paint roller with a smooth finish to paint a coat of chalkboard paint onto the door. 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 chalk paint to dry
Out little helper loves to do projects with daddy. For more info check out how to raise a helper.
Step 2 – Hang or Position DIY Outdoor Chalkboard
How to Hang DIY Chalkboard for Kids:
We hung the first DIY chalkboard we made in a long corridor between our house and the 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 to hang your outdoor. Ask your local hardware or home improvement store for help.
The photo below was taken after we hung the two DIY chalkboards we made for our home daycare. Over time it turned into a wonderful alley with chalk all over the chalkboards and ground for the kids to enjoy.
I wish I took more pictures of our DIY chalkboard for kids to share, but it was made long before I started this blog.
How to Position DIY Chalkboard
Our current landlord would not allow us to drill into the wall in order to hang our DIY chalkboard. At first, I thought this meant that we could not have one, and then I came up with the idea of propping our outdoor chalkboard up on cinder blocks. It works great!
Update: We have had our DIY outdoor chalkboard propped up on cinder blocks for over 2 years now and it has never fallen down or become a hazard. It is exposed to the elements and has become a bit warped over time so we will be heading to restore to get a new hollow wood door to make a new outdoor chalkboard this summer.
The DIY chalkboard you see below was one of the original outdoor chalkboards we hung up at our home daycare over 4 years ago. It lasted for 4 years outside before we felt we needed to replace it.
My daughter drew her family on the outdoor chalboard in the picture above. From left to right: herself, mommy, daddy, grandma, and a big circle for all the doggies constantly running around — haha!
DIY Outdoor Chalkboard for Kids
It’s really easy to make an outdoor chalkboard for kids. You don’t even have to hang it to make it work. Propping it up on cinderblocks works great too!
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