Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve put a note on your door, asking your mom or your room mate to wake you up? I’m that person, at least 3 times a week. And though it is an annoying habit, I haven’t had a lot of success beating it. So instead, I was thinking of ways to making it more convenient. That’s how we came up with these DIY chalkboard door hanger ideas. That way, you can leave notes on your door or cupboard and change it up easily.
Initially I started off with making a whole bunch of these in different sizes and shapes (I had plans to sell them). But, my cousins arrived while I was mid way through making them. And, they took one each. So, I ended up battling with them so I could keep two (one for me and one for my sister)! Here’s how you can make them too!
Time taken: 45 minutes execution time + 24 hours for the blackboard to dry.
- Blackboard spray / paint
- Door hangers ( I bought mine here)
- Masking Tape / magic tape
- Acrylic Paint
- Black Marker (optional)
Prepwork: You should spray the board with 2 layers of chalkboard paint spray, 24 hours in advance. This way, the paint has had plenty of time to dry before you get started on the drawing.
Steps for the chalkboard portion of the hanger:
- Move to an open space and place the hanger on a newspaper or disposal sheet of plastic.
- Mark the space for the chalkboard and apply two lines of masking tape above it. The paint spreads a little and you don’t want it to spread onto the upper half of the hanger.
- Cover your mouth and nose and spray one layer of paint, going back and forth over the marked out space.
- Wait for 20-30 minutes after the the first layer, before spraying the second layer.
- Let it dry for 24 hours and peel off the tape.
Start by painting the rim of the hanger, being very careful so that the paint does not spread onto the blackboard. You want to do the rim first, so if the paint spreads, you can cover it up later.
After the rim has dried, you can do a whole bunch of designs from block colours to ombre shading to gold sponge. Both on the front and the back of the hanger.
For the coloured straight lines: Place the tape in equal spaces and paint between them. Once the paint has dried completely, peel of the tape. Add details with a black marker.
For the sponged gold: Paint the hanger in a block colour and let it dry out. Next, add a faint layer of gold sponge by dipping a small sponge in a little bit of paint and dabbing it over the block colour. Be very careful to not dab the gold over the blackboard!
For the gradient effect: I like to divide the portion to be painted into 3 parts. Paint the bottom most one the darkest shade of paint. Then use a clean brush to paint a lighter shade in the middle. And, another one to paint the topmost one. Blend using a little bit of water. To finish up, you can add a piece of washi tape where the gradient meets the chalkboard.
To complete, sprinkle a little bit of chalk over the chalkboard hanger and rub it. This is pretty important. As it makes sure that the writing does not stain the spray paint. And you’re done!
What do you think of our DIY chalkboard door hanger ideas? Let me know your thoughts and comments in the section below! Also, what DIY chalkboard ideas have you tried? I’m a bit obsessed with them and would love to try some more!