Handmade blackboard chalkboard photo frame idea by The CraftablesWoah, this chalkboard photo frame has been on a journey! I feel like we struggled with every single step for this DIY. We thought of the idea way back in April. Since then, I’ve had it on my list of crafts to create. Little did I know, I would carry it to India and back home to Dubai. And I still wouldn’t manage to finish it. From patchy acrylic paint to chalkboard paint spreading to memory cards going missing. I even considered scrapping the idea altogether. Which is really odd, considering how easy it is. Maybe it was just a creative block. Good news is – it’s finally done! It’s not perfect by any means. But, I have a feeling kids would really enjoy making it. So, here it is!

Do it yourself craft ideas for kids using chalkboard

Time taken: 30 minutes to paint. A couple of minutes to spray paint.


  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Black marker (optional)
  • Basic photo frame
  • Photograph to match frame
  • Magic Tape

The Craftables | DIY chalkboard Photo Frame


It’s a good idea to prepare the chalkboard in advance. Because it takes a couple of hours to dry.

  1. Tape the portion of the frame, you do not want to color with magic tape. Make sure to press it flat, so the paint can’t seep through.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose while spraying the chalk paint. It can give you a massive headache.
  3. Place the mat on a newspaper / disposable sheet before spraying.
  4. Spray the remaining portion with 2 layers of chalkboard paint spray, keeping an hour long gap between the two layers of spraying. Let it dry. Keep the spray close to the surface and spray on thick layers, without leaving any gaps.

Crafts for kids DIY blackboard chalkboard photo frame


  1. Once the spray paint has dried, Carefully peel off the magic tape.
  2. As with the first step, place the magic tape over the frame. This time covering the blackboard side.
  3. Paint the remaining portion of the frame. Covering the front, sides and back. Let it dry.
  4. If the paint has come out patchy, you can add small details using a black marker, to match the chalkboard side of the frame.
  5. Once the paint has dried, remove the tape and touch up the paint, if needed.
  6. Rub some chalk over the chalkboard half of the frame. This is important because writing on a fresh chalkboard can scratch it. So, by rubbing some powder, you’re adding a layer in between.
  7. Place the photo inside and write a message with chalk

And that’s it! Your chalkboard frame is ready 🙂

DIY chalkboard photo frame tutorial

How do you like this chalkboard photo frame? How would you personalise it? Let us know in the comments below!