Sometimes you can’t find a chalkboard that is the right size, or you just don’t want to shell out tons of money to get one. Well, Hani from Craftionary was clever enough and used foam core board from the dollar store into a lightweight, kid-safe chalkboard. Bonus: she cut it to fit in a narrow space on her wall! Get the how to at her blog: [how to make a chalkboard from foam core]

You can get most of these supplies at the dollar store, although you will pick up the chalkboard paint at the craft store. You can buy readymade stencils at the dollar store or craft store, or you can make your own stencil. If you don’t have craft glue (such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue) and E-6000 glue, pick them up at your local craft store – they are very important tools in your dollar store crafting arsenal!

Project Estimate:

  • Foam core board, $1
  • Cardboard (cut according to the width and length you want), on hand
  • Craft glue, on hand
  • Chalkboard paint and sponge brush, $2
  • Ribbon or lace of your choice, on hand
  • Acrylic paint, on hand or $1
  • E-6000 glue or other strong glue, on hand
  • Picture hanging kit, $1

Total: $4 and up