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How to Make a Chalkboard Wreath
- 64″ of 1×2 reclaimed wood
- If you don’t have a bucket of reclaimed wood handy, you can always use this weathered wood accelerator to get the look in minutes.
- 24″x24″ piece of 1/4″ plywood
- Miter saw
- If you don’t have a miter saw, you can also cut your wood with another saw or even a miter box and hand saw.
- Impact driver (or screwdriver)
- Wood glue
- Staple gun and staples
- 5/8″ wood screws
- Chalkboard paint and paint supplies
- Faux flower stems
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Cut your reclaimed wood into (8) 7 1/2″ pieces. Cut each end so they are at a 22.5 degree angle with the angles pointing towards the center on the bottom of the boards.
Connect the wreath frame by adding wood glue to the cut ends of the wood. Place the two pieces so they are flush together and secure with 3-4 staples over the seam. Clamps come in really handy to hold everything together while you staple.
Continue around the entire octagon until you come back to the beginning and have a complete shape. The octagon wreath form will not be super sturdy until the wood glue is given a chance to dry completely. Leave alone on a flat surface to dry.
Trace the inside of the octagon on the plywood. Then using a jigsaw, cut out the shape 1/2″ bigger than the inside of the octagon. Don’t worry if it isn’t a perfectly clean cut (I was too lazy to change my jigsaw blade to a dinner tooth for the plywood) because it will be totally hidden.
Paint the top of the plywood with at least 2 coats of the chalkboard paint.
Place the plywood face down on the back of the octagon wreath form. Center it up and secure it to the form with the wood screws. This will also help to add sturdiness to the octagon frame.
Prime the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk over the entire surface then wiping it off. Now you are ready to add your message.
Since my handwriting is not very good, I use a cheater method for creating the perfect chalkboard.
How to fake beautiful chalkboard lettering:
- Print the text on a regular piece of paper.
- Rub a piece of chalk all over the back of the paper where the lettering is.
- Lay the paper over your chalkboard.
- Trace the outside of the lettering with a pencil.
- Remove the paper and fill in the traced lines with your chalk or chalk markers.
Once your message is finished, you can add the flowers to the framed chalkboard wreath. Cut the floral stems into smaller pieces and hot glue them to the frame.
Now your beautiful reclaimed wood chalkboard wreath is ready to hang. I absolutely love how it turned out. And the bright orange-red flowers really pop on our green front door.
For more easy woodworking projects, don’t forget to check out all my Woodworking Tutorials.