Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chalkboard Pedestal Frames

Today I’m sharing my tutorial on how I made some chalkboard pedestal frames.
I started with a package of candle cups purchased here and some simple frames.
The first thing I did was take apart all the frames.  Keep the parts for later.
Using wood glue, I stacked up 2-3 candle cups to get the various heights,
and then glued them together.
Next I painted the frames with a creamy Heirloom White,
and glazed them with Ralph Lauren’s smoke glaze.
I used a sponge brush to paint on the glaze and wiped it off with a paper towel.  This leaves some glaze in the grooves of the frames for the aged look.
I did the same painting and glazing with the candle cups.
No picture (sorry) but I also painted and glazed the round wooden discs which became the “base” of the chalkboard holders (see first pic). I purchased my 4 inch round wooden discs from Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  Any smaller wooden shape would work just fine!

Next, I took off the easel and hardware from the back of the frames.  (Keep the thick cardboard to use when putting it back together.)
Next, I used the cardboard (in pic above) to measure my Contact chalkboard paper, and I cut a piece of chalkboard for each frame.  (I purchased my Contact chalkboard paper here.)
The next step is to peel off the backing and attach the chalkboard paper to the glass.  Adhering it to the glass insures a smooth writing surface.  Place the glass and the cardboard backing back into the frame and now you have these:
I wanted my chalkboards to be double-sided, so using the wood glue I glued them back to back…
Then I grabbed some books to weight it down while it dried. It doesn’t take long to dry … maybe 15 minutes.
The final step is to glue all the pieces together.  I glued the candle cups to the wooden discs first, then the chalkboard frames to the candle cups.
I used 4x6 and 3.5 x 5 frames.  Another option would be to place the frames vertical for a bit more height.  I am thrilled with how they turned out!
Want your own but don’t want to mess with making it? You can grab some from my Etsy shop!
Thanks for visiting!


  1. Oh how very cute! And the bases you created are so sturdy! Love chalkboards and yours is great!

  2. I love this idea! Not only that, I love that you gave the option of following your directions and making it or buying it in your shop!!!

  3. these are so cute!! love them! They look like they were a lot of fun to make. Pinning this :)

  4. So cute! What size are the disks...and where did you find them? :)

  5. LOVE these!!! Great tutorial!!! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours Link Party!! ;)

  6. These are so awesome! I love the vintage look. :)

  7. Well duh Lori! When I made you the chalkboard Santa Claus, I could have used the chalkboard contact paper lol, instead of searching for chalkboard paint. Your vintage-y looking chalkboard pedestals are wonderful! Hugs, Lorettie

  8. These are awesome!!! TFS! Found your project on Pinterest!

  9. There are great... I would love to also know where you found the bases and what size they are if you don't mind. Thanks! Amy

  10. Super Cute! Thanks so much for linking up!! Just a reminder to register for my giveaway...

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    XO, Aimee

  11. I finished the four of mine I have been working on. I love them! Thank you for a great tutorial!!

  12. These are so great- how cute these would be to use on a buffet table or anywhere you want to remind yourself of something or to put your bible verse that you are memorizing. I love how elegant and vintage they look!

  13. So cute!
    I love your link up !

  14. Wonderful project! Love them, Thank you :)

  15. Always looking for unique, useful, and cost effective crafting ideas... SWEET I will do this for my daughter's new apartment. She is a list maker. EXCITED!

  16. Thank you so much for this great idea! I just pinned this! I would absolutely love it if you would link this project up to our "impossibility" party. Here's the link:

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  17. I am in love with all things chalkboard. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!!! Super Super cute

  18. This is really awesome, thanks so much for sharing how to do this!

  19. Awesome! What size wood disc do you use??

  20. Awesome job...curious to how well you find the contact papter holds up??

  21. Your frames are super-cute - love em! I have this linked to my picture frames post too today, well done!