Chalkboard Menus? Yes, Please!

When I was in elementary school, I loved being called upon to solve problems on the chalkboard; it was pretty much the coolest part about class.  Nostalgic and simple, chalkboards have become much more than a teaching tool over the years.  Poole’s Diner, a local hot spot in downtown Raleigh, is known for their massive board of rotating specials (among other things!).  The trend is widespread, however, reaching into shops, our homes, and WEDDINGS — I, for one, couldn’t be happier!

chalkboard wedding menu "cake buffet"

There are a variety of ways to utilize chalkboards for your big day, and with the ease of chalkboard paint, you really could turn just about anything into a fun writable surface.  Today though, we’ll focus primarily on menus.

various wedding chalkboard menus

Whether your style is modern, fanciful, or quirky a chalkboard menu is a delightful way to share dinner plans with guests.  A handmade chalkboard menu will be even more spectacular!

I thought long and hard about how I was going to share a DIY chalkboard menu post this month — I considered materials, size, style.  I thought I’d go ahead and make one for my own wedding, but I haven’t figured out enough details just yet to know what look I might like best.  Ultimately, the process is very simple and the outcomes so vast, that rather than show you step by step how to apply chalkboard paint to your surface, I thought I’d share some DIY tips to help you get an A+ on this easy as pie project!

DIY chalkboard supplies

The Necessities:  Chalkboard paint, paint brush, paintable surface

Potential Surfaces: A simple wooden board, a surfboard (whoa!), a platter, an old window, a skate board, reclaimed wood, a lampshade (what?!) …the list goes on.  If it’s flat and mostly smooth, you can make it work.

Framing Options (for flat boards):

  • Check out local thrift shops for vintage funky frames to re-purpose in any color you’d like.
  • Line up (and glue) wine corks around the edge of a painted board.
  • Affix split wood or branches (natural or painted!) to frame your menu.
  • Think about other odd objects that could frame your board — crayons, spoons, shells, toy cars!

The options are almost limitless.  I’m glad I have a year to figure out the perfect chalkboard menu for my own big day!  What ideas do you have?



to-do list - this month's free downloadIf you’re like me, with a busy schedule and a wedding to plan, you’re probably juggling a whole lot of ideas and things that need to get done.  I’ve been jotting stuff down on random sticky notes, but now I can put those away and use these handy to-do lists that Katie designed for us!  We’re sharing these super cute, purse-tuckable lists with you this month as a free download to help you check off your list during the busiest season of the year (yep, just in time for the holidays)!  Our first reader to comment on this post will receive a lovely stack of 15… printed, cut, and ready to go!

Images: Cake Buffet board, Modern board, Fanciful board, Quirky board

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