RTW: Chalkboard and Corkboard Combo TUTORIAL

Reader’s Tutorial Week is a week where i spotlight my Reader’s fabulous tutorials and introduce you to fellow Craftaholics. it’s tons of fun!!

Happy Friday Friends and welcome to my little (big) tutorial for Readers Tutorial Week here at Craftaholics Anonymous.  Thank you Linda for hosting such a great event, and for letting me take part in it.  I am beyond honored!  I hope you enjoy my contribution and would love to hear from you.  If you have any questions or decide to give it a try, please shoot me an email.  I blog at Four Flights of Fancy  and my newly launched Etsy shop can be found at www.fourflightsoffancy.etsy.com.

Real quick, a little about myself.  I am a mommy to a 5 year old little girl and a 3 year old boy, and am getting that baby fever again!  In my spare time (meaning I stay up late), I craft, sew, read and watch TV.  I also love cooking, baking and fashion.  I’m a little bit flighty and I have a wonderful husband that supports all my Lucille Ball ways, and loves me just the same.  I hope you check out my blog and/or Etsy shop and say “hi!”

Now on to the tutorial for a DIY Chalkboard and Cork board Combo.  I’ve been wanting a chalkboard and a cork board, but I didn’t want to have to decide which one to hang in my office, so now I don’t have to!


New or old frame (mine was scored at an estate type sale hosted by Rachel for $8!)

Paint for frame

Masonite (often comes in big sheets of 4’x8′)


Chalkboard paint or spray paint


Fabric piece of some sort to wrap around cork (optional)

Glue of some sort (I just used a hot glue gun, but wood glue would work well)

Screws or Staple Gun

Phase 1 the planning part & the most important part!:

After aquiring and measuring your frame take a trip to the hardware store for your supplies and to get your masonite cut (unless you have a good table saw at home).  My frame is 30″x40″, and I knew I wanted half of it to be cork and half to be chalkboard, so I had them cut my masonite to 18″x26″ and then at home I cut my cork to the same dimensions.

Now you will need one more piece of masonite cut for the backing of the entire frame (you could also use plywood, but might as well get use out of that big piece of masonite!).  I had mine cut to 28.5″x38.5″.

Now you can go home with your goodies!  

Phase 2:

Prep and paint your items starting with the frame.  First apply primer.

Then apply your choice of color.  I used Martha Stewart’s Aegean Blue

Phase 3:

Prep your chalkboard by first priming the masonite (I learned how to do this phase from this fun post)

Even little 5 year old hands can help :)

Next grab your chalkboard paint, or in this case, spray paint and spray the masonite with an even coat of paint.

Then after the spray paint has fully dried for 24 hours, cover the chalkboard with chalk, then erase.  This helps to cure the chalkboard.

Phase 4:

Now it’s time to get the cork all set.  Start off by wrapping your cork (optional) in your choice of fabric.  I used burlap because it’s cheap, it’s neutral, I love it and I had a piece lying around the house.

I first laid the piece of cork on top of the burlap, then I started hot gluing the burlap edges to the cork

Cut off the corner edges to get rid of extra bulk in the corners.  Remember this is going to lie in the frame, so we want it nice and flush.

And this is what the finished wrapped cork looks like.

Phase 5:

Now this is the part where we reinforce the burlap, since it is a flimsy material to begin with.  Remember that big piece of masonite I had you get cut?  Grab that out now.  That big piece will serve as not only the reinforcement for the cork, but also the backing for our entire frame.  Think of that big piece as the black velvet piece that comes with any photo frame you purchase.  Get it?  If not, you’ll see…

 Apply hot glue (or wood glue if you have that) to the back of the burlap wrapped cork piece.  Smother it all over, don’t be shy!  Then flip it over and press it down to the big piece of masonite, towards the bottom half of it (or top, depending on where you want your cork at the top or bottom of the frame).

Glue down the corners just to reinforce it.

And this is what it will look like when complete

Phase 6 – Assembly (Final Phase!)

So take your frame and lie it face down on your work surface.

Next, insert the chalkboard piece into the frame by simply sliding it in, just like a picture.  You may notice that there are a couple of extra pieces of board glued to the back of my masonite.  I added those pieces at the end with hot glue just to add thickness to the chalkboard so that the chalkboard and cork would be the same depths and be flush in the frame.  Depending on the thickness of your masonite and cork, you may have to do the same, or not.

Then take your big piece of masonite with the cork glued to it and slide that in.  The cork will pop right into the grooves of the frame, and then that big piece of masonite will just lie right over the grooves of the frame, holding and securing everything in!

Finally, you just screw in the large overlaying piece of masonite onto the frame.

And you’re done!

I added some decorative pom-poms with hot glue, but of course that’s optional.

Hang, add your important items and a sweet message to someone special, and ENJOY!

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Very thorough – nicely done!

  2. 2

    The pom-poms are an awesome touch!

    And if I had a chair like that in my… office… I'd be a better person, I am sure of it ;)

  3. 3

    Great tutorial! Love the color you painted the frame! Looks great over your desk. Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. 4

    That is so pretty, I love the pom poms! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.