Cute little chalkboard sandwich boards seem to be everywhere these days. Outside of Bucky’s, at the farmer’s market, in front of cute vintage shops, on the sidewalk downtown, and there really needs to be one at my house. A good A-frame sign is priceless. It can be used at birthday parties, to greet guests at weddings, for garage sale signage, to keep score during a game of cornhole, little people can draw on it, messages displayed, and it can be used to sell lemonade at a roadside stand. The possibilities are endless!
Sadly, these adorable signs start at $50 retail for a small version and go all the way up to $125 for a big boy. Yikes! Lucky for us, they are pretty simple and cost effective to build on our own, and I have the details of the DIY plan all figured out free just for you. Your welcome.
CHALKBOARD SANDWICH BOARD SUPPLIES:
Plywood – Qty. 2 – 1/4″ thick – 18″ X 32″
- Trim Wood – Qty. 4 – 2.5″ X 35″, 4 – 2.5″ X 15″
- Wood Screws – 1″
- Hinges – Qty. 2 – 2.5″ wide
- Chalkboard Spray Paint
- Chain – Qty. 2 – 1/4″ link – 6″ long
- Cordless Drill
- Tape Measure
The idea behind this sandwich board was to save money, so all the wood I used in this DIY is from my reclaimed wood pile. The trim wood is from an old fence and the plywood is the siding from the not tub hot tub we demolished a few weeks ago. Its free, but I do have to cut my pieces to size which is the hardest part of this project.
1) Measure, mark, and measure once more, before cutting the trim. Cut 4 trim pieces that are 2.5″ wide by 35″ long and 4 trim pieces 2.5″ wide by 15″ long.
Secure to a surface with clamps and get your saw on using a worm saw, skill saw, or jig saw. If your a badass, use a handsaw and work those biceps. I tried to cut the trim as straight as possible with my worm saw, but the edges are far from perfect. It’s okay though, because the imperfections definitely add to the rustic feel.
If this step looks too complicated, or using a power saw scares you, then save yourself the anxiety attack and head on down to your local hardware store. Once there, you can buy trim pieces the width you need, or have them cut for you by the friendly helper man. You can also have the plywood for the chalkboard cut to size for you at most hardware stores.
2) Cut 2 pieces of plywood 18″ wide by 32″ long. Sand the edges and one side of each board smooth using a palm sander and a fine grit sand paper.
3) Wipe dust away with a damp cloth and apply 2 to 3 coats of chalkboard spray paint to one side of each piece of plywood and allow the paint to set over night.
4) Lay out the pieces to each side of the sandwich board. Use a cordless drill and 1″ wood screws to secure the trim pieces to the chalkboard. Start with the top and bottom wood length, making sure they are centered on the board and hang over the top and bottom edge of the chalkboard by 1/4″.
5) Flip the sandwich board wrong side up and place the tops of the boards together. Line the hinges up 2 inches from the side of the trim and secure with the hardware provided.
6) To secure the 6″ chain, measure 12 inches down from the top of the left side of the sandwich board and mark with a pen. Use a wood screw to secure one side of the chain to the board. Repeat for the right side.
7) Stand the A-frame up and secure the chains to the backside of the other sandwich board. Stand back and admire your hard work. Good job, kid!
The chalkboard sign looked adorable last night when I used it for the first time at my plant sale. In fact, the sign got more comments then my veggie starts did, which made me chuckle.
I have no doubt this sandwich board is going to get used like a sweaty gym towel, and for the total cost of $2.25 for the hinges (the wood, paint and screws were on hand), I call that a DIY of a deal. Mix up the trim style, paint the wood, or add a flourish to the top or bottom, and you can turn this rustic chalkboard sandwich board into your own unique creation. Happy building!