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Halloween Chalkboard Sign

Use this framed chalkboard as a menu, sign, Halloween decoration, or a backdrop for art you can change on a whim.

Halloween-theme framed chalkboard made from an old picture frame.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Jigsaw or circular saw (optional)
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure


  • New or vintage frame of your choice
  • .115-in x 47.75-in x 95.76-in hardboard panel
  • 18-gauge x .75-in wire brads
  • Valspar black chalkboard spray paint

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Step 1

Measure the opening on the back side of the frame. Cut the panel about 1/8 inch smaller than the opening.

Good to Know

If you don’t have a saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the panel to size in the store.

Step 2

Spray-paint the panel on both sides with chalkboard paint. Spray-paint the frame the same color. Let both dry overnight.

Step 3

Insert the panel in the frame and hold it in place by driving brads about 3/8 inch deep into the recess around the frame opening every 6 inches.

Step 4

Add the chalk design or message of your choice, and hang or set the framed chalkboard in place.

Now add even more Halloween decorations.