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DIY Wood Slice Chalkboard Sign For Mantle

Y’all, I think is the fastest and easiest DIY home decor project I’ve ever done! With the wedding, I haven’t spent much time decorating the mantle, but once we got married, I had the idea for a DIY chalkboard wood slice.  It goes perfectly with the fireplace and the kitchen chalkboard door panel.  My love for farmhouse decor also didn’t hurt!  This was a project I was able to complete within a few hours.

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Materials for DIY Chalkboard Wood Slice

DIY Wood Slice

Chalk markers

It was a beautiful day outside so I decided to grab my work table, which you can see is used quite often and get to work!

There are so many wood slice shapes, sizes, and thicknesses.  I chose one that is oval and a little off center.  The one thing I decided with this project was that I didn’t want it to be perfect.  That sounds strange, doesn’t it?  For me, it isn’t because guess what?  No one’s life is perfect, there are up and downs in life and I wanted it to be more about us and less about perfection.  Know what I mean?

For the first to create my DIY chalkboard wood slice, I used a black crayon to draw the guideline for the oval I would paint with the chalkboard paint.  I free-handed the circle and it turned out just as I wanted.  It needed to be a little imperfect just as the shape of the wood slice.

Black marker for DIY projects

I took my time and sketched the oval on the wood slice.  Drawing the line a little at a time makes it easier to fix anything you may want to change or redo.

DIY Wood Sign

If you notice, I don’t make a hard line.  As I mentioned before, just sketch it with a light line, almost as if you were coloring.

Wood Slice

DIY Wood Slice

DIY Wood Slice

DIY Chalkboard Wood Slice

Now it’s time to whip out the paint! I used a light coat and painted inside of the circle guide I drew on the wood slice.  I used a small paint brush and a sponge brush.  It was such a sunny day, the coats of paint were drying almost instantly.  

Painted DIY Wood Slice

Painted DIY Chalkboard Wood Slice

Chalkboard Wood Slice

Wood Slice Chalkboard for Mantle

Even though the paint dried quickly, I still gave it a couple of hours to dry on the wood slice.  Once the paint was dry, I grabbed my chalk markers.  These markers are like paint markers and are easy to write with.  When something didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted, I just grabbed a damp cloth, wiped and wrote again!  This is my first time using chalk markers and I love them!  I can’t wait to use them on another project.

Here’s my finished DIY Chalkboard Wood Slice!  What do you think?

DIY Chalkboard Wood Slice

See ya later!

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43 Comments… add one
  • Emily 05/09/2017, 8:11 AM

    Okay this is super cute!

    • Lynn 05/09/2017, 11:41 AM

      Thanks Emily!

  • Katie 05/09/2017, 10:34 AM

    I love it and want to make one ! πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 05/09/2017, 11:42 AM

      Thanks Katie! It was super easy to make-great project for any day. The longest part was the paint drying.

  • Hayley Botte 05/09/2017, 11:44 AM

    Such a cute idea Lynne! I love that it’s actually easy to do! I read so many DIY projects that I’d never be able to do myself! Thanks for sharing

    • Lynn 05/09/2017, 3:01 PM

      Yes Hayley, that’s one of the reasons I love this project-it’s easy!

  • Lisa 05/09/2017, 12:03 PM

    This is the cutest idea! I am totally going to do it! Also it would be a cute housewarming or wedding gift! Thanks for sharing!



    • Lynn 05/09/2017, 2:59 PM

      Thanks Lisa and yes, it would make a wonderful wedding gift!

  • Christine 05/09/2017, 1:46 PM

    I love this idea. I have made DIY chalkboards in my house, one in my son’s room on the wall and one in my kitchen using a large picture frame, but I haven’t seen this done on wood. Love it! Must try it. Thanks for sharing…your photos are helpful too.

    • Lynn 05/09/2017, 2:59 PM

      Thanks Christine! I have fallen in love with chalkboard paint. I especially love the one in my kitchen.

  • Claire 05/09/2017, 2:58 PM

    Looks so fun! While I’m not good, I love decorating and making new things. This one doesn’t look as difficult as others!

    • Lynn 05/09/2017, 5:03 PM

      I’m sure yours will turn out fabulous Claire! Building up to bigger projects is what helped me over the years to this point and getting help from my husband when I need it.

  • Dionne Abouelela 05/09/2017, 10:56 PM

    Very cute! I love that you didn’t stress too much about perfections or centering and just let it look natural. Sometimes we forget that when we are creating, it’s about the joy and not the commercial perfection. Bravo!

    • Lynn 05/10/2017, 11:08 AM

      So true Dionne! Thanks for visiting.

  • Esperanza 05/11/2017, 11:07 PM

    I love this idea! What a cute DIY and it looks so easy to make! Thanks for sharing <3

  • Sahana 05/12/2017, 10:51 AM

    Such a simple and nice idea, Lynn. #HomeMattersParty

    • Lynn 05/15/2017, 8:49 PM

      Thanks, Sahana!

  • Donna @ Modern on Monticello 05/17/2017, 4:21 PM

    I like this idea. It is so simple and cute. #HomeMattersParty

  • Emily 05/18/2017, 8:48 AM

    What a great project. I love making chalkboards. #HomeMattersParty

  • Nicole 05/18/2017, 5:37 PM

    Congratulations on your wedding! Love this wood slice decor project. It would make a great personalized gift for anyone, too. #HomeMattersParty

  • Brittany Wise 05/26/2017, 3:01 PM

    This such a cute idea! I think it would be perfect for creating mini menus / drink options for picnics in the summertime!

  • Janet Earling-Bencivenni 05/26/2017, 3:02 PM

    Cute idea, looks great on your mantle, and soooo easy to make!

  • Tiffany Meiter 05/26/2017, 5:16 PM

    Oh I love that! It is such a great idea.

  • Kimberly Hsieh 05/26/2017, 6:32 PM

    This DIY is so cute and easy to do!

  • Cassie 05/26/2017, 6:57 PM

    Love this so much! I definitely want to try some more DIY myself so this would be great to start with!

  • Frank 05/26/2017, 10:40 PM

    What a fun and creative DIY Home decor project! The chalkboard wood slice looks like it was a lot of fun to put together!

  • Rosemary 05/26/2017, 10:54 PM

    What a cute idea, and much easier than I thought. The idea of having a chalkboard at home really interests me…I just didn’t know I could make it easily. Thanks for sharing these DIY tips!!

  • Sara 05/27/2017, 4:38 PM

    This turned out beautifully! I love chalkboard paint! #HomeMattersParty

  • Tina H 05/28/2017, 3:13 AM

    This looks like a wonderful DYI idea that I should definitely give it a try. Also, you made it looks so easy (which I hope it was) so that’s an even more reason I should make one haha

    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart

  • Lindsay 05/29/2017, 2:25 PM

    I love handmade chalkboards! We had one for our “Welcome to our Wedding” sign! What a nice thing to make for your family. Thank you for all the DIY tips! xx, Lindsay | Paris, Meet Boston | http://www.parismeetboston.com

    • Lynn 05/30/2017, 7:50 AM

      I love chalkboard signs too! I think they add such a home/personal feel. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Katherine 05/31/2017, 10:22 AM

    this is so cute and love how you did these pics! The explanation was super thorough as well. I bet something like this looks amazing in a rustic farmhouse vibe!

    • Lynn 06/01/2017, 4:38 PM

      Thanks Katherine, I think they would look great there too!

  • Kaitlynn 06/05/2017, 1:22 PM

    Love this quick and easy project!! Such a cute way to decorate the house πŸ™‚

  • Lorelai 06/14/2017, 6:13 PM

    So cute! And woodsy, too! πŸ™‚

    Life with Lorelai

  • Lorelai 06/14/2017, 8:38 PM

    This craft seems so fun and easy to do! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty
    Life With Lorelai

  • Sarah 08/15/2017, 9:11 PM

    This is adorable! I definitely need to make one of these for my family, and it would also make such a cute gift too!!!

  • mikal shone 10/20/2017, 9:35 AM

    you guys are doing fabulous job!my wife is creative girl , i have told her this chalkboard DIY , she is loving it…

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