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How to Make a DIY Chalkboard Map

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”…

Or, the similar yet lesser known quote…

“When life gives you bear art, make a chalkboard map.” 😉


Framed Art
Painter’s Tape
Map Printable {I used this one from Mr. Printables}
Measuring Tape
Printer & Paper
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How To

Step #1: Tape off the glass inside your framed art.

Step #2: Apply at least 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

Step #3: Let dry completely. I waited several days.

Step #4: Download a map printable {I used this one}.

Step #5: Measure the dimensions of your chalkboard. Mine was 26.5″ wide and 22.5″ tall.

Step #6: Create a document equal to that size {in Photoshop or another editing program}, insert the map and expand it to the full document size. It might be blurry; but that is okay — you’ll just be using it as a stencil.

Step #7: Divide that document up into 8.5×11 segments {i.e. a standard piece of paper}. I inserted a grey 8.5×11 rectangle to use as a guide. Then I’d copy and paste each section into it’s own document.

When finished, I had 10 different 8.5×11 segments {like the two pieces of paper laying just below the frame in the next photo}. This will vary according to the dimensions of your chalkboard.

Step #8: Print each 8.5×11 segment of your map.

Note: You could also print the map full size at FedEx, Staples or a similar location. Then you could skip Steps 7 & 8. I chose to print mine at home on a standard printer to save money. However, it would be easiest to send it to a print shop.
Step #9: Cut out your map sections and lay them on the chalkboard as shown.

Step #9: Outline your map with the chalk marker.

Step #10: Cut out your states {or countries — depending on the map you chose} one at a time and outline them individually.

Slowly but surely, it will begin shaping up!

After it came together I decided to color in Kentucky, since that is where we are from {and where we live currently}.

It’s going to hang in our dining room above the fireplace. I’m looking forward to being able to dress this frame up for the seasons — maybe with some bunting, a wreath or some twinkle lights!  It will be a focal point on our mantle; so I love that it is simple, graphic, black and white art.

Have you ever turned old art into a chalkboard? What did you draw on it?

Craftivity Designs

Friday 26th of September 2014

Thanks so much for hosting :)

Elizabeth Joan Designs

Wednesday 24th of September 2014

Love your chalkboard map! Thanks for linking up at Your Designs This Time!

Erin & Emily

Craftivity Designs

Tuesday 23rd of September 2014

Thanks, Christine!! :)

Christine Vandormolen

Tuesday 23rd of September 2014

love this and pinned!!!! Christine from Little Brags