DIY Chalkboard Ornament

IMG_3355It’s no surprise that I love chalkboard paint.  It’s so much fun to turn average surfaces into a chalkboard!  With Christmas just around the corner, I am now using chalkboard paint to trim my tree.

Personalized ornaments are a big hit during the holidays. They make great gifts as well as personal statements for your Christmas tree.  Using a clear, plastic ornament, chalkboard paint and a little creativity, you can customize your ornament any way you choose!  Make one with your family name, write out a quote from a favorite holiday movie, pen a Christmas greeting to a friend, or draw a festive picture.  The great thing about using chalkboard paint is you can change the ornament from year to year.   It’s like getting a new ornament each Christmas!


  • Clear, plastic ornament
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Foam brush
  • Chalk or bistro chalk markers, for decorating
  • Twine, for hanging
  1. Carefully remove the metal top off of your ornament.  Set aside.
  2. With a stick or end of a brush, hold the ornament in place by its opening for easy painting.
  3. Use a foam brush to evenly apply two coats of chalkboard paint.  Let dry between coats (keep the stick in the ornament to hold upright and set in a glass or other sturdy surface to dry).
  4. When paint is completely dry, rub a piece of chalk all over ornament to activate the paint.
  5. Wipe chalk residue away with a dry paper towel and attach metal top onto ornament.
  6. Decorate your ornament with chalk or bistro markers.
  7. Cut a piece of twine and tie a loop onto top of ornament, then hang your chalkboard masterpiece!

I used bistro chalk markers to decorate my ornament.  They’re not as messy as a stick of chalk.  Although some bistro markers won’t wipe away completely with water, you can erase your design with glass cleaner.

This project is so easy that you can make a few of these at a time.  Give them out as gifts and instead of personalizing them, include a couple bistro markers or a pack of chalk.  These would make great presents for kids and adults!

Have fun – the decorating possibilities are endless with this project!

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