Thursday, February 7, 2013

DIY Tabletop Chalkboard Easel

Build: tabletop chalkboard easel


I modified plans from Ana White here to make portable tabletop size chalkboard easels.

This smaller version of the original has a 13" x 13" chalk space:

Versus the original folding chalkboard easel with an 18" x 18" chalk space:

This smaller size is just the right for kids sitting at the table:


Or playing school with an American Girl doll:

An of course it folds and is easily portable just like the original:

Don't forget to make the zippered chalk pouch to store all those pieces of chalk:

Here's how to build the tabletop chalkboard easel:

1. Use Ana's plans as a guide and modify the cut list:

2 - 1x2 @ 13"
2 - 1x3 @ 13"
4 - 1x2 @ 19"
2 - 1x2 @14 1/2"
2 - 1/8" hardboard @ 16" x 17"

2. Paint hardboard with black chalkboard paint:


 3. Build frames using pocket holes on backside:

4. Attach chalk ledge with countersunk 2" #8 wood screw from the back.
Glue and clamp in place then attach screw:

5. Paint frames two coats (or stain) and seal with clear satin poly:

6. Attach hardboard by placing frame facedown, chalk ledge flush up against edge of table:

7. Drill holes for rope:

8. Attach hinges, rope and handle.


  1. So cute! I hope to try this idea out soon. Thanks for sharing. Megan

  2. These are so cute lined up in all the different colors!

  3. I love these! My kids would too! Thanks for the tutorial!