How to Make a DIY Chalkboard Menu (without using power tools)

Are you looking for ways to organise meal times a little better? Learn how to build this easy DIY chalkboard menu (without using power tools!)

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‘I’m Hungry. Whats for dinner?’

Can’t tell you the amount of time I’ve heard that question. What I can tell you though, is that 10 out of 10 times that question is usually directed straight at me. You see, not only must mums be omnipresent in all things, but they also need to be top notch cooks too. It’s a pretty demanding job description but for the most part, I do OK.

Up until the moment I get asked that question . And suddenly I don’t want to do ‘the job’ anymore. ‘What ARE we having for dinner?” I think to myself. That’s right . . I don’t know either. “Oh to be the kind of mum who plans meals in advance” I also think. But hey, maybe I can be? This DIY chalkboard menu board I’ve created might just be the prompt I need to get a little more organised with the cooking.

Diy chalkboard menu leaning against the wall next to a striped cabinet with cereal atop
See how to make this striped cabinet here

What I Love most about this chalkboard menu is that

  • Its freestanding , so it doesn’t need to be drilled into the wall (perfect for those who rent like myself)
  • It’s super easy to build. No power tools required – its made completely from glue (Gorilla Glue to be exact)

Diy chalkboard menu leaning against the wall next to a striped cabinet with cereal atop . Meals have been written on the chalkboard menu in chalk

Materials needed to make a DIY Chalkboard Menu

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HOW TO MAKE A FREESTANDING DIY CHALKBOARD MENU

1 . Using a pencil, divide your plywood sheet into 7 equal sections. (approx 16cm apart if we’re being exact) 2. Cut your wood to size with a manual saw.

  • Whitewood PSE (18 x 44mm x 1.8mm) : will be used to frame the plywood sheet. Cut 2 x 1420mm (for the sides) and 2 x 610mm
  • Sawn Kiln Dried Timber (19mm x 32mmmX 1-8m): it will be used to create divisions on the plywood shelf. Cut 6 pieces to a length of 610mm

Image of wood pieces laid on the floor and cut to exact lengths

2. Create the border and legs for your chalkboard menu. Attach the two longest pieces of wood (1420mm) vertically to the sides of the plywood sheet. Secure in place with the gorilla wood glue (apply it to one edge of the PSE wood).

Medinas hand holding the gorilla glue and applying to the wood strip

Next apply the smaller pieces of wood (610mm) to the top and bottom edges of the plywood sheet. Leave to dry on a flat surface.

Image of unpainted chalkboard menu with border and legs in place. A note pad is in the centre with a rough doodling of measurements

3. Once dried, apply painters tape to the edges of the frame. Make sure that you have marked the sides of the frame too as this will be a guide when fitting the smaller wood to create the six divisions

Image of painters tape applied around the frame of the DIY chalkboard menu

4. Paint the plywood sheet with chalkboard paint. Use a paint brush for the sides and the roller for the middle for best results

Medina holding the blackboard paint in her hand

Paint poured into the paint tray with a brush next to it

Image of one corner of the chalkboard menu painted with the blackboard paint

5. Paint on at least two coats of chalkboard paint. Remove the tape. Once dry – season the board with chalk. See how to do this here

Chalks on top of the diy chalkboard menu to prepare for seasoning of the board

6. Next create the sections using the smaller wooden pieces. Apply glue generously to one side of the wood before joining and gripping for 20-30 mins at marked positions on the plywood sheet.

Medina applying gorilla wood glue to a wooden strip

Repeat this step 6 times . . . and leave 24 hours for full cure.

Wooden strip glued in place

Corner of the chalkboard menu with wooden slats in place

7. Finally stencil on the day of the week to each section using a chalk pen. Note: I only printed the first letter of each day, but you can do the whole word if you want.

Image of yellow stencil and chalk pens

Medina using chalk-pen and stencil T

Diy chalkboard menu leaning against the wall next to a striped cabinet with cereal atop

And you are done! Now get meal planning. I placed this chalkboard in my kitchen .

I’ve recently purchased the VEG book by Jamie Oliver for my husband who has decided he wants to be a vegetarian , and I’ve got to say, it’s absolutely brilliant! I would highly recommend!

Diy chalkboard menu leaning against the wall next to a striped cabinet with cereal atop. Medina holding jamie oliver veg book in her hand

Diy chalkboard menu leaning against the wall next to a striped cabinet with cereal atop. Medina holding jamie oliver veg book in her hand

***This post is a paid advertisement  with Gorilla Glue UK. I received products and payment for my time creating this post. I only partner with brands I LOVE and think you will LOVE too! All ideas, photos and opinions are 100% my own.

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