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DIY - Chalkboard Menu Plaques

Get ready for your next party by making these classic DIY Chalkboard Menu Plaques. Pick your size and shape and soon your beautiful dishes will be labeled for your guests.

If you're hosting Thanksgiving, these plaques can help guests navigate the potluck table traffic jams.

DIY Chalkboard Menu Plaques Dessert Buffet


1 can chalkboard paint

1-inch foam brush

1 - 36-inches long x 3/8-inch diameter dowel

painters tape

cordless drill and 3/8-inch drill bit

1 dozen wood plaques (I used 5-in square and 5-in x 7-in rectangles)

Wooden Plaque 5x7

Step 1 - Measure and mark your dowel at 2-inch intervals. Using sharp scissors, slowly cut into the dowel and turn until you've cut through the stick. If you have a jigsaw, you can make quick work of this step.

Step 2 - Sand the ends of the sticks until smooth.

Mark your drill hole

Step 3 - Prep your plaques by marking your drill holes. Measure 1 inch from the bottom and center your hole across the back of the plaque.

Drill On
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Drill quarter inch deep

Step 4 - Drill your dowel holes in the back by placing the plaque on top of a scrap piece of wood before drilling up to 1/2 inch hole. Go slowly. The holes need to be deep enough for the dowels to fit and stay in, but you don't want to drill all they way through the plaque. Hold the drill perpendicular to the wood to ensure a nice, straight hole.

Painters Tape

Step 5 - Using blue painter tape, prep the face of the plaques for painting by covering the outside edges. Tuck any excess tape to the back of the plaques to prevent sticking while while painting.

Taped and Ready to Paint
Paint two coats

Step 6 - Paint your first coat of chalkboard paint on the face of the plaque. Allow to dry completely. Sand if desired. Paint a second coat and allow to dry.

Carefully Remove Tape

Step 7 - Gently remove the painters tape and clean up any edges with a light sanding.

Chalkboard Paint Menu Plaques

Step 8 - Insert dowel pieces and your plaques are finished!

You can use these to label stations at kid parties, to tell a story with a series of photos, to play a big game of tic-tac-toe ... what else can you use them for?

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