DIY Chalkboard Frame, a Fun Easy Way To Display Photos

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Velcro Chalkboard Frame Photo Wall Display

What makes this chalkboard frame fantastic is it’s few extra features. The photos are easily changed and moved around the board as they are attached using little velcro sticky dots. Also, fun cheeky tags and frames can be easily be written in chalk on the chalkboard frame.
 
In the past when I’ve put family photo’s in an album, I’ve found they soon get forgotten about. It’s even worse with digital photos that seem to get lost on the computer never to be viewed again.
 
After a couple of big family holidays, I made big framed photo collages of them to display in the hallway.
Everyone enjoys looking at these photos and they spark happy holiday memories. However, the photos are a bit dated now and need to be easily changed.
 
Disclaimer: I promise that no original artwork was harmed in the making of this chalkboard frame. The picture used was a print. If it was an original painting, I would have sold it at auction and would currently be drinking Champagne contemplating my retirement 🙂 .
 
Upcycled picture into a chalkboard photo frame.  A fantastic way to display your photo's.  Not only can you move them around easily but you can also write your own tags on the board.
 
 
Create a fun easy way to show off your photos with this upcycled chalkboard frame.
 
 
 
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Chalkboard frame special features

There is no glass on this chalkboard frame, so it’s much easier to change and update the photos. I’ve used little velcro stickers so it’s easy to stick the photo’s to the board and move them around. As the velcro stickers are evenly spaced, it still looks kind of neat and orderly.
 
Upcycled picture into a chalkboard photo frame.  A fantastic way to display your photo's.  Not only can you move them around easily but you can also write your own tags on the board.
 
This chalkboard frame is a lot more fun as the kids can easily write little messages and tags on the board. Now every so often I send the best pictures from my phone to get printed and stick them to the board. I have found a great place that prints retro polaroid style photos which add to the fun look of the chalkboard frame.
 
Create a fun easy way to show off your photos with this upcycled chalkboard frame.
 
 
Upcycled old art into chalkboard photo frame.  Use velcro sticky dots to easily move the photos around.
 
 

What you need to make an upcycled chalkboard frame

Large Old Picture frame – I picked mine up for almost nothing at my local junk shop. I got it cheaply as the picture was a bit old and naff, but that didn’t matter as I wanted the frame not the picture.
 
Old picture for chalkboard photo display
 
Paint of choice for your frame and antiquing wax.
Masking Tape
Chalkboard paint
Velcro sticky dots
 
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Photos – In the UK I use Photobox to print my instagram style photos but in the US I beleive Snapfish also do square prints.
 

How I upcycled my chalkboard frame

  • Firstly I masked off the frame with tape and paint straight over the top of the picture with chalkboard paint. Give it at least 2 coats.
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  • Next I cover up the chalkboard painted picture with paper and paint the frame. If you follow my blog you will have probably noticed that there is a bit of a colour theme going on, I do like a bit of blue. So naturally, I decided to paint my frame blue.
     
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    Initially, I sprayed the frame turquoise blue. However I wasn’t too keen on the finish, it was too bright and shiny even for me. So as I had some leftover Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue, I painted over the turquoise with this. I then covered the frame in antiquing wax and sanded the edges so that some of the turquoise would show through. I ended up with a sort of blue shabby chic effect which I’m really happy with.
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  • Once the chalkboard frame is dry, lay your photos on to the frame to work out how many you want to display. Then using a ruler mark them out evenly. Stick a velcro dot on the chalkboard frame for every photograph you want to display. Stick a velcro dot on the back of each photo.
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    Chalkboard photo display laying out the photos.
     
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  • Finally place your photo’s on the frame. You’ll love the fact that you can move them around so easily and can write tags on the chalkboard.
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    Upcycled picture into a chalkboard photo frame.  A fantastic way to display your photo's.  Not only can you move them around easily but you can also write your own tags on the board.
     
    I’m off on my holidays soon so will be printing some of the photos I take on my phone to update my chalkboard frame. The board has definately added a bit of fun to my hallway, my teenage boys love moving the photos around and writing their own hashtags on the board.
     
    Upcycled picture into a chalkboard photo frame.  A fantastic way to display your photo's.  Not only can you move them around easily but you can also write your own tags on the board.
     
    Create a fun easy way to show off your photos with this upcycled chalkboard frame.
     
     
     

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    40 Responses

    1. Love this! I have been on the lookout for an old, big frame at yard sales and haven’t had any luck! Keeping my fingers crossed.

      • Thank you, good luck with finding one. Have you tried thrift stores.

    2. This is a really clever idea. I love how you can easily change it up!

      • Thanks Medina, that was the aim I wanted a fun display that was really easy to change and update.

    3. That’s a clever idea Claire, using little velcro dots for the photos to stick on the chalkboard! I know what you mean, I love having photos around the house, especially now when many times they are just in the computer, not even in an album anymore, hey? Love the blue frame!

      • Thank you very much! It’s nice having the photos around otherwise they get forgotten. They also trigger happy memories.

    4. Great idea~ I can just imagine all the photos from the upcoming holidays you can display

      • Thank you, I love putting my holiday photos on display as they trigger happy memories every time you look at them.

    5. What a great idea, Claire–love it! Pinning!

    6. What a great idea! My daughter would love this for her Polaroids. I have featured it over on my blog. Love it!

    7. I also love the shabby chic effect you achieved. I’m happy to hear that you were able to accomplish it just with what was leftover from painting the chalkboard. You have a true artist’s mind. Create, don’t waste!

      • Thank you! Yes I do like to make do with what I have around me.

    8. I couldn’t agree with you more, Claire! My Hubby and I were only talking about this over the weekend! Love your project and such a clever idea to use the velcro dots to hold the photos in place!

      Thank you so much for sharing your awesome project over at Waste Not Wednesday!

    9. I’ve totally done the same thing by painting over an old pic. Cute idea~ love the addition of velcro.Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!
      Kim

      • Thank you, the Velcro is great so easy to change the pictures round.

    10. What a fun way to display pictures! I always want to display more photos in my home but never know how to do it–this looks like a really great option!

      • Thank you ! I love having lots of photos on display, as they are happy memory triggers.

    11. Great idea! Love the vintage frame. This would be a great addition to a kids work room. Visiting from Celebrate The Season party.

    12. This came out great and I love the color of the frame!
      Thanks for joining us this week at the Merry Monday link party!
      We hope you can join us again next week!
      Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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    14. Now that is terrific idea!

      Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link Party. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed having you!

    15. What a great project! I have tried leaving a bunch of photos out in on giant bowl or basket, but this is a great alternative! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

    16. Velcro, just wow!! So simple but it looks so great! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us, Claire.
      Enjoy the rest of the week!

    17. I love this modern day version of the photo collage, so cute and so easy to change up with new photos and captions all the time. This would make a great party game for the best captions.

      • Thank you ! My teenage boys have already been captioning the photos of their brothers, with some quips.

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    21. What a fun project! I love how easy it looks to do and how versatile it is!

    22. Very clever! You always have the cutest upcycled DIY’s!

    23. Jewell

      Velcro buttons are very useful, but I didn’t think about using them on a chalkboard. Painting an old print with chalkboard paint — new to me. Having my favorite color turquoise as the uncoat, and my husband’s favorite blue as the topcoat–on the frame on the chalkboard that is a Velcro-managed photo display board — the real payoff. Best wishes 😇

      • Thank you so much. The Velcro works really well I change the photos every few months.

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