Chalkboard Christmas Tree

To quote the famous Barbara Mandrell….

….I was chalkboard when chalkboard wasn’t cool.

Cue the banjos.

I remember eight years ago when I found peel and stick chalkboard vinyl tucked away in the back of a bin.  I’d never seen it before.  I nominated myself town chalkboard crier and called 47 people and informed them that you could officially peel and stick chalkboard.

And then I promptly peeled and stuck everything within a five-mile radius.

Christmas tree chalkboard

Chalkboard has come a long way since 2006.

There are chalkboard canisters and chalkboard ornaments and chalkboard arrows and chalkboard walls and numbers and tables and on and on and on.

And here’s another entry in the chalkboardapallooza of 2014.

A chalkboard Christmas tree.

(total aside:  can you believe there’s only 14 days left until Christmas)?

Chalkboard Christmas tree diy

Chalkboard Christmas Tree

diy project chalkboard Christmas tree



chalkboard paint


chalkboard Christmas tree project

1.  Trace the outline of a tree onto a 1/4″ sheet of plywood

They sell small pieces of plywood….start with one of those….so much easier.

Here are the dimensions of the tree:

18″ tall

13″ wide

I just started drawing three lines 5″ apart.  One 13″, one 9″ and one 6″ wide.  Then I connected them to make the tree and added a 2″ x 5 1/2″ at the bottom of the tree for the base.

Cut out the tree with a saw.

diy Christmas tree chalkboard

2.  Drill a hole at the top for a ribbon

If you don’t want a hole, you could just lean the tree on a bookcase or mantel.

Then paint the tree with chalkboard paint.

Let dry.

diy chalkboard Christmas tree

Step 4:  Hot glue two clothespins to the center of the tree

You can find tags like these at any craft store.

Then clip the numbers onto the tags each day to countdown to Christmas.

 chalkboard project Christmas tree

And just to make sure the song is stuck in your head as you go about your busy December day…..I’ll leave you with this.

“I still act and look the same.

What you see ain’t nothing new.

….I was chalkboard when chalkboard wasn’t cool.” 🙂

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  1. Image for Dawna Dawna

    Thanks for the inspiration ...again! I was so disappointed with our Walmart here in Canada....I can't find any store that stocks bags of the paint stir sad! I will keep looking in every hardware and home supply store until I find some though! Can't give up that easily in making that awesome lil Christmas tree !!

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    May I please be on your speed dial DIY Paul Revere notice whenever you find neat stuff?? I know this is really forward of me but you seem to always be at the cusp of all things magnificent. Perhaps I could be 100th in line for the news or at least send a smoke signal. Your ideas are truly inspiring -- the Christmas tree is adorable. Have a wonderful day and big hugs to DIY leader.

  3. Image for Sheila Sheila

    I was with you until "Cut out the tree with a saw." I am hopelessly challenged in the power tool department. Maybe I should take a class. Love your chalkboard countdown tree. Sigh.

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    Cute tree ... but are you really old enough to remember Barbara Mandrell? For awhile, she had a tv program--Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. I had totally forgotten about it. Thanks for making me smile with a fun memory.

  5. Image for Patty/NS Patty/NS

    Such a sweet craft to do. I have been loving all the things you have been doing all around your house, crafts, decor, etc. I don't know how you come up with the ideas, but I love them!

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