Ruler Framed DIY Chalkboard

I’ve been on the lookout for vintage yardsticks to craft with.  Apparently, so is everyone else!  When I finally realized that it was going to take longer than I thought it would to find enough old yardsticks for a project I had in mind, I decided to just make my own faux vintage rulers.  The added bonus to doing it myself was that I could make the rulers any color I wanted, AND I didn’t have to do any wood cutting.  This quick project is fun to make, and now I have the cute DIY chalkboard I’ve been wishing for!

Framed-DIY-chalkboard-Crafts-UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own ruled framed DIY chalkboard:supply2

Framed-DIY-chalkboard-Crafts-Unleashed-suppliesStep one:  Dilute the alcohol ink with water.  I do this by spritzing some water on my craft sheet and then adding a few drops of ink.  Paint the mixture onto the wood ruler to stain with color.

Framed-DIY-chalkboard-Crafts-Unleashed-step 1Step two:  Use a dry brush to dust the Perfect Pearls onto the wet ruler.  This gives it a nice metallic sheen.  I coordinated my ink colors to match the colors in the aged patina kit.

Framed-DIY-chalkboard-Crafts-Unleashed-step 2Step three:  Rub the Distress Ink pad on the ruler edges to give the rulers an aged appearance.

Framed-DIY-chalkboard-Crafts-Unleashed-step 3Step four:  Once the rulers are dry, arrange them as pictured.  Use the wood glue to adhere the edges together.  Once it is dry, flip it over, and glue the chalkboard to the back.

Framed-DIY-chalkboard-Crafts-Unleashed-step 4You can add a saw tooth hanger to the back to hang your new DIY chalkboard, or use the holes where the cord used to be.

Framed-DIY-chalkboard-Crafts-Unleashed-RulersIt would be cute to make several of these DIY chalkboards to make a colorful organizational wall.  You could have one board for each member of your family, or each day of the week.  Since you’re staining the rulers yourself, you can make them in colors that match your home’s decor.

Framed-DIY-chalkboard-Crafts-Unleashed-2Have fun crafting!

About Morena

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!


  1. Lynette Gerbe says

    I love this idea and if I find enough rulers, I think I will attach the chalkboard to a larger cork board and frame that so that my granddaughter can also pin pictures or anything else she wants to pin up there.

  2. Vanessa says

    I love this project and the aged look of the rulers! Definitely adding some of those products to my next order!


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