Chalkboard Journals

Chalkboard Journals

I just love using chalkboard paint, and I thought it would be fun to make these pretty and functional chalkboard journals for my kids, and my nieces and nephew, as Christmas presents. I picked up these composition journals for less than a dollar, and used some of the Martha Stewart chalkboard paint from Plaid. These colors are so pretty, and I think they work perfectly for the holidays. Just tie a  big red ribbon around them!

Chalkboard Journals

Supplies needed:

Composition books

Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paints in choice of colors, I used black, green and blue and mixed the blue and green to create an aqua color on one of the journals.

Painters tape

Paint brush


Chalk Ink Marker

Step 1. Gather supplies and tape off side of composition book.

Step 2. Paint thin coat of chalkboard paint and let dry. Repeat until fully covered. The light colors took four coats and the black took two coats.

Step 3. Repeat on back of book and let paint dry for at least 24 hours.

Chalkboard Journals

Step 4. Prep chalkboard paint by rubbing surface with white chalk and wiping clean with damp cloth.

Chalkboard Journals

Step 5. Draw and decorate, I like to use chalk ink markers because they are so bright and crisp.

Chalkboard Journals

I think the kids will love these journals because they can personalize them any way they want.  These are chic enough for grown-ups too. In fact, I think I will make one to keep!

These chalkboard paint projects make great gifts too:

Chalkboard Paint Jar Candles

Mod Podge Chalkboard Frames

Chalkboard Paint Kitchen Accessories

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  1. Super cute, Melissa!

  2. These are so adorable! c:

  3. I love the chalkboard paint crafts! Such cute journals!

  4. Chalkboard paint really is so much fun – and it’s addicting! It makes you want to turn anything into a chalkboard, haha. Love the idea of painting the covers of journals. 🙂


  5. These are adorable Melissa! What a fun gift too 🙂 Love it!

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