Chalkboard Message Tag

Sometimes we designers get wrapped up in creating complicated projects that no one would ever do except us! I’m very guilty of that myself – so that’s why I can say it…  Anyway, some of the best designs are simple, straightforward and anyone can duplicate them. That’s exactly what our new designer friend Kristin St Clair did when I asked her to create something special for us on Walnut Hollow’s new Tag Plaque.

Kristin’s Chalkboard Message Tag is simple, yet unique in that she added a thin chalk shelf to the bottom which will definitely make it easier to find the chalk when you’re ready to write another note. The rope she used at the top is similar to clothesline cord, adding a nice touch to the piece. Not sure if you are addicted to chalkboard paint like I am, but you’ll like it a lot once you start using it. So, give this project a try – you’ll love hanging it where you and your family can write notes for each other!


by Kristin St Clair


  • Tag Plaque 10 x 14″
  • Basswood 3/16 x 1/2 x 9 1/2″
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Sand Paper  (Fine Grit)
  • Epoxy
  • Clamps
  • Rope
  • Chalk
  • Paper Towel
  • Surface Protectors


  1. With a foam brush and chalkboard paint, coat a tag plaque. Let dry.
  2. Sand with a fine grit sand paper. Clean off dust with a moist paper towel.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until there is three coats of paint on plaque.
  4. Paint a 3/16 x 1/2 x 9 1/2″ piece of basswood with chalkboard paint. Let dry.
  5. Secure piece of basswood to bottom of tag plaque with epoxy to make a chalk shelf. Hold in place with clamps as the glue sets and dries.
  6. Condition chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over surface and messaging in chalk dust.
  7. Insert a piece of rope into the hanging hole of tag plaque.
  8. Place surface protectors on four corners of the back of plaque.
  9. Hang on wall, write message or notes on board with chalk and store piece of chalk on shelf.

See more work for Kristin on her website-

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