DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard

Have I got a great project for you! This DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard could not be simpler or more fun to make … keep reading for the easy tutorial!

DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard ... super fun and easy to make! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little Home

Years ago, my mom collected a bunch of cigar boxes from a local cigar shop. She knew that I’d use the boxes for something, and I felt like I hit the jackpot when she gave them to me!

Over the years, I’ve used the boxes for everything from shadow boxes to storage to art projects. I only have a few left, and I’ve been toting these boxes around as we’ve moved across the country and back again. Needless to say, my husband doesn’t really appreciate why I’ve held onto these boxes … ha.

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeI usually keep my cigar boxes packed away, but our new apartment is a little short on storage space at the moment. As I was searching through my craft supplies the other day, I spotted those boxes and some chalkboard paint, and I had a spark of inspiration!

These DIY Cigar Box Chalkboards are so quick, easy, and fun to make! You definitely won’t be able to stop at just one, which is good because I’m showing you two different ways to make them.

DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard ... super fun and easy to make! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeFor one of my DIY Cigar Box Chalkboards, I removed the lid and painted the inside of the box, kind of like a chalkboard shadow box. I love how this one turned out.

There was even a little wooden ledge in this box, perfect for holding a piece of chalk!

DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard ... super fun and easy to make! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeFor my other DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard, I painted the bottom of the box and left the inside intact. This method shows off more of the pretty patterns on the box, and it even has a built in stand!

DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard ... super fun and easy to make! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeI could make these DIY Cigar Box Chalkboards all day, and I think they’d make a great project for girl’s night … just add wine! Or round up the kids to make their own custom chalkboard.

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeWant to make your own DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard? Here’s what you’ll need (affiliate links):

To make the shadow box style-chalkboard, you need to remove the lid. (Skip straight to the painters tape step if you’re only painting the bottom of the box.)

***Read before cutting!*** If your box is like mine, once you remove the lid, only three sides will be covered by decorative paper, and the part where the lid was will be plain wood. If you remove the lid carefully, you can use the decorative paper on the outside of the box to cover this plain wood part.

Open the lid and use the utility knife to cut through the paper on the inside of the lid, but NOT all the way through to the outside.

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeAfter you’ve made your cut, slowly pull the lid off the box, taking care not to tear the paper on the outside of the lid (left photo below).

There should be a strip of paper on the lid that was holding it to the outside of the box. Carefully remove this strip from the lid and set it aside for later.

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeRemove any paper or adhesive from the inside of your cigar box. If it sticks to the box, use the sand paper to remove it all of the way. Don’t skip this step, because if you paint over paper it will bubble up and look bad.

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeCover the decorative paper of the insides of the box with painters tape.

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomePaint the inside of the cigar box using the foam paint brush and chalkboard paint. The wood is very porous, so you will need to apply multiple coats. I used 4 coats for my chalkboard.

Don’t worry, the paint dries quickly!

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeAfter you’ve applied your final coat of paint, carefully remove the painters tape (before the paint dries). Let the paint dry completely once the tape is removed.

If you’re only painting the bottom of the box, you’re done once the paint dries and can start decorating … yay! If you’re painting the inside of the box, keep reading.

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeRemember that decorative strip of paper you removed in the very beginning? Apply a little craft glue to it (spread a thin layer over the paper with your finger), then use it to cover the plain side of the box. Hold the strip in place until it adheres to the box.

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeThat’s it, your DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard is complete! Wasn’t that easy?

Easy step-by-step tutorial for making a DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeAll that’s left is to decorate your DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard.  You can use regular chalk or a chalkboard markers. I love chalkboard markers, but due to the porous nature of the wood, whatever you draw or write on your chalkboard will be permanent. Don’t worry though … you can always paint over your message later if you get sick of it.

DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard ... super fun and easy to make! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeWhen I’m planning a chalkboard, I like to sketch out my design in a notepad first, then lightly sketch it on the chalkboard with regular chalk.

After I’m happy with the layout, I’ll go over the message with the chalkboard marker. That way, there is less room for error.

Make sure to check out my chalkboard art post for more tips on chalkboard lettering!

DIY Cigar Box Chalkboard ... super fun and easy to make! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeDIY Cigar Box Chalkboard ... super fun and easy to make! The perfect craft for kids or make a bunch for girls night out! This simple DIY chalkboard is a fun craft project anyone will enjoy! | Hello Little HomeHave you worked on any fun craft projects lately?

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What a cute idea! Sadly my husband won’t let me do anything permanent to his cigar boxes – but they’re so great for DIYing!

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