DIY: Wood Chalkboard Clips


Here is a simple and inexpensive craft project – Wood Chalkboard Clips. There are many things you could do with them. You can write a fun note on it, clip it to a baggie and place in your child’s lunch box.


Another idea is to clip them on a wire or string to hang papers or artwork. You could make it into a magnet clip and place on a refrigerator. They could also be clipped on a basket and used as labels. There are so many possibilities.


The materials I used for this project are small pieces of plywood, clothespins, clamp, painters tape, paint brush and black chalkboard paint. This craft project is thrifty because the wood pieces cost $0.29 each. A package of 50 clothespins is priced around $1. So, each clip only cost $0.31 plus minimal paint and glue cost. I already had some wood glue. And I still had plenty of chalkboard paint leftover from a previous project (my Disney Countdown Mickey Chalkboard).


Want to know how to make these Wood Chalkboard Clips? Here’s my Tutorial:

I placed wood glue down the center of the plywood and put a clothespin on top. I clamped them together for 1 hour.


Next, I taped off the edges of the plywood with blue painter’s tape.


I then applied the chalkboard paint. I did 2 coats with 1 hour drying time between coats. I removed the blue painter’s tape. I did wait 24 hours before writing or rubbing chalk on it. After the 24 hours, I lightly rubbed the entire surface with white chalk and wiped it off.

And that’s all you have to do…easy!

How or where would you use these Wood Chalkboard Clips?

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Get Your Craft On, Works for Me Wednesday and The Frugal Girls!)


  1. These would make really cute gift tags for Christmas or birthdays! Love them!

  2. Cute! I’m cuckoo for chalkboards!

  3. those are so cute!! what a great and simple project!

  4. I love it! I have to try these! I’m going to pin it in Pinterest!

  5. These are so cute. I think they would be perfect for labeling the baskets I have in my craft room. Since sometimes the contents change little chalkboards would be perfect! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. This is a really cool idea!

  7. This is such a cute idea!

  8. Beyond cute and super useful too! Awesome!

  9. They are so cute! Great job. There are so many neat uses for them!


  10. I always wondered how! Thanks for sharing! Come see the Ferris Bueller chairs.

  11. Wow! I’ve been wracking my brain for a way to attach those little chalkboards to my baskets and such…so simple! Thanks for the inspiration…

  12. I would LOVE for you to share this at my party! These are amazing : ) I see a use for these with all my craft storage
    : )

  13. great idea, love it!

  14. I’d use them in my classroom for my children to leave their ideas on. They love writing with chalk!

  15. Very cute idea. I have been going nutty with my chalkboard paint… Such an amazing product!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking…

    This week, “When Life Hands You Lemons…”

  16. These would make neat name cards for a wedding or dinner or to label different foods at a dinner party. You could also stain the wood.

  17. These are so cute and there are so many ways to use these: buffet table, games, for teachers, etc. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Where do you get the wood pieces?
    Super cute idea-can’t wait to do some! Thanks!!

  19. Gayle – I bought the wood pieces at Michaels.

  20. Love it!! I have tons of left over chalkboard paint and this is a great idea to use some of it. Would make great gift tags.

  21. Great idea! You could paint the clothespin with the chalkboard paint. Also, glue some of that magnetic strip stuff to the clothes pin… and it’ll stick to the refrigerator.

  22. Too cute! You could glue magnets to them and use them as refrigerator clips to dispay children’s artwork.

  23. Love this idea! I recently moved to sc from happy valley and was excited to stumble on your site from moneysaving These would be great gift tags!

  24. Neat idea! I love sending notes in the kids and hubby lunch boxes. Thanks for sharing!

  25. This is a great idea, I am looking for cheap DIY wedding ideas and this is on my list now! I don’t have clamps, do you suggest another way?

  26. great way to reduce fly-away notes and scrap paper!

  27. Heya i am for the primary time here. I found this board and I to find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to present something again and aid others such as you helped me.

  28. What size are the wooden pieces and where can I find them?

  29. This is such a great idea!
    Where do I purchase this chalkboard paint?
    Is it expensive?
    Thanks and have a great day!

  30. been looking for a cute way to label our dishes at our MOPS meetings — I think we have finally found it!! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!

  31. Can you tell me what size pegs you used, I can only find 70mm in Australia please.

  32. Thanks for the cute idea, going to use them as place settings for our Christmas party 😉

  33. These are so stinkin cute. could you please tell me what size the plywood was for the chalkboard

  34. These are brilliant!! I am going to a craft party(similar to a cookie swap, but with crafts) and I think I am going to make these! I may use ribbon or scrapbook paper to decorate the clothes pin. Thanks for the great idea!!!

    • Hi Tara! I hope you have a great time at your craft party. It sounds like so much fun. I love your idea to use ribbon or scrapbook paper on the clothes pin.

  35. I will make these to clip to my baskets and bins at the farmers market as labels for the contents and price! Thank you!!

  36. So cute! Wouldn’t hot glue work as well? No clamping and waiting? Have to try this!

    • Hi Mel – Thanks for visiting. I considered using a hot glue gun but wasn’t sure how strong it would be holding the clothespins to the chalkboard. I wanted an adhesive I knew would be durable and long lasting.

  37. WOW!
    Viewed this on Pinterest & loved it! I will be using this for our company’s Thanksgiving dinner pitch-in.
    No pieces of paper to worry about anymore. Thanks for sharing this craft with us!!

  38. Where is the best place to get the chalkboard paint? This is adorable. I’m planning my mom’s retirement party and these would be perfect for my table center pieces. She’s retiring from working in education!


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