We’re bringing you a little DIY project today! My sister-in-law recently got married in Ohio and I brought my wedding craft project passion along to help out! They asked if I could assist with a menu for their bar and I came up with this great rustic chalkboard bar menu for them (which I could not have executed without the assistance of my husband and a couple power tools!).
If you’re looking for a quick, easy detail to add to your rustic farm wedding, here’s how to make your very own chalkboard bar menu in a few easy steps!
-chalkboard of desired size (I bought a big piece at Home Depot for a couple bucks and had my husband cut to size)
-4 weathered wood strips with lengths cut to match perimeter of chalkboard size
-1 weathered wood piece as a kickstand cut to match height of chalkboard
-1 hinge with accompanying screws (I bought a 4″ decorative hinge set from Home Depot)
-Gorilla Glue (we grabbed some at Home Depot or it can be easily ordered off Amazon)
-white chalk marker
-stick of white chalk (Michael’s or your local craft store will carry these)
-table saw or circular saw with guide
1. Use a table saw or circular saw to cut your chalkboard to size. I went for a 24″ x 24″ square
2. Cut 4 strips of weathered wood of equal length and width to frame your chalkboard. Most pieces of weathered wood that you find will be too large to use as a picture frame. A workaround is to use a table saw or a circular saw with a guide to ‘rip’ the board, trimming off a thinner, more usable piece. We had an old piece of wood from our deck repair that my husband used and ripped about 1/2” of the edges with a circular saw with a guide that resulted in the final 4 pieces measuring 24″ long, 1.5″ wide, 1/2″ high/thick. He then used a mitre saw to cut their edges all at a 45-degree angle to match up as a frame.
Cutting 4 wood strips for the frame:
Cutting the frame strips at 45-degree angles:
3. Use extra strength glue to adhere the wood frame to your chalkboard. We used Gorilla glue and a vice to give the wood 24 hours to set to the chalkboard surface.
4. Cut a wood piece the same height as your chalkboard to serve as a kickstand when you attach the hinge.
5. Use an electric drill to drive in the screws that come with your hinge into the back top of your chalkboard. Attach the other end of the hinge to the top of your wood piece, creating your easel/kickstand.
6. Channel your inner artist and write out your bar menu! A few tips:
• Do a rough sketch on a piece of paper first to plan out the text and designs you’ll use
• A quick search on Pinterest or Etsy for “wedding chalkboard” will provide a ton of inspiration for fonts/layouts/doodles you might borrow
• Using a stick of white chalk, mark your chalkboard lightly with soft chalk lines to divide out the space and make sure your text is level, centered and you have the space to fit everything. Wipe off these faint lines as you work. Basic white chalk works best for this.
• Use a white chalk marker for your menu text. This gives you more control and the chalk liquid is a bit more permanent and lasting than regular old chalk.
• Have a wet towel handy for quick erases so you can easily fix any mistakes before the chalk marker dries and it becomes trickier.
Twalah! You end up with a great chalkboard bar menu to compliment your barn wedding that can sit on its own atop a bar counter or lean on an easel!