DIY Fence-Mounted Outdoor Chalkboard for Kids

INSIDE: How to easily and quickly build an outdoor chalkboard for kids backyard fun. Backyard chalkboard for fence.

Call me old school but I want my kids outside. Ride bikes. Play in the backyard sandbox. Chase each other around the yard or lay on the grass and count every cloud in the sky. Doesn’t matter to me.

So in my attempt to (lovingly) get the kids out of the house, I went on a “treasure” hunt in our garage. There I found random pieces of scrap plywood and in another corner, some yellow rope. Perfect.


In about an hour’s time, here’s yet another way to get the kids outta the house…
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diy kids chalkboard to mount on backyard fence

When my kids get a hold of chalk, I will find their artistic creations not only on the patio but also on the brick walls, planters, each other. So with some budding artists in my midst, I wanted to give them a more appropriate “canvas” for their masterpieces.

– Scrap plywood
Drill with drill bit to fit width of rope
– Yellow polypropylene rope
– Chalkboard paint
– Small pails to hold outdoor chalk
Metal rope to hang chalk pails from fence

Step #1:
Give the plywood a couple (or three) coats of chalkboard paint. Let dry in between.
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Step #2: 
Use a measuring tape to determine where you want to drill holes to hang the rope. Mark areas with a pencil.

Step #3:
Drill two holes through the plywood.

Step #4:
Insert rope through one hole. Knot in the front. Hang other end of rope over the fence, insert through second hole and knot. Cut off excess rope. Voila! Instant chalkboard.

kids outdoor chalkboard with attached chalk pails

You’ve got the canvas, now you just need the tools! Drill a few drainage holes through a small metal or plastic pail. Insert the kids sidewalk chalk.

Attach some rope to the pail handles and hang onto the fence.

How do you get your kids to play outside? Let me know in the comments.

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18 thoughts on “DIY Fence-Mounted Outdoor Chalkboard for Kids

  1. Anika says:

    I love the idea!! So clever!
    It keeps them out and all the chalk dust too!!
    I am always cleaning up piles of chalk dust from the carpet under our indoor chalkboard.
    I am totally making them go out and play all the time too!

  2. Leslie says:

    So cute! We’ve got an old outdoor chalkboard that is in desperate need of replacing. Love that you’ve got the drainage holes in the buckets, too. Wet chalk is nasty! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  3. Kathleen says:

    Love your idea. My kids were BIG driveway chalk drawers (and we have a huge driveway!) Now they’re older but I STILL tell them to get off their screens and go outside! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  4. Becky says:

    I’m impressed by how easy this it! (I mean, who doesn’t love an easy DIY) This is a great idea, I’m looking forward to doing this and putting it in my son’s room! I can’t do it outside unfortunately, this summer has been one heatwave after the other!
    Visiting from Sincerely, Paula’s Weekend Blog Party =)

  5. Leanna says:

    This is a great way to have children remain outdoors. Its good for all sorts of activities from x and o to keeping score to babminton. Very well done.

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