DIY Chalkboard Necklace

Hello dear friends!  I have a DIY to share.  Today, I am going to show you how you can make a sweet, miniature chalkboard necklace.  This necklace would make for a super fun (any occasion) gift, as you can include just about any message your heart desires on the chalkboard.  Some ideas to get the brain cells moving…get well, bff, love, a special date, initials, a sweet simple “hi”!…you get the drift!

{wouldn’t it make the perfect gift for a teacher!?}

Without further ado…let’s get crafting!

What you’ll need:

  • Rust-oleum specialty Chalk Board spray
  • a bezel pendant (you could find one at your local bead store or even purchase one through Etsy…this or this would do nicely)
  • finished chain
  • a scrap of satin ribbon
  • glue (I highly recommend a tube of E6000, it is inexpensive, amazingly strong and long lasting!)
  • painter’s tape
  • newspaper
  • basic white chalk
DIY chalkboard necklace

STEP 1:  Using the painter’s tape, tape your pendant down onto your newspaper being careful to cover any areas you don’t want “chalk boarded” with the tape.

STEP 2:  In a well ventilated area (i.e. outside) apply 2-3 light coats of “Chalk Board” spray to the exposed surface of the pendant (wait approximately 3-4 minuets between coats).  Let dry.

DIY chalkboard necklace

STEP 3:  Once the “Chalk Board” finish has had time to thoroughly dry (a couple of hours or so should be suffice), carefully remove the protective painter’s tape from the pendant.

DIY chalkboard necklace
DIY chalkboard necklace

STEP 4:  Tie a bow with your ribbon.  Trim ends to desired length.

DIY chalkboard necklace
DIY chalkboard necklace

STEP 5:  Using your glue, secure bow to top of pendant.

DIY chalkboard necklace

STEP 6:  Attached pendant to chain.

DIY chalkboard necklace

STEP 7:  Using your chalk write the message of your choice onto the pendant (using the edge of a brand new piece of chalk will help you write small and clearly).

chalkboard necklace diy - finished!

STEP 8:  If you are giving as a gift, place pendant and a piece of chalk into a gift bag (I chose an organza gift bag with a bit of a shimmer in a fun, bright color).

DIY chalkboard necklace

Voila, a sweet chalkboard necklace!

DIY chalkboard necklace

What do you think friends, will you try this?  Warning, you may very well become addicted to adding chalkboard finishes to just about anything (that chalkboard spray is really slick and it works on a multitude of surfaces!).

xx Cat

{love this project but not the “diy” part?  you can purchase a completed chalkboard necklace in the shop}


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  2. Lynn says

    What a cute project! I have a tip for the chalk. Just sharpen it in a regular pencil sharpener and voila a finer point to write with!

  3. Devon says

    I have a question. Does it have to be a bezel pendant? Does it need a textured surface for the paint to stick? Or can you just use a dog tag/flat tag? I want to do this for eco fair at my school but it can be pretty expensive buying 20 pendants for $2+ plus all of the other things needed to make it. I was thinking of buying something in bulk online if I could find it. I’d really like to make this though and I’d really appreciate it if you answer me :)

    • Pei says

      Hi Devon,

      Forget to tell u if u use dog tag it might take up to 2 days to dry and if the weather is cool might take more than that.
      P/S use spray chalk board paint is easier and quicker.



      • Devon says

        Thanks! That’s really helpful but I’m afraid I may have to use the dog tags anyway because I’ll go way over my budget otherwise. I’ll make sure to give them enough time to try. I was just worried the spray wouldn’t adhere to the surface of the tags since they’re so polished.

  4. Dana says

    How much did it cost you to make all together? Do they sell chains like that in the beading section at craft stores?

  5. Pei says

    May I know from step number 2, how come after you sprayed the chalk board paint it will become white colour, it is after a few sprayed it will changed the colour?? I have a chalkboard paint which is in a jug is that ok to do so or need to be a spray??

  6. says

    This is so awesome that I couldnt resist myself without appreciating the work! I am loving it! And here is big thanks for standing as an inspiration for people like me.

  7. Retired teacher says

    I’m cleaning out my drawers of things like this that were the “perfect” teacher gift. While I realize this seems cynical, it is not meant that way. I just think maybe someone needs to point out that teachers are people with different tastes and styles. Not everyone likes red apples, cute teachers necklaces, etc. Times have changed and along with it, so has fashion and teachers like fashion as well. Giving gifts like this is like giving the mailman a tiny replica of a mail box for his “collection.” Teachers can use supplies for their classes from their wish lists, books for their classroom, Starbucks gift cards, and the favorite class gift card for their favorite store or a teacher supply store. A $5 Starbucks card could be purchased with the money used for these supplies. Sorry………..don’t mean to be ugly, but practical.

    • not a teacher says

      I think a miniature mail box would be adorable, for mailpersons and non-mailpersons alike.

      Also adorable: this necklace.

  8. says

    Love the project – the photos are wonderful but the instructions/text is so light that it is practically unreadable. If I make this project, I will have to do it based on the pictures alone. Don’t know if you can change the color of the text to black but would appreciate something a little darker. Thank you. The problem is not my computer; this is the only website i have a problem with.

  9. Emma says

    Where did you get a chain like that? All the ones I find are boring chainlink chains… Thanks, I do everything chalkboard… never thought of jewelry though!

  10. Beth says

    This is such a lovely idea! I might have to make some for my friends as Christmas presents :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. says

    Adorable! I love chalkboard paint but never thought of this! Now we need a tut on making thin chalk sticks so we can write more on our charm. :) "Walk Away" or "Tread with Care"

  12. says

    I LOVE this idea!!! I might try to put a couple of them on a bracelet and make it a quasi-charm bracelet! That is so cute and so creative. It would be perfect for a teacher! Great post!

  13. says

    Oh my goodness I love this idea! I already have some leftover chalkboard paint from a project I did a while back, so this is definitely going on my to-do list!

    By the way, No it is not tacky to request a DQ cake for your b-day! My favorite birthday cake is actually the cheep grocery store kind, mostly because I love the super sugary frosting!

  14. says

    well this is sure a treat to see today! i can't tell you how much i adore Cat, like it's mad amounts and to see her feature here makes me swell up with even larger loves, if that's even possible. her jewelry diy's and all the other incredible creations she makes blow my mind continuously. love the collabz ladies.

  15. says

    wow this is an absolutely adorable idea – i actually have a wall painted to be a chalkboard above the counter in our kitchen its great for leaving little messages. they have magnetic paint too that my sister has in her room – its so much fun xx

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