Chalkboard Art 

Make this chalkboard art menu for the kitchen, using an old recycled griddle or frying pan.

Age: 12+

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 2 out of 5


The griddle I used is one that is very old. My Mom made many a grill cheese on it. This is something that I just couldn't part with. I didn't plan on using it for the original intended use but thought it would be interesting hanging near the stove.


  • old griddle or frying pan
  • spray black primer
  • spray chalkboard paint
  • chalk
  • wire
  • pliers
  • masking tape
  • Paper
  • pencil
  • sharpener
  • rag

The next time my dear husband asks me "What's for supper??" I can write him a note on it. Most times, I'm sure it will probably say "Take it or Leave it". My other answer will probably be "FOOD". It may not provide a REAL answer to the age old "What's for supper?" question, but I will find it entertaining. Come to think of it, I can probably come up with all sorts of smarty pants things to write. Maybe some nights, it will just have a sad face on it in which case, I will FOR SURE get taken out for supper!

Chalkboard Art How to:

If you are using a griddle with a bit of a raised lip around the outer edge, use masking tape around this edge.

Spray the center of the griddle with primer and let dry. When this has dried, spray on the chalkboard paint.

Remove the masking tape from the edge. 

Cut a piece of medium gauge wire about 6 inches long. Wrap it around a piece of chalk but not too tight. Make a loop at the one end with a pair of pliers. Hook the wire on the handle of your pan or from a hook.

I made a hook from an old fork. I attached it to the top of my stove vent hood with a screw.


It will hold the pan and the wire holder with the chalk.

Wait 24 hours for the paint to cure on the griddle. Before doing the lettering, turn a piece of chalk on it's side and rub over the entire surface. Wipe off with a damp paper towel.

You can now free hand on to the pan or print what you would like on to a piece of paper from your computer. To transfer the design, rub chalk all over the back of the paper. Lay it on the pan and trace over it with a pencil.

Sharpen the chalk and write "Menu" along with your own special dinner announcement. Mine will always have something sarcastic written on it and certainly won't be a REAL menu. Doesn't that make it more fun? How about yours?

Hang the chalkboard art menu from a hook in the kitchen and write something fun on it everyday!

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