DIY Mini Chalkboard Notebooks

Jan, 11, 2017

Hi friends! We’re on our way back from Cali today but I managed to get this month’s DIY Challenge post written before we left. I was cutting it close, but banged this sucker out the night before we left. Phew. Ok so this month is all about Chalkboard. I admit I struggled with this. I’m just kinda over the whole chalkboard scene (except when used in restaurants) but wanted to still make something I would actually use.

With the new year, come new goals and new lists and even though I always have my phone on or near me, I still like to actually write things down. It just makes them feel more real, and it’s much more satisfying being able to cross something off your list. So I decided to make these cute little DIY Mini Chalkboard Notebooks.

Mini Chalkboard Notebooks


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Mini Mead Notebooks
Chalkboard Paint
Chalk Pencil
Black Foam Brush
Leather (optional)

Mini Chalkboard Notebook Supplies


Paint your notebooks with your chalkboard paint. I found the notebooks at the grocery store for $.97. Spread the pages out and then put some scrap paper behind both covers to make sure you don’t get paint on any of the other pages.
Chalkboard Painted Mini Notebook


Print out the words you want on the cover of your notebooks.

Mini Notebook Labels


Flip them all over and color the backsides with a pencil.

Simple Tracing Tip


Place the paper right side up on your notebook where you want the letters/numbers to be.

To Do Mini Chalkboard Notebook


Trace over the letters with your pencil and you’ll be left with this:

Mini Chalkboard Notebook Craft


Fill in your letters with your chalk marker.

Chalk Marker

To Do Mini Chalkboard Notebook


You could totally leave them like that but I used some leather I had left over from last month’s challenge to add a fun accent on the binding. I just cut it to size and glued it on with some super glue.

Leather Binding Supplies

And now I have some cute little notebooks to write down my to-do lists and goals in. Something about their size just makes them that much cuter, don’t you think? Everything is better when it’s mini 😉

Chalk Board and Leather Mini Notebooks

Mini chalk Board Notebooks

Don’t forget to check out all the other chalkboard projects below!

DIY Mini Chalkboard Notebooks



  1. Reply

    Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

    January 13, 2017

    Bre, these are the cutest! I am so impressed, you came up with a really clever and fresh take on the chalkboard trend (which I agree needs to be put to rest). Love these little notebooks!

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    Sharon Henderson

    January 12, 2017

    Your blog is just incredible! I love all your posts, everytime I open it I get filled with inspiration. It now sits on my bookmarks. Please keep up the good work! =D

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      January 12, 2017

      Aw you are too kind! I appreciate that so much and hope you keep getting inspired! xo

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    Erica @ Dwell Beautiful

    January 11, 2017

    These are SO cute! I love the little leather accent. What a great way to upgrade those boring dollar planners! 🙂

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    Amy | Canary Street

    January 11, 2017

    Such a cool idea, Bre! I really like the leather detail too.

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    Nicole @ The Inspired Hive

    January 11, 2017

    Such a fun idea!!!! So cute!

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