diy | kraft paper sketch pad

A chalkboard wall, despite my love for them, has a few drawbacks:

1. It's messy - I've always had to wash it down 3-4 times before it's clean
2. Can't use colour.  Except for pastels.  I don't do pastels.
3. It involves dark paint - which I wasn't willing to do in my apartment.  Although Hudson Paints [see here and here] supply really great colours, the ones that really work and don't stain [they'll tell you this] are the darker colours.

So while perusing my local Dollarama - yes, I'm there several times a week - I came across my go-to wrapping paper of choice - kraft paper - and a light bulb went off.  So, I scooped up four rolls [they're only $1 for a 12' roll, so go ahead and splurge] and a pack of binder clips [another $1] and headed home.

I pulled out an old curtain rod I had lying around, a couple of push pins, threaded two rolls of kraft paper on the rod, attached the binder clips to the rod and hung them from the pins.   I rolled out the paper and prevented the rolls from unwinding by clipping on a paperclip [which is hidden at the back].  Presto! Voila!  A wall I can write on.  I also tied a piece of chalk to the rod with some charcoal yarn so you don't need to search for something to write with.  What's great about the kraft paper - you can use chalk, crayons [yes, I own a full 64 pack of crayons], pencils, markers - it's recycled material - when you're done, just tear off the used piece and roll out a fresh section - and it's only $1 for a 12' roll.

Why binder clips and push pins you may ask?  Because it keeps the paper tight to the wall - a regular bracket for the curtain rod would push it several inches off the wall which doesn't work very well for writing..  Alternatively you can use pegs and ribbons, but I like the look of the binder clips and push pins.  Again - have fun with it.


  1. I LOVE this. I've had a crush on chalkboard walls for so long, but I hate chalk. This idea captures everything that's fun about those walls. Really brilliant, Sarah. I'm going to have to share this one and give you all the credit.

  2. That's a fantastic idea!

  3. I am a huge fan of kraft paper also. It is my go to paper for just about everything. What you did is so clever and fun, plus a great way to decorate an empty wall.

  4. I love your little sketches. I think if I could draw like that I would consider hanging some paper too.

  5. I homeschool and I can see SO MANY OPTIONS with this one idea!!! Thank you so much!

  6. It is so gorgeous. Wish I could draw and colour that well.

  7. Anonymous12.11.10

    I was thinking of putting up a metal sheet on my wall like this, but this is even easier! What a brilliant idea!

  8. You are BRILLIANT!


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