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DIY Chalkboard Homework Station

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It is that time of year again – the hustle and bustle of Back to School. Getting the kids ready for school, making sure they get a nice hearty breakfast, and ensuring they have everything they need for the day. I look for easy breakfast solutions that help them start the day strong. Jimmy Dean® Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches have come to the rescue! I know my kids are eating a delicious, satisfying, high quality breakfast item. When they get home from aftercare they are famished but I don’t want to give them a huge meal since I’ll have dinner ready son after. State Fair® Beef Corn Dogs have become my go-to snack item for my kids with its protein and signature honey-sweetened cornbread batter. Now that I have the food part taken care of I needed something that would help me organize the morning rush – the DIY Chalkboard Homework Station was exactly what I needed.


I remember when I was a school-aged girl, my parents had a lot of help from my abuela. She was an early riser so breakfast we always ready when I woke up. She always told me that breakfast is “muy importante para la salud“. I could not leave without having something to eat.  She helped me with all of my school preparations. I don’t have my grandmother with me so I needed a solution for the morning craziness.


The DIY Chalkboard Homework Station has made it easier for me to get out the door faster. It has everything the kids may need for the day. It always amazed me to find that my son never had pencils in his backpack. He never could find them! Every morning I would ask him if he needed anything, I always got the same answer. Pencils. Now he can easily grab the pencils and sharpener before he heads out the door. It also helps me and my husband with reminders.I scribble little notes for my husband if he will get home before me. All of their supplies are there with the storage bins holding notebooks, paper, and folders.

Materials needed: 

  • 24 x 24″ wood board (3/8th inch thickness)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Foam brush
  • metal pencil holder containers
  • screws/washer


Step one. 
Using the foam brush start painting the chalkboard paint on your wood board. (Follow your package directions). I did three coats of chalkboard paint on my board. I allowed it to dry between each coat.

Step two.
Using the washer and screw, carefully screw each of the metal pencil holders. Be sure to measure so that they are placed evenly on the board.

Step three.
(optional) Screw a scrap piece of wood with clips to the top of your board. (I bought mine in a Super Center for about $3 but you can create your own!).

Step four.
Enjoy your work! (Optional) You can hang this on the wall with heavy duty picture hanging kits. I have mine sitting on storage furniture.

Easy, right? Simple but makes such a big difference to our morning routine. I’m all for a stress-free morning! Having simple meal solutions for breakfast with Jimmy Dean® Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches and the afternoon snack taken care of with State Fair® Beef Corn Dogs, my days are a breeze! Plus, I get to spend more time with my babies!


Jimmy Dean® and State Fair® products can be found at Walmart stores in the freezer aisle. Be sure to check all of the variety of snack items.

How do you stay organized during the school year?

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  • Reply Ida

    That board is a great idea to keep everything organized in one place! It seems really easy to make too.
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    September 8, 2015 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Daisy

    This looks like the perfect idea for our house. We need to improve our organizational skills. Plus, that food looks super yummy!

    September 8, 2015 at 10:55 am
  • Reply susan

    This would be great in our home, I need to get more organized! And we are such big fans of Jimmy Dean that would make a great after snack for my daughter.
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    September 8, 2015 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I would love to set up a homework station for my kids. What a great idea.

    September 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Mandie

    I need that in my office! Oh… I mean in the girls’ school room… too. 🙂 Thanks for showing how to do it. It is easier than I originally thought.

    September 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    I’ve got to send this to my sister. This is exactly the kind of thing she’d get a ton of use out of.
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    September 8, 2015 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Dawn

    That’s the coolest! What a great way to keep organized. Plus, it just looks cool.
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    September 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Amber Edwards

    That is an awesome homework station. Simple yet so very effective! And i love how easy it is to make too!
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    September 8, 2015 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Mama to 5 BLessings

    Those look really good. We have a busy homeschool schedule, these would be great for lunch!

    September 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Shauna

    What an amazing idea. I love the idea of having a designated area… we don’t homeschool, but it would be nice to have a place for the kids to do their homework. Thanks for the idea, I will be getting on this very soon. Oh and my kids love Jimmy Dean products… Yum

    September 8, 2015 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Ashley Sears

    This is such a great idea for a homework station! We love corn dogs as an after school snack.
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    September 8, 2015 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Dawn

    This homework station is so neat! Corndogs are always a must have!

    September 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm
  • Reply Cathi Crismon

    I’m over the top in love with your chalkboard. And, my family loves corn dogs. I’m gluten free vegan but one of the things I miss the most is corn dogs!!
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    September 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Ann B

    I love this idea. The chalkboard would be so handy for reminders. I will have to build one for my Son.

    September 8, 2015 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply gingermommyrants

    I love DIY projects. This will be very handy for my kids. I will have to get them to help me make one this weekend.

    September 8, 2015 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Autumn @Mamachallenge

    I want to make one of those! It would be perfect to have!

    September 9, 2015 at 12:03 am
  • Reply Liz Mays

    This is such a cool homework station and it will get lots of repeated use! I love that you even added the holders!

    September 9, 2015 at 1:04 am
  • Reply Aubrey

    I wish I had a plcae in my houes to put something like this. Really eat idea.

    September 9, 2015 at 1:12 am
  • Reply Aimee Smith

    What a cute project! I have the perfect spot for one of these!

    September 9, 2015 at 1:33 am
  • Reply Stacie

    This is a fantastic idea! Would be able to keep everything organized and not worry about misplacing important school information.

    September 9, 2015 at 2:19 am
  • Reply Sabrina

    That chalkboard looks wonderful! I have no crafty bone in my body and I think I could make it!

    September 9, 2015 at 3:02 am
  • Reply Ourfamilyworld

    I like the idea of having a homework station. This would be a fun project to do.
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    September 9, 2015 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Seattle Travel Blogger

    I have been doing a lot of things with chalkboard paint lately and love the look of this homework station. Great idea.

    September 9, 2015 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Amy Desrosiers

    What an awesome idea for kids! I know my two need some mega organizing in this department.

    September 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Liza @ Views From the 'Ville

    I love your homework organization area! Bubbles starts school next year and we will definitely need something like that.
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    September 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Jesenia

    What a great DIY project. Love that it doesn’t look difficult to put together! Thanks for sharing! #client

    September 11, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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