Chalkboard Art Anyone Can Do

It didn’t seem fair to leave you with a sandwich board (you made one yesterday right?) and just a crappy cup of hot cocoa as the art work on your new Christmas decor piece – but I can’t draw.  Not well anyways.  The mug from yesterday’s post was actually one of my better drawings and I’ll admit, it was less-than-pinnable.

So, how to you make those great chalkboard signs if you don’t have the God-given talent?  I did some research and found out how some of those not-quite-experts-but-you-wouldn’t-know-its do it…..  and it’s easy.

A tad time consuming, but easy.

First off, you want to find an image or text that you want to put on your board.  I found this free printable from Hoosier Homemade and blew it up on our home printer.

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Next, you’ll need to cover the back of the paper with chalk.  Any colour – it doesn’t matter – as long as the back of the words and images is completely coated.

Carefully place your printout/s back onto your chalkboard and trace out each letter – I found using a coloured pencil crayon worked better because you could clearly see where you’d been and where you still needed to trace.  Don’t worry about little scuffs and fingerprints etc.  This is not your finished product – this is just giving you a template to trace over.


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For the most dramatic, and longest lasting effect, you’ll want to buy some “chalkboard markers”.  They are liquified chalk that go on thick and don’t scuff.  They have the added benefit of not wiping off with sleeves or cloths or other chalkboard erasers – they can only be erased with a bit of water.

They come in a huge array of colours if you want something more vivid – but I liked the white to keep with the rustic chalkboard feel.

Trace over your chalk lines starting at the top and working your way down.  Once you’ve traced the entire thing you can carefully wipe off excess chalk dust.

How to create your own professional-looking chalkboard art - when you don't have any talent whatsoever.

You can tell that my image wasn’t sized properly for my chalkboard, so I wiped it all off with a damp cloth and started again – this time with a blueprint from Staples sized to 18″ by 24″.  (printing cost – $1.47)

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Much better!

I’m posting this as a Christmas craft, but this sandwich board chalkboard can really be used all year – indoors and out.  Announce a birthday, post a menu, let the kids draw and play, sketch out building plans…

my favourite though is the chalk art (chalkboard art) – no one (that doesn’t read this blog) will ever know that you aren’t this incredibly talented chalkboard artist.

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It makes a gorgeous front porch decor piece to share some joy with friends and neighbours.

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How to create your own professional-looking chalkboard art - when you don't have any talent whatsoever.


Have a great one!


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2018-06-18T13:41:30-04:00November 9th, 2015|CRAFTS, DECOR|5 Comments


  1. Alayna @AlaynasCreations November 9, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Easy as that?! It does look like it takes a bit of time, but the results are so pretty. I had always wondered how all the chalkboard art looked to clean when I can barely write my name in chalk without smudging it. Glad to know there are a couple of tricks.

    I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by for a visit. The current party closes tonight but another one will be opening on Friday.

  2. Shaunacey November 9, 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    LOVE this!!! as someone so not crafty, this is something I can get behind!

  3. Kim November 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    That is perfect! You have found the secret to success here! Thanks for sharing this for those of us who are artistically and chalk-writing challenged. I love your sandwich board, too. It looks so nice!

    • Shelly @ November 18, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much – the sandwich board tutorial is on the block just prior to this one – so you can have your own board AND some brilliant artwork (and no one has to be the wiser!). Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  4. Fall Front Porch - 100 Things 2 Do September 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    […] I brought out my sandwich board from last Christmas and attempted another piece of chalk art based on this free printable from The Diary of Dave’s Wife.  To find out how to create your own chalkboard art, check out my tutorial here. […]

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