Fancy Chalkboard Lettering

It's no secret I'm a big fan of chalkboards.  I'm a doodler, a list-maker, and a lover of quotes, and it's just plain old fun to write on the walls.

Do you want to draw on your chalkboard all fancy-like for the Christmas season???  It's as easy as pie.  (oooooh I ate too much pie this Thanksgiving.  why why why can't I just say no to pie??)

To give your chalkboards a little flair for the holidays, try this trick that I have also used for making my Destinations sign, and also for tracing a monogram onto fabric.

Play around with the message, sizing, and font in Word, then print out.  Cut out the words and arrange them until you have the desired effect.

Use the side of a piece of chalk to color the back side of the words. (never mind that I am showing the tip of the chalk in this picture….use the side…..much quicker!)

Use a pencil to trace the words onto your chalkboard.  It will leave a light imprint.  Do one line of words at a time so you don't smudge your traced letters.

Wet the tip of a piece of chalk and then go over the traced letters, filling in and embellishing.  The wet chalk will dry nice and bright (white or colored).  I kept the paper next to me so I could refer to it and recreate where the letters were thicker for this calligraphy font.

Keep a little dish of water and a paper towel next to you for "erasing" any boo-boos.  Q-tips are great if  you are doing a more extensive design.

You can a border with a ruler, or use fancy fonts to print out designs that can embellish your chalkboard.

It doesn't have to be perfect - but using a mix of fonts as your guide can definitely add a little something- something to your chalkboard art!  Simple or fancy, just have fun with it!

Here are a few of my favorite inspirations.

Fun for a family room (or my basement!)

Make a chalkboard menu for your dining room.  Create circles by tracing a plate.

This one looks like it was drawn with a chalkboard marker.  You can find them here.

I love this one so much and these words are bound to make their way into our master bedroom!

…and this one is destined for the chalkboard walls in all my kids' rooms :)

Such a great idea for a covered entry!


Hannah just put a new message on the little chalkboard in our dining room last night.  It couldn't be more appropriate for this house!!!

Have a wonderful day, and start of the Christmas season my lovelies!


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i am so ashamed of my crap writing..... these are so pretty!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

pure genius! I'm pinning this!

Dana Frieling said...

Now isn't that clever! Who knew?

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Maury @ Life on Mars said...

THIS IS BRILLIANT! I hate how my handwriting looks on chalkboard. It never comes out exactly right. I'm definitely going to use this tip. Pinning!

pam {simple details} said...

Hannah's is my favorite! :) I've pinned some of your same inspiration but didn't have a clue how I was going to accomplish it ~ thank you!!

Rebecca said...

you have no idea what perfect timing this is. i'm directing a dance concert in a small theatre in january, and i wanted to have chalkboard signs like this saying "please turn off your cell phones" and such, but i've never really done much with chalkboards! thank you!

there's a party at my place, if you feel like linking up: jedandivy.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

Lisa this is so great love your question to Santa!
Will try this!

Val said...

So gorgeous....I must try this.

Calypso In The Country said...

Oh, I just have to try that Lisa! I always end up writing so crooked so I will definitely try your method!

Adelina Priddis said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I have such horrible handwriting, I've avoided chalkboard stuff. Now I don't have to! I love the look it gives.

Jenny said...

I tried this last night - soooo clever! Now I need to expand to something bigger and more creative... The possibilities are endless!

thistlewoodfarm said...


This is such a fun idea! Thanks for the entry tip! I may have use that idea for a party I'm having! Thanks so much for inspiring me today!


My Crafty Home Life said...

Now why didn't I think of this? What a fantastic cheat...my favorite way to be fancy. I have the worst writing, but I can do this.

Jessica Groesbeck said...

Found you via Pinterest. Linking back to this tutorial on our blog. Love your work!! Your chalkboards look amazing :)

Have a great week!
Jessica @ tinybabyg.blogspot.com