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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!

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Lisa Sarris

Saturday 5th of March 2016

Want two small boards made with a saying on them for two young men as a remembrance from their father's funeral

Jessica Groesbeck

Friday 11th of July 2014

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

Have a great week!Jessica @

My Crafty Home Life

Friday 30th of November 2012

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


Wednesday 28th of November 2012


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!



Wednesday 28th of November 2012

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