DIY Chalkboard Signs (Tutorial)

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Thanks for all the love and sweet comments 
Lots of you loved my chalkboard creation
so today I want to share with you a tutorial on how I made this wonderful sign.
It all started with this awesome Christmas printable from {aka} design.
(please visit their site if you would like to print your own copy)
I knew this design would look great on my new chalkboard.
Oh right, the new chalkboard that I didn’t have.
I guess it was time to make myself one!
I grabbed a few items from my garage:

-chalkboard paint
-1/4 inch birchwood plywood (18 x 24)
-paint brush
-chalk marker
 I painted the board once, waited an hour then painted another coat.

While that was drying,
I focused on getting my large print.
I had a copy of the Vintage Joy to the World printed at Staples.
Now I know what you are thinking…
“A print that size must have been so expensive!”
Nope. It set me back a whole $1.87!
I went online and downloaded the print to their copy and print center, 
selected the link Oversized Prints, then clicked on Engineering Prints.
I selected  the 18 x  24 size and black and white print.
I completed my order online and then picked it up the next day at the store.

Next step was to season my chalkboard.
What does that mean?
It’s just a fancy way to say, lay a piece of chalk sideways 
and completely color the entire surface of the board.

Then simply erase the board and now it is ready to use.
Now that I had my printed sign and my seasoned board, 
it was time to move on to the next step.

I took my piece of chalk and completely colored the surface of the
blank back side of my print.

Then I carefully flipped the paper over and placed the chalk
 colored side on top of my chalkboard.
I secured with a piece of tape on each side of the board.
Then I grabbed a very bright florescent pen and I
started tracing the outline of the words and designs.

Once you are done tracing, carefully lift off the paper.
You should see something like this…

Pretty, cool huh?!
Now the last step takes the longest, 
but it will be wroth it…I promise!

I grabbed my bistro chalk marker…

and started tracing over my chalk lines.
When I finished, this was the end result…

A simple way to get a professional looking chalkboard sign.
Any size and any style.
 Even if you have a chalkboard wall, this same method would totally work.
The really beauty about this project…it only cost me $1.87 total!

I love the classiness the sign added to my Christmas shelves…

Do you have any chalkboard signs in your home?

I Love To Link To:

Skip To My Lou
Domestically Speaking
Today’s Creative Blog 
The Shabby Creek Cottage  
The 36th Avenue
The Shabby Nest
Tatertots and Jello 
House of Hepworths  
DIY Show Off 
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
It’s Over Flowing
The Southern Institute
At The Picket Fence
Setting for Four 
Fox Hollow Cottage 
French Country Cottage
Not Just a Housewife 


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  1. says

    Thx… I think I could actually do this! I took a chalkboard class. I don’t know what I was thinking. I have terrible handwriting and my chalkboard print… Well, Thx again!

  2. says

    This is a super great idea! I really appreciate the information on how to basically make your own “contact” paper with the chalk. I can use this for many other projects as well! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Amber says

    I’m trying to order the print on, and I clicked on the 18X24 engineering print, but the image isn’t enlarging. Do you know what I’m doing wrong?

    • Laura says

      Amber, when you click on Media a window will pop open. Select 18×24 and make sure at the bottom of that window, you check FIT CONTENT TO PAPER. It should enlarge then. Hope that helps! :)

  4. says

    Such a great tutorial!! Question- when erasing the chalk pen did you find that the chalkboard paint would come off the wood? Is this any tutorial for a re-usable chalkboard sign?


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