Last week we shared a headboard that we turned into a chalkboard, and I thought I’d share my trick for creating pretty lettering with chalk.
I’m not someone who can freehand pretty lettering, so this technique was a game changer for me.
Step By Step Instructions For Creating Pretty Chalkboard Lettering
1.) If your chalkboard is brand new, start by rubbing chalk all over it then wiping it off. This seasons the chalkboard. If you skip this step, the first time you write on the chalkboard you’ll have a really hard time completely erasing whatever you wrote.
2.) Print the image or wording you want to write on your chalkboard onto regular copy paper. You can find a pre-made image online or create your own in Microsoft Word or at Picmonkey.com.
3.) *Optional: if you have a large chalkboard and need an image bigger than you can print on a single sheet of paper, you can use blockposters.com to create and print larger images for free on your home printer. Read my tutorial for using blockposters.com here.
If you’re using blockposters.com, your image will print onto multiple sheets of paper. This is what your image will look like once printed.
You’ll just need to trim the edges and tape the sheets together. Only place tape on blank sections of the paper, making sure you’re not taping over the image. I used painters tape so it’s easy to readjust without tearing the paper. It’ll look like this when you’re done.
4.) Next rub chalk all over the back side of the paper. You really only need to get chalk on the areas where the image is. So if there are large blank sections on your image, no need to rub chalk there. In my image above, for instance, almost the entire top left sheet of paper is blank so I only chalked the bottom corner where the top of the H is.
5.) Place the paper face-up (chalk side down) onto your chalkboard. I sort of hover the paper over the chalkboard while I eyeball it and get it centered. Then place the paper straight down onto the chalkboard without moving it around too much. You’ll transfer chalk from the back of your paper every time you move it. When you have the paper lined up where you want it, you can use painters tape on the corners to hold it in place if needed.
6.) Use a pencil to trace the letters onto the chalkboard. Press firmly with the pencil and just trace all the way around each letter. This will transfer a light chalk outline onto your chalkboard. Try not to push or rub the side of your hand across the paper as you go because you’ll transfer chalk in every place you press. When you’re done, it’ll look like this.
7.) See how there’s a nice outline of the image? Now you just have to fill it in with chalk.
Read Our Tutorial For How To DIY A Chalkboard From An Old Headboard (Pictured Above)
I realize most people don’t have an overhead projector, but I’m adding this method anyway because it’s one I like to use often. If you have an overhead projector, you can print your image onto transparency paper and simply project it onto the chalkboard. Trace the outline with chalk and fill it in.
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