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Making beautiful, vibrant chalkboard signs is easier than you think! You can wipe away any mistakes you have and change your sign up for any occasion. Learn how to create your own DIY Chalkboard Sign for any event with the tutorial below.
I was so excited when I found Anita’s Instagram account! She creates amazing lettering and has selflessly agreed to share her knowledge and skills with us today. She’s completely self-taught, which only shows that with consistent work, you can do it too!
Below, she shares how to create your own chalkboard sign that you can use for any occasion or event!
I love incorporating lettering into my home décor, so when I saw all these beautiful chalkboard signs on Pinterest and Instagram, I knew I had to give it a go.
Turns out, they’re easier to make than you think! These signs are super versatile and can be used for any purpose or event such as weddings, birthdays, baby showers, graduations or even just seasonal décor.
The tutorial below will show you how you can create your own hand-lettered chalkboard.
- Chalkboard (I picked mine up at a Michaels last year at their end-of-summer sale for $10, but you can also purchase these at Amazon, Walmart, Target and many other stores).
- Sharpie Water-Based Paint Markers or chalkboard markers (It’s important to make sure you grab the water-based version of the paint marker because the oil-based version will not come off your board!)
- Laser level, or ruler
- Pencil Sharpener for chalk (ideally with the larger size sharpener)
How to Create a DIY Chalkboard Sign for any Event
1. Create a mock-up of what you’d like to write on your chalkboard using a paper and pencil. Play around with different fonts and layouts until you find one you love.
2. If your design includes straight lines for your lettering, either set up your laser level to create a guideline or draw your guidelines onto your board using chalk. If your lines aren’t straight or even, no worries, just wipe it away and redraw them!
Pro-tip: Sharpen your chalk using a pencil sharpener. (The chalk I have only fits into the larger size sharpener hole.) This will make it easier for you to trace over your work when it comes time to do so.
3. Start drawing out your letters or design on your board using chalk. Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can always wipe them away with a damp cloth and redo it until you get the design you like.
4. Trace over your art with the Sharpie Water-Based Paint Markers or chalkboard markers. Personally, I like to wipe a little bit of the chalk off so that the lines are lighter before I start going over my design with my paint pen. Less residue gets on my marker this way. Be sure to test this method on a small part of your design to make sure you can still see the outline underneath.
If you’re using a Sharpie Paint Pen, keep a spare sheet of paper on the side in case you need to push down on your marker nib to let more ink flow. If you do this on your chalkboard, you may end up with big ink blobs in your design.
After you’re done outlining your design and you have let your ink dry (this part is important!), go ahead and carefully wipe away any chalk lines left using a dry cloth. If there are certain parts of your design that you want to redo, just take a damp cloth, wipe off the ink, and try again!
At this point, you’re pretty much done! Go over any spots that look like they have a bit less ink with your Sharpie or chalkboard marker, and clean up any lines using a Q-tip dipped in water.
There you have it, your very own hand-lettered chalkboard, perfect for any occasion!
Once you get tired of your message, it’s super easy to erase using water, soap, and a cloth, and then your board is ready for your next creation!
Here are some other examples of how you can change up your sign for any season or occasion:
Anita Dewan is a reality show junkie who has always had a passion for crafting and DIY projects. She self-taught herself hand lettering and recently opened up her own Etsy Shop full of hand-drawn digital prints.
Check out her Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/adletters and Instagram at: @ad_letters