DIY Tutorial – Painted Chalkboard Sign

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy
DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

This is a fast and fun project that I did recently … it’s a cute Chalkboard Sign!

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

This is the before. It was actually um … a gift from a relative at Christmas.  Shhh! Don’t tell!   Nothing wrong with it really, it just doesn’t fit with my decor, but I loved the fun shape of it, so I guess it was a good gift after all!

Supply List:

1) Blank Wooden (or MDF) Sign
2)Chalkboard Paint
3)Graphite/Transfer Paper for Dark Surfaces
4)Fine Tipped White Paint Marker
5)Paintbrush
6)Masking Tape
7)Pencil
8)Ribbon for hanging or hanging hardware for the back

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

Step 1) Follow the instructions on the Chalkboard paint and paint your board. I used 3 coats here. Let dry overnight to cure completely.

Click on Graphic to Enlarge

Step 2) Print out the Laurel Wreath image above (from an Antique Postcard Back), and trim around it with scissors.

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

Step 3) Lightly tape the Graphite paper to your sign and (make sure you have the correct side facing down!) and tape the wreath on top of it.

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

Step 4) Use the Pencil to trace along the whole design. Your basically just redrawing the whole image, right on top of the printed image.

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

Step 5) Remove the Graphite Paper and the printed design, and this is how it should look underneath.

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

Step 6) Go over the transferred image with the Fine Tip Paint Marker. And allow to dry completely.

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

That’s it! I just added a simple velvet ribbon to the top and it’s all done! I thought this might be useful for Weddings, Showers or Parties, but it can used for whatever you like!

DIY Tutorial - Painted Chalkboard Sign - The Graphics Fairy

I think it’s pretty cute and useful too!

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Comments

  1. That is a great repurpose! I like the shape of it too, but the design wouldn’t fit here either,but it does make a fabulous chalkboard! You have me wondering if I have something like that around here :)
    Thanks! t.xoxo

  2. Thanks, I just made a chalkboard from my cutting board.

  3. Don’t forget, it is easy to make your own chalkboard paint ~ so you can match your decor!

  4. I love this project! Thank you!

  5. great idea, thanks for sharing!

  6. Very pretty (much better than the original). :)

  7. Thank you so much everyone!! I love reading your sweet comments!

  8. I’m going to be looking at cheesy signs just for their awesome shapes now. What a great idea!

  9. I have the same sign. I bought it on clearance since I liked the shape. Now I know what I am going to do with it. Thanks!!

  10. C’est super beau. Je viens de voir ton site, il est magnifique! merci pour toutes ces belles idées.
    Amicalement

  11. I just stumbled onto this post through google. Thanks so much for sharing, especially about the graphite paper. Melinda

  12. I have been making lots of Chalkboards with the help of my sweet husband, I also found out they have Chalkboard paper at the dollar store. A big poster sheet for a buck. I cut it up and put it on the refrigerator, works so well and looks so cute.

  13. I’ve been doing a lot of chalkboard signs these past few weeks and I think I just can’t get enough. They are so edgy yet classy and easy to do. I also have a wall sized board for my kids so they won’t be ruining our white painted walls!-Kim

  14. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Check out what I was able to make bc of your tutorial :)
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1402614396642869&set=a.1388107638093545.1073741830.1375499689354340&type=1&theater

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