DIY Chalkboard Sign
This post is a tutorial to create a DIY Chalkboard Sign! I upcycled a Christmas gift from a relative (shhh!) that was cute… but didn’t go with the decor in my home. I really liked the shape of the sign though and thought it would make an adorable chalkboard. You can probably find a similar style sign at the Dollar Store, or Michael’s Crafts or Hobby Lobby etc. I’ve included all the step by step instructions, along with a transfer pattern for a pretty Laurel wreath that you can add to the bottom of the chalkboard if you like. The wreath just adds a little extra flair!
Instructions for DIY Chalkboard Sign:
This is a fast and fun project that I did recently … it’s a cute Chalkboard Sign!
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!
DIY Chalkboard Sign Supply List:
1) Blank Wooden (or MDF) Sign
3)Graphite/Transfer Paper for Dark Surfaces
4)Fine Tipped White Paint Marker
8)Ribbon for hanging or hanging hardware for the back
Step 1) Follow the instructions on the Chalkboard paint and paint your board. I used 3 coats here. Let dry overnight to cure completely.
This is the Laurel Wreath Transfer Image that I created for this project. It was actually on the back of a Vintage postcard, I thought it was so lovely!
Step 2) Print out the Laurel Wreath image from up above and trim around it with scissors.
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.
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.
Step 5) Remove the Graphite Paper and the printed design, and this is how it should look underneath. The Laurel wreath is just lightly imprinted on to the black paint.
Step 6) Go over the transferred image with the Fine Tip Paint Marker. And allow to dry completely. This will make the wreath design really pop and it will be permanent on there then. Plus bonus, it looks like Chalk, so it will look nice with whatever you write in chalk on the sign afterwards.
Finished DIY Chalkboard Sign for Wedding or Showers
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! And true confession time, I have the absolute worst handwriting! So I cheated and used photoshop to write Bride above and Wedding on the one below. But at least you get the idea!
Overall I think it’s pretty cute and useful too!
I hope you enjoyed this fun step by step tutorial for this DIY Chalkboard Sign. You might also like the Free Chalkboard Printable Labels that we have HERE.
Thanks so much for the tutorial! Check out what I was able to make bc of your tutorial 🙂
Kimberly Watley says
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!
Joyful Blessings says
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.
The Refeathered Roost says
I just stumbled onto this post through google. Thanks so much for sharing, especially about the graphite paper. Melinda
C’est super beau. Je viens de voir ton site, il est magnifique! merci pour toutes ces belles idées.
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!!
I’m going to be looking at cheesy signs just for their awesome shapes now. What a great idea!
Karen- The Graphics Fairy says
Thank you so much everyone!! I love reading your sweet comments!
SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says
Very pretty (much better than the original). 🙂
great idea, thanks for sharing!
Prayer Notes by Cynthia says
I love this project! Thank you!
Don’t forget, it is easy to make your own chalkboard paint ~ so you can match your decor!
How can you make your own chalkboard Paint?
Karen- The Graphics Fairy says
Sandy, I’m pretty sure I have the recipe pinned on my Pinterest page. I believe it’s on my board labelled “Chalkboard”.
Thanks, I just made a chalkboard from my cutting board.
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 🙂