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Easiest DIY Chalkboard Lettering Tutorial EVER!

July 1, 2014

This is the easiest DIY chalkboard lettering tutorial!

Hello friends! Are you ready to hear all about the the easiest DIY chalkboard lettering tutorial EVER?!  You can get this look of nice, neat chalkboard lettering that you have seen in our kitchen makeover reveal quickly and easily!

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If you are like me, you have seen fabulous chalkboard walls all over Pinterest. I love, love the versatility of chalkboard walls and knew I wanted one in our kitchen. But exactly how to achieve the beautiful handwriting on the chalkboard wall is something that eluded me. NOT ANYMORE! I figured out an easy method that totally worked for me, as well as one that didn’t. Today, I will tell you about both.

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Materials Needed for DIY Chalkboard Lettering:

  • Chalkboard pen. You can find these at Michaels* or order them on Amazon if you want them shipped directly to your doorstep: Chalkboard Markers* {affiliate links}

  • A word processing program and printer
  • A level
  • Chalk

DIY Chalkboard Lettering Tutorial:

1) Type out whatever quote or saying you want to appear on your chalkboard wall into your word processing program.  I decided on a quote from one of my favorite Zac Brown Band songs.  Then, choose a size/scale that will be appropriately sized on your chalkboard wall. I printed one word out first and held it up on my chalkboard wall until I was happy with the size of the font. Chose any font that you like.
2) Once you have printed everything out, decide on your layout by taping the words to your chalkboard wall using painter’s tape.

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3) Once you are happy with the layout, you can proceed in one of two ways:

Time consuming but effective option:

  • Coat the backside of each sheet of paper with chalk. Just rub it all over the back of the page.
  • Then tape your paper back on the wall and trace the outline of the letters with pen or pencil.
  • Now, remove the paper again and you will see your outline because the chalk that you rubbed on the backside of the page was transferred to the chalkboard wall when you traced the letters.  Fill in the chalk outlines with your chalkboard pen.
  • This method DOES work, but I decided that it would take 800 years to complete my rather long quote this way, so I quickly abandoned this method.  {I am not the most patient person in the world}.  I used this method for my first word, which was only two letters.  That was it.

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My quick and easy method: 

  • Using your level, draw lines with regular chalk that correspond with the top and bottom of your letters. In other words, if your letters are 6 inches tall, you will draw horizontal lines that are 6 inches apart.

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  • Make sure your lines are level by using your level {no pun intended}. These lines will serve as your guides. Then, using your printed letters are your guide, you are going to FREEHAND {gasp!} the letters onto your wall using your chalkboard pen. You really can do it because your guide lines will ensure that all your letters are the same size AND that your text is straight and level. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. If I had a question about any of the letters, I just looked at what I had printed out.

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4) After you are done with your lettering AND you have allowed time for your chalk pen to dry, you can easily erase your chalk lines without in any way messing up your lettering.  That's it!  If you tire of what you wrote, you can erase it by using a wet washcloth.  Then you can start all over.  That's fabulous versatility.  I cannot wait to decorate mine for Thanksgiving and Christmas :)

 

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I chose a pretty long quote and it took me less than an hour to complete.  I brought my sweet girls' art table into the kitchen so they could create their own art while I work on the lettering.  They kept telling me how beautiful my art was :)  It was fun for everyone.

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Do you love chalkboard walls as much as I do?  Do you have a chalkboard wall?  Have you found an easy method for chalkboard lettering?  If so, please share it!

If you want all the details on how we completely transformed our kitchen for less than $700, you can read part 1 here and part 2 here!

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  1. Christy says:

    Thanks for your help with chalkboard writing. Question ??? Do I need to get transfer paper and use the transfer paper to print out the saying or quote I want on the chalkboard ?

    • Tasha says:

      If you want to use the transfer paper method, then you need transfer paper (note I used regular white paper not technically a “transfer” paper). Or you can do it freehand, which is the way I ended up doing it. Good luck!

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  3. Delicia says:

    I just started using chalk paint for my signs and was so upset the first time I tried to wipe it off. I read a lot about magic erasers working but am not at all interested in spending money on them. I have been using a vinegar based cleaning solution
    Water
    Vinegar
    Hydrogen Peroxide
    Mint Oil (for smell)

    Mix – spray – scrub – dry with a rag

    It works great and it uses items I already have in my home

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  5. WD says:

    I’ve heard that chalk pens don’t wipe off chalkboard paint very well, but you don’t seem to have that problem. Are you using special pens or a special chalkboard wall?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi WD! I did use chalk pens and to be honest, they don’t wipe off that well. I had to use a magic eraser to remove it all. I hope that helps!

  6. B says:

    Do you need to use specific white paper and or chalk? I tried it and it did not work.

  7. Bev says:

    A definite pinner. I always wanted to learn how it’s done. Love your chalkboard and your chalk art. Thanks for sharing -Bev

  8. Tasha, I’m embarassed to admit I’ve been doing my chalkboard Option A style and yes, it’s very time consuming. I’m going to give your liquid chalk brand a try. Freehand with a level and regular chalk lines huh! You’ve inspired me to give it a whirl – thanks. I absolutely love your chalkboard wall!

    • Tasha A. says:

      LOL! Don’t be embarrassed, Marie! If I had had the patience, I would have continued with that method because it works, but I just couldn’t wait that long! It was so quick and easy to freehand. So glad to hear you are going to give it a try :) Let me know how it goes!

  9. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! We have chalk pens and I love them! I let the boys color on our windows with them and I also painted a canvas with chalkboard paint and use that to write little notes on it! I love anything chalk related! :)

    • Tasha A. says:

      My pleasure, Jessica! That’s such a great idea to let the kids color with the chalk pens on windows! Does it wipe right off? I may have to let my girls try that!

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