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How To Make Chalkboard Signs Like A Pro

Chalkboard typography has been a growing trend for awhile, and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Restaurants, coffee shops, birthday parties… there are so many places you see these fun, creative chalkboard signs, and with chalkboard paint now easily available you can make almost anything into a chalk project. But, what if you aren’t a natural born artist with ridiculously adorable handwriting? This blog post is going to show you how to EASILY make a chalkboard sign and hopefully inspire you in the process. Since we’re at the beginning of the school year, I thought a few free templates would be nice for promoting PTA events and fundraisers. Enjoy!

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • A Chalkboard Surface/Label
  • A Printed Template ( Download Free Templates Here)
  • 1 Piece of Regular Chalk
  • Masking Tape
  • A Ballpoint Pen
  • A Chalk Marker – you’ll only need one, or you can buy a package of them with different colors

Here are the steps to make a chalkboard sign like a pro:

1. Print out either our free templates or you can make your own in any word document at home.

2. Rub the piece of chalk across the back of the printed template so there is a thin layer of chalk/chalk dust on it.

3. Put masking tape on the back.

4. Position the paper and adhere it to your chalkboard.

5. Using the ballpoint pen, outline all of the words and pictures on the paper.

6. When you’re done outlining everything, lift the paper off the chalkboard and you will see a light outline from the chalk dust.

7. & 8. Using a chalk marker, trace your outline and color it in as desired. You can use regular chalk to do this, but I prefer chalk markers because when they dry you can touch them without it smearing, and they show up brighter and thicker than regular chalk.

The chalk wipes off easily with a wet paper towel, making it quick and easy to change/add additional information, dates, etc.

Even though we used school-related templates in this blog post, now that you know the technique, you can easily use this to create signs for whatever you want: a birthday party or a dinner party you are hosting, signs for a garage sale, or labels for organizing. Basically, the sky’s the limit!

We’d love to see how this post has inspired you! Please send us pictures of your chalkboard projects to!

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