I made each sign for around $11 a piece using some cabinet doors from my local Habitat for Humanity Re-sell store and some chalkboard paint.
The next step is to “season” your board by rubbing it down all over with the side of a piece of chalk. I know this sounds odd, but it helps the surface to erase cleanly when you are finished or if you make a mistake. Anytime you clean your board with water, be sure you repeat this seasoning step!
After rubbing it with the chalk, use a clean, dry towel to wipe off the chalk and it will leave behind a very fine layer of white dust.
Now the fun begins! Don’t be scared because this is so simple because I cheat! Since I stink at anything artistic if I have to do it freehanded, I printed my words from my computer out on some paper first. I used three different fonts because I prefer that look.
To transfer the outline of your words, coat the back of your paper with chalk, place it on your board chalk side down and use a pen or pencil to trace along the outside of the letters on the paper. When you move your paper away, a faint outline will be left behind from the chalk your rubbed on the back. (Can you see the “OUR” outline above?)
Above is a bit of a better picture of the outline of “favorite”. Now you just take your chalk and draw along your traced lines. Don’t worry about being perfect. You can make your lines thicker to cover any mistakes, or it simply wipes away if you are unhappy!
I decided to fill in some of the words and leave others blank, again, just for a bit of variation in the fonts. You could certainly use colored chalk as well!
Once I finished my words, there was just too many open spots left so I got brave and used a bit of freehanded drawing to make some simple accents. Again, if you hate them after you try something, just erase it and try something new! I tried four different versions of the swirly heart at the top before I was happy 🙂
If you need your design to last a long time, a simple application of aerosol hairspray will do the trick. Be sure you apply it from a distance so it goes on thin and evenly. Do a few thin coats of hairspray instead of one thick one.