This wedding season, chalkboard signs are all the rage. However, they are quite expensive. I decided to make my own. I bought some 2’x4′ pieces of chalkboard for $10.25 per piece at Home Depot last weekend. My almost father-in-law cut them for me on his table saw. I’ve been working at lettering them this week. The larger signs will have frames around them eventually, but they are turning out too cute not to share!
- Ball point pen
- Computer, printer, and paper
- White tracing paper (used for transferring patterns to fabric)
- Chalk, chalk pen, or white paint marker (I used a marker because I didn’t want the signs to smudge between Texas and Indiana)
- Masking tape
- Use PowerPoint to design your sign. PowerPoint has tons of great fonts already. There are a lot more available at dafont.com. Erin has some great font suggestions on her blog, How to Nest for Less. It’s easy to scale the signs to an appropriate size using the program.
- Print your design and tape it to the board using masking tape.
- Slide the tracing paper between the design and the chalkboard.
- Trace the design using a normal ball point pen. You don’t have to be super exact with the tracing. I like the design to have some imperfections so it looks like it was handmade rather than printed.
- Remove the tracing paper and design. You should see your design faintly in white transferred to the chalkboard. Using your chalk or paint marker, trace over the design again.
Time Required: 30 minutes
Overall Experience: Excellent