Like billions of other people, I *love* chalkboard decor. I love it so much I made the center of my piano into a chalkboard! My love of chalkboards hits a wall, however, when it comes time to actually write on them. I don’t have fantastic handwriting, and I’m not so good and doodling either. Creating pinterest-worthy chalkboard art is beyond my skill level. Often times I find something online that I like and try my best to copy it, but it never looks as fantastic as the original. I’ve read quite a few posts of tips and tricks for proper chalkboard writing, and they’re great, but still more than I can do.
So, there I was…staring at my gorgeous new piano with a big empty space waiting for me to adorn it with the perfect quote…trying to figure out how I was going to come up with something that would do it justice. That was when I remembered my limited chalk skills, and that big empty space started looking HUGE. What’s a girl to do?
Now, I’m not going to claim that I’m the first person to ever think of or try this. But I will tell you that- in all of the tips I’ve read, I’ve never seen it done. The life changing EVER SO EASY solution is:
I can hardly believe this never occurred to me before. Also, if you’re sitting there saying, “Well, DUH Breanna. I’ve been doing this for ages.” Then to you I say, “WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME?!?!”
This takes all the work out of making letters uniform in size,shape and font, as well as effortlessly mixing fonts and adding flourishes or other shapes to your chalkboards. It couldn’t be easier to do, and it is really-and-truly fail-proof!
You just hold your stencil up to the chalkboard and trace/fill it in with chalk. That’s all there is to it. But I do have a few tips to share:
For smaller letters/shapes, use the sharp “corners” of a new piece of chalk. This will give you a nice, crisp line and allow you to fill in tighter corners.
Be mindful of where your hand and fingers are as you move along. The stencil itself shouldn’t cause much smudging as you go from one letter to the next, but if your hand brushes up against something you’ve already drawn it will smudge. (which is no big deal, you can just fill in places you’ve smudged.)
Change the direction you move your chalk for tricky corners (like M’s and N’s). Some letters have sharp points that can be harder to trace around. Simply changing the direction in which I moved the chalk allowed me to avoid bending those parts of the stencil or messing up the look of the letter.
For larger letters/shapes, move the chalk in all one direction for a really clean look. You can use the sharp part of the chalk to trace the outline, then fill in going all one direction.
This is the very first attempt I made using stencils once I had the idea. I didn’t undo or change anything, this is exactly how it came out. Sure, I could’ve done some measuring to get things super evenly spaced or lined up. (Let’s be honest, I probably won’t ever do that.) But I wanted to show you how, even the very first try, it can turn out looking so awesome and professional! I used stencils I had on hand and was able to have a variety of sizes and fonts, and a cute little flourish too! This took me about 15 minutes.
I don’t know about you, friends, but this is an absolute game changer for me! I’m going to be boring old stencils in a whole new way now! Also, it’s not just store bought stencils that will work for this…if you’ve got a Cricut (or similar machine) you’ve got a whole new world of options based on your cartridges! Anything you can cut can be used for your chalkboards now!