Thanksgiving Chalk Art -- The Easy Way!6:00:00 AM
Remember last week when I shared my easy upcycled blackboard? You also saw a sampling of my handwriting on the chalkboard. I have decent handwriting, and I've even done some calligraphy, but there's something about a chalkboard that makes me an anxious third grader again, nervous about my handwriting in front of the class. But I'm here to share with you an easy way to fake your way to a pretty chalkboard sign: use a stencil. If you have a Silhouette or other cutting machine, you can even make a custom stencil!
I wanted to make a Thanksgiving sign for our mantel, so I took out my Silhouette and my computer and got to work. I used the ___ font and wrote "Give Thanks" and then found a couple of leaves in one of the designs in my library. If you have a Silhouette, be sure to download the weekly free designs from the Silhouette store! You never know when they are going to come in handy. Then all I had to do was cut out the design. I chose to use clear contact paper for the stencil for a couple of reasons. Number one—it's cheap. Number two, it's clear, which makes it easier to lay out. Number 3, it has adhesive, which keeps the chalk dust off the design, which keeps things cleaner.
You could totally use a regular, non-custom stencil to do this, too.
Once you have your stencil, attach it to the chalkboard. If the stencil is non-adhesive, use painter's tape to attach the stencil to the board. It will keep the stencil from sliding around. Then, color in with chalk—easy!
And all of a sudden, instead of a nervous third grader, you look like an amazing chalk artist. I know, that's (probably) not your goal in life. But still, it looks cool!