Monday, December 10, 2012

10 minute Christmas Chalkboard Art

If you have ever read my blog before, you probably know a couple of things about me.

1-I am a compulsive decor changer. I am constantly moving furniture, lamps, decor, even pictures on the walls. Holidays are no different.

2-I am lazy. Meaning, I am a lazy crafter/creator. If something has two many steps, or looks like it is going to take me longer than 15 minutes to get some sort of gratification-I am out!

That is why 10 minute Christmas Chalkboard Art is so up my alley! It's easy to change and takes minutes to do.

I have a special place in my heart for chalkboard art. I love words! I love the emotion and power that a couple of words can evoke. I even have a pin board titled Chalkboard Quotes. This is one of my favorite boards!

I know that some of you are thinking that you can’t do chalkboard art. Well, I am here to tell you that you can. Decide what you want to say, add some embellishments and go to town. I could go into more detail, but I think that Miss Rhonna of Rhonna Designs says it better than me.

A couple of tips that I have learned &I must share with you.

The cheaper the chalk, the better! I have found the cheaper the chalk, the less of a shadow it leaves. (I have no idea if that is the right term. ie-what's left when you erase or try to erase previous art work. I am not a chalk pen fan. They look super cute, but I don't think they erase well.

Sharpen your chalk! This was a-ha, groundbreaking, angels singing hallelujah moment for me! Make sure that you get a makeup sharpener. A makeup sharpener has 2 sharpeners,  and one of them is bigger. You need the bigger one. Not that I learned this from personal experience of anything. I also may or may not have ruined the electric sharpener because I thought it would be smart to try sharpening chalk with it.

christmas decor joy to the world finished
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 Use a damp cloth as an eraser. I have used a wet paper towel in a pinch, but most paper towels will leave a residue. Old t-shirts work awesome!

Embellish your own handwriting with lines, shading, polka dots, curly q’s, shapes and different fonts. When I do a chalkboard, I use my own handwriting, but in different fonts. Meaning, print, cursive, my funky printy-cursive thing I do. Also, just by adding polka dots & curly q’s-you can change your plain jane handwriting into fabulousness!

christmas decor chalkboard 2

If you really hate your hand writing, there are so many awesome designs that you can print and trace off of an online source. I personally have a crush on a Rhonna Designs Christmas right now, so her sight is my go to for ideas.

I almost forgot to tell you about my globe. I love my globe all Christmas’ed out! Joy to the world! All I used was stickers from my ridiculous amount of paper crafting supplies and voila...!

christmas chalkboard close 1Did I mention that I love it!

I hope that you will try your hand at your own chalkboard art. You will love it!Warning... It’s a little bit addicting!

P.S.-If you want to know how I make my chalkboards (it’s not with chalkboard paint)
you can read all about it.

P.P.S-You can watch & learn here if you want to..

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  1. Love how this little corner of your house turned out- adorable! Thanks for inspiring me to write on my S.S. Chalkboard today.

    1. Thanks so much Mellis! Please shoot me a pic of your finished chalk board. I would love to see it! Happy Snowy Monday!

  2. Love it, and especially love the globe! Up untill a few days ago, I still had my Halloween greeting on my chalkboard in my family room. Thanks for the tips!


    1. Your welcome! I am happy to help! Now, if you could just cut me some stuff out of wood...:) Happy Monday friend!

  3. Am going to try again - mine always come out a hot mess! Perhaps these instructions will help! Visiting from Girl Creative - Cheers!

    1. The most important thing to remember is that you can erase it if you screw it up. The sharpened chalk really does help! I would love to see a pic of your finished piece! Happy Chalking!

  4. Hey BFF! This is so much fun! I can see chalkboard ornaments and chalkboard runners....thanks so much for inspiring me today!


    1. oooh-runners?! I have not thought of those. I am so going to do that.
      Happy Monday!

  5. Sooooo stinking cute! I love your ideas of embellishing. I have a few chalkboards around the house - so I guess I'm gonna go doll them up a bit :)

  6. Love your embellishment ideas - I have been stuck with just plain handwriting on my chalkboards....Guess I am gonna go doll things up a bit :)

  7. I had no idea that you could sharpen chalk, Tausha! You're awesome...and it turned out cute!! Just pinned. :)

  8. I love the red frame! It makes the chalkboard look festive.

  9. I love the tip about using a make up pencil sharpener. Finally a use for them! LOL!

    I cheat on my chalkboard designs. I make or use a stencil - cuz I'm lazy too. ;) I also learned a tip somewhere that you can make your chalk look brighter if you dip it momentarily in water (& frequently). I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to.

  10. I am going to try sharpening my chalk for sure and I'm pinning so I remember the rest.

  11. So Simple and Cute! I am off to buy some super cheap chalk!

  12. Thanks for the tips my friend. I'm going to update my chalkboard tomorrow!!!

  13. So cute! And thank you for the tips, I always thought people had purchased expensive chalkboard pens to make beautiful art (I have the cheap school chalk, RoseArt brand I think!) but now I know what to do! And sharpening?! Who would have thought? Thank you!


  14. Great work! And yes, Chalkboard art is soooo addicting! I love changing ours out with the season and holidays or just because I can! :) And I love your globe! So cute!!

  15. This is cute! I too just added a chalkboard in my kitchen and I was very nervous at first, but now I love it! Thanks for linking up at A Crafty Christmas!

  16. Love it! I also heard to wet the tip of your chalk for really dark lines. I haven't tried it yet.
    Homa Style is having a 12 Days of Christmas link party going on now.
    I would love it if you linked up your holiday chalkboard.
    The link is

  17. *gasp* You make it sound so easy! I'm trying this on my new chalkboard door!! :)

  18. Thank you so much for all of the tips ... your chalkboard came out so great!! thank you so much for linking up to our party!!

  19. Love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  20. Love it! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House! Pop on over and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  21. Great hints, I want to try making some cards with chalkboard like fronts, lots of people have been doing that lately with white ink, love the effect.

  22. Love chalk boards too!! Missed the party. Pinned your sweet boards! New follower. Stop by and follow back.

  23. I LOVE your "Joy to the World" globe!


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