Chalkboard Paper Art
Chalkboard paper art is, easy, cheap, and super quick.
Did I hit all your favorite DIY buzzwords? You’re going to want to make more than one!
My wall art cost $9.00, but that included an $8.00 frame. The secret? Chalkboard paper!
So here’s the story.
I love the framed chalkboards I’ve seen all over Pinterest, but I really didn’t have the space for a large framed chalkboard. I decided that a small frame would work just fine for my needs. When I saw this cute frame at the Habitat ReStore, I knew that I had the perfect frame for my a small chalkboard.
However, when I tried to remove the old art, I discovered that it was glued in place with some super strong adhesive from another planet. The brush strokes would show through if I just painted it with chalkboard paint, so I went to the craft store to find a something to cover it.
While browsing the isles at Hobby Lobby, I found the perfect solution to my problem. Chalkboard paper! It was inexpensive and double-sided, so it was definitely worth $1.50 with my coupon.
- a frame
- black chalkboard paper
- printer and paper
- free printable, clip art, or your own design
When I made first chalkboard paper art it was near Thanksgiving, so I searched Pinterest for some easy holiday designs. I found this gorgeous free printable from Jenna Sue Design. She has a wonderful blog full of graphics and other DIY decor.
Here is the easy tutorial for this DIY wall art.
1. Cut the chalkboard to fit the frame.
2. Download and print the graphic. (Resize it to fit your needs.)
3. Turn it over and trace the back of the design with chalk.
4. Position it over the chalk paper right side up. Use something firm (spatula or credit card) to rub the front of the paper so that the chalk outline comes off on the chalk paper.
5. Lift the graphic design off the chalk paper to reveal the outline of the design. Trace over it with chalk to darken the design. (I changed the design slightly to make a pumpkin instead of an apple.)
6. Stand back and gawk. Take a picture and text it to a crafty friend. Prepare to amaze!
You: Look what I just did!
Friend: Adorbs! Where did you get that?
You: Made it.
Friend: Nuh uh!
You: Uh huh.
Friend: No way! There isn’t a crafty bone in your body. Seriously.
You: Only took me 45 minutes.
Friend: Shut the front door!
You: Why? You coming over?
7. Stand back and admire your work while you wait for a knock on the door.
I’m looking forward to making more chalk paper art. I used the fish symbol during Lent.
Search clip art for other simple holiday designs. Write your favorite words of inspiration, or whatever helps you to tell the story of your home.
Warning: Be prepared to get requests from all your crafty friends. You may no longer be able to claim that you aren’t crafty or creative, or that you don’t have time to make personalized gifts. You have Pinterest to blame for that. I am just the messenger!