Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Inspiring Chalkboards

I have had this handy chalkboard shelf hanging in my guest bathroom for quite sometime. It's great for hanging towels on the hooks and also keeping part of my sheep collection together. We have a few chalkboards around the house and I like to write inspiring things on them. When using chalk on a chalkboard and especially in a bathroom (and with 2 kids) the chalk can get wiped off very easily.

I will share how to write beautiful things on chalkboards (and in really pretty fonts!) that are more durable, but still not permanent, so you can change them out whenever you want!

First of all just write out your inspiring saying, Bible verse, your last name, or whatever in Microsoft Word or whatever program you use to create documents. You can play around with the font and size until you get it just right. I will say now in hindsight, I should have put the words all the way across my chalkboard. The good thing is, I can always change it later if I want.

When you get your words just right for your chalkboard, generously rub white chalk on the back of your template.

Next, tape down your template to the chalkboard being careful not to smudge chalk on your chalkboard if possible. Then you will just need to use a pencil to trace the letters out. When you finish remove the template to see a light outline of your words. *I suggest you start from left to right to keep from smearing the letters you have already traced.

Rather than use chalk to fill in the words, I used a white colored pencil. It is durable, but can still be easily erased from the chalkboard when I want to write something new and inspiring.

If you want to put something permanent, you should use carbon paper instead of white chalk on the back of the template and then paint in your letters.

Be Inspired!



Laryssa Herbert said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the instructions. Your sheep collection is charming...I'm a sheep girl too. ;-)

Robin said...

Never would have thought to do that. I think your chackboard is lovely and of course I love the star and the sheep are adorable.

LillySue said...

Great idea! I love beautiful fonts and inspirational verses. Thank you for sharing!!

Kasey Hunt said...

Great idea. It's really pretty.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I am inspired!!!
Love this idea...

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Karol, so glad to see you back...I have missed your posts. What a great idea. Thank you!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Karol, you've been missed!
So glad to see a post, and an interesting one at that from you again.
Hope Florida is getting cooler...but from what I remember, Sept., is still pretty darn hot.
It's lovely in Indiana, and more colorful daily.
Missed you...keep those posts coming!

Sadie said...

gorgeous. When I looked at the first photo I thought to myself 'ooh, how does she write so neatly'! !!! I'm such an innocent!

Nice to see you back. Did you get my email? sorry it took so long to reply, time just runs out for me.


Corners of My Life said...

I enjoyed reading about Inspiring Chalkboards from am Inspiring Blogger.

SoapyChica said...

This is such a cute idea-love it!

Staci @ Designing and Motherhood said...

HI. I saw that you are going to recover some wing backs. I need to tackle this too. Please share in a tutorial to me....PLEASE. Thank you. Staci
Come on over to my blog sometime. Take care.

Anne Marie said...

Karol! I love this idea......and beyond really liking your sheep collection (lol) I like the picture, the idea - and thanks for the tip - I'm not so great at 'calligraphy'

hope you are well!

Gen said...

Love it! thanks so much for sharing you've inspired me to spruce my chalk board up

Anonymous said...

What a great idea!!I love the sheep....Kathy

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