Have you been wondering how you can add beautiful lettering to a chalkboard? You don’t need fancy lettering skills – you just need a letter stencil mask, paint and a paintbrush! Follow along as I show you how I made this fun and functional DIY calendar chalkboard.
- 24 x 10.5 inch Wood Chalkboard
- Alphabet Stencils
- Craft Paint of Your Choice
- White Paint
- Paint Brush
- Craft Glue
- Regular Chalk
- Ruler & Pencil
- Painter’s Tape
- Scrabble Tray & Letters (optional)
To create the lettering on the DIY calendar chalkboard I used stencil mask letters. Instead of writing the letters out I painted over the letter mask and peeled it away when I was finished painting. It’s so easy, you are going to love it. And the Hazel & Ruby Stencil Mask Letters are re-positionable and re-usable! I found them so simple to use and they made lettering this DIY calendar chalkboard amazingly easy.
Pick a paint color for your DIY calendar frame. Tape off the inside of the chalkboard along the frame edge with removable masking tape. Paint all around your frame.
Before you do anything else, measure your DIY calendar chalkboard width and height. Figure out the distance you want to use between letters and words. Use a ruler and a pencil to mark off where you will want your letters placed.
Peel the letters off the packaging sheet they came on and apply them like stickers to the DIY calendar chalkboard. Use a ruler to help you apply your letters in a straight line.
Use painter’s tape and tape off the area you want to paint. Begin painting over the letter stencils. You don’t want to use too much paint because if it gets too thick the paint can seep under the letter mask.
As the paint is drying, carefully peel off the letter stencils. (My favorite part! I love revealing what it looks like.)
As a fun addition to my DIY calendar, I painted a Scrabble tray the same color as the frame and used craft glue to glue it to the chalk shelf at the bottom. This adds a place to leave messages on my DIY calendar or write the month in Scrabble tiles.
Once your DIY calendar chalkboard is complete you will want to add your schedule to it using chalk. A word of caution – please check and see what your chalkboard is made from, I don’t want you to ruin it after all your hard work. If your chalkboard is made from wood painted black, (like the one I made), DO NOT USE CHALK MARKERS! They will not come off once they dry. Use regular old school chalk and rub it off with a cloth or paper towel. Chalk Markers are great for non-porous surfaces – like slate chalkboards, or whiteboards, etc.; but they are permanent on wood surfaces.
Below is a short comparison between regular chalk and chalk markers.
Crayola White Chalk – at most craft stores
First I wrote on a slate chalkboard in cursive using both regular chalk and chalk markers. It isn’t very easy to write in cursive with regular chalk because it doesn’t move across the surface very smoothly and it makes a dusty mess. (Whose turn is it to clean the chalkboard erasers?) All the chalk markers wrote smoothly, but the David Tutera Chalk Pen moved along the easiest. The line width also came out slightly thicker than the same size Marvy Uchida Maker. I didn’t expect that the Marvy Uchida 6mm Broad Tip would write the same line thickness as the other two chalk markers. The tip is bigger, I tried it a couple times, but it remained the same size. It might start to draw a thicker line as it gets used more often since the tip is quite a bit bigger.
Remember all the chalk pieces that used to lay in the tray by the chalkboard at school? There is a reason for that, regular chalk snaps in half easily when any pressure is applied. I applaud those of you who can do lovely chalk lettering old school style. My piece of chalk broke in half on the second word, lol! As for printing and shading using chalk, well it is choppy when you are writing with it and again a lot of dust is created. The chalk markers performed similar to how I described above. Both of the Marvy Uchida chalk markers wrote in similar line thicknesses despite the tips being different sizes. The David Tutera Chalk Pen moved along more smoothly again, it seems to be a little more liquidy coming out and I am sure that is why there is a little performance difference.
Thanks for reading!
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Alanna was a Design Manager in the Scrapbooking industry until the birth of her first child. She then turned freelance graphic designer, crafter and stay-at-home mom. Her love of design and flair for crafting keeps her busy at work and in her home life where she loves to create handmade gifts, jewelry and cards for all occasions. Alanna’s craft repertoire includes not only scrapbooking and papercrafting; but also sewing, needle felting, jewelry making, kids crafts and more. She resides in MI with her husband and their four children.