Renee Elliott

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Renee Elliott


Renee Elliott is a self-proclaimed fashion addict, food junkie and arts & craft nerd. She is the gal behind Re: Creative where she works on window displays, events and teaches craft classes.With an eye for detail, a love for DIY projects and a passion for creating, Renee is able to add her unique touch to any project.

DIY Chalkboard Art

Posted by Renee Elliott Monday, April 8, 2013 9:00 AM EDT


Chalkboard art is truly a skill I admire, as it can certainly be tough to do. By keeping the chalk art simple and making your own chalkboard on a cool piece of wood, you’ll have a killer sign that you can be proud to hang on your front door!





  • Chalkboard paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Piece of live edge wood (I found mine at Michael’s)
  • Chalk
  • Picture hanging kit
  • Damp cloth
  • Cotton swab


STEP 1: Create the chalkboard


Carefully paint the piece of wood with the chalkboard paint, leaving about a one inch gap from the sides. If you are using a rectangular or square piece of wood, use tape and a ruler for straight edges. Set aside to dry.


STEP 2: Get ready to rub


Season the chalkboard. This is done by rubbing chalk on its side all over the chalkboard and erasing it with a damp cloth. This step will help avoid ghosting (which is when you draw on a chalkboard, erase it and still see the image, but in black).




STEP 3: Find a font


Plan out your message and font. Use Pinterest for inspiration and play around with fonts on your computer to come up with a design you like. Keep it simple.


STEP 4: Bring on the border


Start with a border. Tip: Dip your chalk in water before you begin writing.




STEP 5: Write it out


Next, write out the words, keeping spacing in mind. Start with the middle letter if it helps you with spacing. Sometimes the imperfections add to the charm of chalkboard art so don’t worry too much about small mistakes.


STEP 6: Swipe away


Clean up any smudges using a wet cotton swab.


STEP 7: Show off your masterpiece


Flip the chalkboard over. Screw in two hooks from the picture hanging kit to the back of the chalkboard and attach wire to them both. Your chalkboard is ready to be hung!


Visit our Renos & DIY Section for more simple step-by-step crafts.

Topics: DIY, Crafts, Chalk, Art


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