Slowly but surely I am decorating our entry way / dining room for Spring with rustic, natural elements, lots of green and a few pops of color. I started with my no-sew Spring fabric garland and I have another project to share with you today. But first a confession: I did it! I finally jumped aboard the chalkboard paint train … and I am crafting full steam ahead! Look for a few more chalkboard projects in the coming weeks – I am hooked! Today, I am sharing an easy and charming rustic wooden chalkboard sign!!
Here is what I used for this project:
- Wood plaque – I picked this up at Hobby Lobby
- Martha Stewart chalkboard acrylic paint & foam brush
- October Afternoon scrapbook paper
- 2″ Scalloped circle punch
- Brown ink
- Adhesive (in this case, I used plain ol’ tape)
Using the foam brush, paint a rectangle of chalkboard paint on the wooden plaque. You could use painters’ tape if you want the edges more precise, but I was going for rustic imperfection. Follow the instructions on your paint for coverage and drying time; mine said two coats of paint and allow the paint to cure for 24 hours.
While my paint was drying, I made the simple paper banner. Punch three scalloped circles from your scrapbook paper – the paper I chose was double sided! Cut them in half and ink the edges of the semi circles. I just run an ink pad around the edges of the paper to give it a little age and character. Attach the semi circles to your twine/string.
Now … back to our sign!
Once cured, season your chalkboard paint. What in the world does that mean? Lightly rub a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard paint and wipe with a soft cloth. Now your chalkboard is seasoned!
The next step is attaching the paper banner. I was originally going to use mini clothespins to the sign to hang the banner, but I decided I may not want them there permanently, so I just used transparent tape to attach the banner to the back of the sign.
Finally, I used a small vintage jello mold (the scalloped edges match the banner!) to hold chalk.
You can Google chalkboard lettering for tons of examples of fonts, details and flourishes and that’s what I did to create the lettering on my sign.