March 10, 2014

seasonal chalkboard | spring edition

does anybody else look at those immaculate chalkboards on pinterest and wonder, "how do they do?" 

well, i did a little research and i got to the bottom of the scam. i was onto their game and i was bound and determined that, yes, i too could have some beautiful chalkboard art in my home. (ps. i saw the tutorial here.)

then i could post it on pinterest and people would be jealous. 

because when you're a 30 year old with braces, you really need someone to be jealous of something. you just do. 

step 1 | find desired printable on pinterest (i found this one). blow it up to the appropriate size of your chalkboard and print it out. lay it accordingly to make sure you have your spacing perfected. got it? now go get your chalk.
step 2 | take your chalk piece and the first square of the graphic and flip it to the back side. begin to color in the words with the chalk. once you have it completely filled with chalk, flip it over onto your chalkboard and tape it down. you're then going to want to fill in all the letters with a pen.

tada! everything that was filled in with chalk will transfer onto the board, and once you lift the paper you'll have a faint outline of your desired graphic. nice! right? wrong.
i thought i was going to have this fabulous tutorial for you guys. my message would be, "if i can do it, you can do it. i promise."

it certainly didn't work out for me. i'll blame it on my DIY chalkboard that i made for my wedding four years ago.

(i'd love to know if anyone has successfully done this.)

so here's what you're going to want to do...

step 3 | abandon your original plan. it's not going to work out for you. just save time and don't bother with the "chalkboard tutorial" that they promise is so easy. lies.

do it freehand! i tell you…i feel a lot less like a cheated and maybe i even feel a little more special knowing i did it all on my own…while closely following every curve and shading technique of the free printable. maybe i even have a little swagger in my step when i walk by my finished product.

and maybe every 30 year old with braces needs something to put a swagger in her step.
 final product | in spring time Love (not Sove) is carried on the breeze.
sure it's not perfectly centered. the spacing is a bit off. the "o" in on is completely messed up…but i love it. 


  1. I'm going home and updating my chalkboard today. You see I'm still rocking "Cheers" with a snowman and holly. I'm just a few months behind or early depending how you look at it. Happy Monday!

  2. I tried the same thing with zero success as well. Freehand has been the only "successful" thing for me when it comes to my chalkboard. Which is why I won't be blowing up Pinterest with my BA chalkboard designs anytime soon.

  3. I am always envious of those perfect chalkboards I see, thanks for letting us in a little how to secret! Looks great.

  4. Anytime I get creative with letters (see the "L" in your "Love" being mistaken for an "S"), hubs reads it like that to be a pain. I love your chalkboard! Kuddos to you! :)

  5. I have been loving the chalkboards lately, and need to find a fun place to put one up. I've wondered how everyone makes theirs looks so pretty with regular chalk and then I realized there were chalk markers. Makes so much more sense. :) I like the way yours turned out and how it's styled with the flowers and bunny - cute!

  6. It's beautiful! I've always been a little suspicious of that first tutorial ha

    1. PS - I have braces too! Well, more accurately, a permanent retainer. Still sucks.

  7. I think it came out great. Did you have to wet down the chalkboard first? That may make it stick better or make a complete mess who am I kidding.

  8. It still turned out great!

  9. Always cracking me up. I've seen those tutorials but never gave them a try. Probably because I shattered my chalkboard back in October...or something. Glad to know the internet is lying! I miss my chalkboard now though =( I'm jealous of yours for sure!

  10. I adore it and I'm jealous!!!

  11. I've been wondering how these were done and now I know I can got and do it! Thank you so much!

    Sophie xxx

  12. Hey that looks great. Sometimes we can be pretty talented with our free hand ability! Nice job!!

  13. Love it! I was reading the tutorial thinking how clever it was... Obviously TOO clever!

  14. It's so pretty! I have crap handwriting and prefer to use something like your template as a guide.

  15. Super jealous. That looks awesome!

    In fact, I'm going to break my husbands strict 'no pintresty chalk projects' rule. Ha! I'll show him, pintrest rulezzz!

  16. That looks awesome! Pretty sure my freehand would look like chicken scratch.

  17. Here's the deal. Your "second try" stuff? That is my "spend two days trying to make my chalkboard art look like that picture" look. You rocked it! Granted I love the first try. But the end result. Freakin fab.


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