I’ve had this chalkboard hanging above my bar cart for about five months, and the entire time it’s been blank. I’ve thrown a wreath up on top of it with a command hook, but only once. Besides that, its been a naked piece. I’ve wanted to do something with it, but I knew that if I attempted to free-hand the font I would just end up disappointed. I’m way too much of an impatient perfectionist, so instead of giving it a try, I did nothing. Well, no more! I was bored of looking at this blank canvas and decided to do something about it. And to avoid ever having to showcase my fourth grade boy’s handwriting to the world, I needed a way to cheat my way to perfect calligraphy.
The answer? Stencils! I’ve been working on a wooden market sign where I used a stencil and loved the outcome. And I thought, “why can’t I stencil my chalkboard the same way?” No reason!
All it took was…
First, I found the design I wanted to create on my chalkboard. On Adobe Illustrator I turned it into a black and white outline. If you’d like to use the stencil I created, you can download my hello spring stencil and use it for whatever you’d like!
I printed it at 25×16″ to fit right inside my 36×24″ chalkboard.
After that was done, I got out my xacto knife and went to town cutting out the letters. Remember to keep the hollow parts of the letters like the inside of the e or o so you can also stencil those in perfectly!
Once that was done, I just held the stencil down on my chalkboard and carefully traced along the outside. I wasn’t concerned with making this part perfect because I could just go back over them.
After I had the full stencil traced I removed it and cleaned up my edges. This is also when I added the inside hollow parts of the letters.
After going along and cleaning everything up a bit, it was done! It might be a little more work than attempting to free-hand the font, but I think it was well worth it.
Finished and ready to hang back up above my bar cart!
What do you think? Do you have a chalkboard that you update seasonally in your home? Do you think it was worth the extra step to ensure my awful handwriting stays a secret? (;
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