Last Friday I showed my husband some pictures of Christmas chalkboards & asked him to choose his favorite so I could start working on our Christmas mantel. We found a lot of pretty ones online & after debating between a few we finally chose this one – May Your Days be Merry & Bright.
I loved how it looked online but knowing my own skill level & the messiness of my handwriting I had very little hope of succeeding so I made no effort to take pictures along the way. I figured it would end in a disaster & that I would end up having to go to plan B for our mantel. I was however pleasantly surprised – even Roger couldn’t believe how well it turned out!
After I made our Christmas chalkboard I decided I wanted to share with you how I made it, so I decided to show you step by step on a smaller chalkboard. The best part part is that I learned that anyone can create beautiful chalkboard art – even those of us who have horrible handwriting!
What You Need:
Damp Cloth – for fixing any mistakes
First, draw the branches without the leaves in the center of the chalkboard – basically a circle with the top not connected & with little squiggly lines at the bottom. Don’y worry about darkening the lines till later.
To be honest it took me several attempts until I was satisfied with my branches & even still at the end I ended up having to lower them a little more so that the words wouldn’t look so cramped at the bottom.
Next write out the words inside of the circle, leaving room around the edges for the leaves.
Next thicken sections of each letter to enhance all of the words. – I only did the M here & it is already starting to look better!
I think the reason it turned out so well is because the letters have varying thickness which helps cover up or disguise any negative aspects of your handwriting – my handwriting.
Then thicken the branches – the circle – & add the leaves & berry, along with the little filled in circle at the bottom that looks like it’s holding the branches together. The picture I looked at also had leaves on the bottom squiggles, but I left them off since I knew they will be mostly covered by the candles & other decor I will put on our mantel.
That’s it! Doesn’t that seem simple? Because I made it on such a large board & have horrible handwriting it took me a few hours until I had it just the way I wanted it but I think it is definitely worth the time! Especially since I will get to enjoy it for all of November & December!
Oh & if you want to see the DIY for this gigantic chalkboard check out this tutorial here.
I’d love to see your “May Your Days be Merry & Bright” chalkboard! Show off your Domestically Blissful Christmas craft on Instagram with the hashtag #DomesticallyBlissful for a chance to be featured on DB’s Instagram!
Check out these other popular Domestically Blissful crafts & recipes for new & fun ideas!