Chalkboard Lettering

This DIY technique allows anyone to create perfect chalkboard lettering!

I love chalkboard art, but free handing lettering drives me crazy.  I am an impatient perfectionist, and I have discovered a way to quickly create pretty chalkboard lettering every time…

Perfect Chalkboard Lettering

I will walk you through the steps of creating perfect chalkboard lettering, and it really is easy!  I also have a video tutorial where I share the same technique, and I share that towards the end of this post.

  • Begin with a chalkboard. I made a mirror into a chalkboard, but I wouldn’t always recommend this. Instead, I would suggest cutting a hardboard or some thin wood to put in the frame. Make sure the board is smooth so you can create a nice, smooth chalkboard finish.



  • Print out lettering for your chalkboard.

I combined two fonts to make this type art for my dining room, and you can download the (2 page, letter-sized) PDFs here:





  • Cover the back of your paper with chalk.


  • Tape your printed type just as you would read it (chalk covered side down) to the chalkboard. Using a pen or pencil, firmly trace the type with a pen or pencil.
  • Remove the paper, and you will see a fine chalk outline.  Using chalk (or a chalk pen), trace and color in the lettering.




These chalk pens are great for chalkboards you want something a little more permanent.  However, I recently began using china markers instead of the chalk pens because they look more like chalk and are permanent!


I also created this video using the same technique for transferring an image: 


Since I shared this tutorial over 5 years ago, I had a friend create this gorgeous custom piece. 

The chalkboard mirror lives on!

Go create something!

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