How to Stencil a Chalkboard


Hi there, Friends! Recently, when I featured this scripture garden chalkboard with my cozy winter decor, I promised to share a tutorial. As I've mentioned before, despite my love for DIY projects and crafts, I'm pretty challenged when it comes to free hand drawing and lettering. Now if you happen to be blessed with gorgeous handwriting and the talent to draw, that's awesome--go for it! For the rest of you, quite simply, I've found the easiest way to create a pretty chalkboard is by stenciling and today I'll show you how... 


how to stencil a chalkboard


Though not as elaborate as my recent endeavor, here are some other stenciled projects I've shared since I scored my vintage chalkboard for $1 back in July. For more details, you can click on the links below:



how to stencil a chalkboard


Ready to create your own? First, I recommend taking the time to experiment with your stencils, especially with a larger chalkboard. Sometimes simply using masking or painter's tape to attach the stencil to the chalkboard and stepping back to take a look, will clarify which to use. When I started this project, I knew I wanted to use a scripture with some type of border around the chalkboard. I didn't start out intentionally to create a wreath around the words. It wasn't until I played around with several that I realized by stenciling just a section of a more ornate pattern on each side of the board, a wreath was formed. 


How to stencil a chalkboard


Next, when you are ready to stencil words, use a strip of tape to keep letters even. Of course, if you have a single stencil that includes your verse or message, it's not as much of a challenge to keep the lettering straight. However, to stencil one letter at a time like I did here, it really simplifies the process. As with my DIY conversation hearts, I prefer working with a white pencil over chalk. 


how to stencil a chalkboard


Notice the lettering includes different sizes and fonts. 


how to stencil a chalkboard
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Because the scripture was stenciled letter by letter as opposed to a worded stencil, it took a little more time. However, I really love the idea of personalizing the chalkboard with a specific verse and while I created it to help cozy up my winter decor, it will be lovely during the spring too. 


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12 comments:

  1. Love it Cecilia ... anxious to give this one a try.
    Stay warm and enjoy this "warm" weather.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z.

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  2. Lovely, you can't beat Paul's letters to the early churches for the wisdom, can you? I am not familiar with that verse--so nice!

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  3. Wow, looks great! So the white pencil you use, is it a chalk pencil? Thanks!

    Cecilia

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  4. Very cool. I never would've thought to use a stencil. I love the look! Is the pencil permanent or chalk?

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  5. What a lovely project, Cecilia! Thank you for sharing with all of us. <3 Happily pinning to my Faith and Crafts to Make boards for you. Coming over from Life and Linda and the Dishing It and Digging It link party. :)

    Blessings to you,
    Barb :)

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  6. Now I understand how all your chalkboards look so great. Great tutorial.

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  7. WOW! This is awesome. I am pinning this. Thanks so much. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  8. Cute chalkboard! I literally just made a post last night about a large chalkboard I made and I lamented that I needed to figure out how to draw in chalk or get some stencils. Free hand isn't my thing, either! Pinning your post. Thanks for sharing. Off to find that chalkboard pencil.

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  9. Great post! I have not used a white pencil before. Can I get that at Hobby Lobby? Thanks for sharing at TFT. Pinning!

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  10. Oh that's great. Using a pencil instead of a big piece of chalk is so much better and the lettering looks lovely Cecilia

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  11. Nicely done! Thanks for sharing at Party in Your PJs!

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