I am thrilled that it is the holiday season once again. A little Christmas decor around the house helps to brighten those short days and long, cold nights. You may have caught a glimpse of the above picture in my post Old Things New Holiday Cottage Open House. It was another fun and simple project that cost very little money to create with a $5.00 thrift store frame, some leftover spray paint, chalkboard paint, paint pens and white chalk. I’m passing on the fun here with a Christmas Chalkboard Sign Tutorial.
I began by painting my thrift store frame with some leftover cranberry red spray paint. The frame was originally gold so I sanded back a bit after painting to allow the “glow” to come through. Next I painted over the original picture with 3 coats of purchased chalkboard paint. Then I chose my fonts (I’ll share those in a moment), printed them onto paper and used the typography transfer method I’ve used so often and find to be easier (and cheaper) than trying to figure out one of the fancy machines you see all over blogland (yes, I tried one and my brain just wasn’t mathematical enough to figure it out). You’ll find my complete tutorial for that process right HERE.
I didn’t want an erasable chalkboard but a sign that could be used every Christmas so I used white paint pens that I purchased from Michael’s to fill in the letters. There were several brands available. I chose the cheapest pens and they worked just great! So here are the fun and free fonts I used to make my sign (all but one of them were already a part of my comuter’s word processing program).
For the word “HAVE” I used the font Lucida Calligraphy, font size 175.
“YOURSELF” was a free font from Dafont.com called Kingthings Christmas, font size 175.
Complete download instructions can be found on their home page or HERE on my Pottery Barn “Jingle” Pillow Tutorial post.
The little word “a” was a font called Cataneo BT, font size 250.
After lettering my sign I found some snowflakes in the clip art section of my word processing program, blew them up and used the same transfer method I used above to trace them onto my picture. Finally, the paint pens can look like what they are, paint pens. Imagine that! I really wanted this to look like it was lettered with chalk so I took a piece of white chalk and quickly filled in a bit over the painted letters.
After our Open House this picture went home with one of my favorite ladies in the world. It makes me happy to think that something I had such fun creating is now gracing her lovely home.
Blessings to all of you this Christmas season,