Thanksgiving is coming up fast, and I’m starting to do a little decorating.
I enjoy making my own decorations, and my first project was this DIY Thanksgiving chalkboard art. It was so fun to create, and I’m sharing a step-by-step tutorial so you can make one, too!
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I love anything chalkboard related, and I had a piece of chalkboard leftover from my rustic glam holiday dining room. My apartment is lacking in anything Thanksgiving related, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to create some fun DIY Thanksgiving chalkboard art.
The quote I found couldn’t be more perfect: “Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” It’s attributed to the Hausa of Nigeria, which is one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa.
Workman Publishing recently sent me a copy of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style. It’s a really cool book, and I highly recommend it if you want to improve your chalkboard writing skills. The author Valerie McKeehan really makes the techniques accessible and fun.
I learned a lot and decided to put my newly found skills to work!
- utility knife
- drill with 3/8-inch bit
- regular chalk
- white chalk marker
- gold chalk marker
- gold ribbon
I started by sketching a design to determine how I wanted to lay out the quote. This was my third version, and if you compare it to the final design you’ll see I made even more changes.
The next thing I did was prepare the chalkboard. I had a piece of chalkboard leftover from the Happy Holidays art I created for my rustic glam holiday dining room, so I decided to use it for this.
The chalkboard came in a huge sheet from Home Depot. If you’re looking for a photo backdrop or inexpensive chalkboard (less than $10), I highly recommend it. It’s made from layers of paper, and I trimmed it down to 19.5 x 24-inches using a ruler and utility knife.
After treating the chalkboard, I used a piece of chalk to roughly lay out the design on the board. It doesn’t have to be perfect at this point. Just draw in all the important areas and make sure the words and design elements are laid out where you want it.
Once you’ve gone over everything with the chalk markers, use a paper towel to wipe off any of the traditional chalk that’s still showing. Make sure to let the chalk markers dry before doing this, or you will have a big mess!
Finally, go back in and add all the details to your design. I went over the letters to thicken the lines, added extra details to the words “THANKS” and “A LOT”, added flourishes, and added additional decorative details.
Take your time, and if you don’t like anything, simply go over it with a damp cloth to erase it.
The final step is attaching the ribbon to the chalkboard. Insert the ribbon from the back of the board, then tie a triple knot. Pull the knot tight, then trim the end off the ribbon. Repeat on the other side of the blackboard.
My favorite part about this DIY Thanksgiving chalkboard art is that since it’s not Thanksgiving specific, I can use it year round!