Chalkboard Lettering the Easy Way

I really loved our kitchen chalkboard at the Bungalow. Our dining room chalkboard wall is pretty cool at this house too! It’s huge and perfect for notes and favorite sayings.

There’s a quote that I love for fall…

I thought it would be perfect to display for the fall and Thanksgiving season. But I don’t have any fancy vinyl equipment. I’d love a Silhouette or a Cricut. But I don’t have one – yet.

So what’s a girl to do? Get creative that’s what!


  • computer
  • paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • painters tape
  • chalk marker


Step 1. Create your artwork on the computer. You can even use Microsoft Word if that’s all you’ve got. I chose a fall quote by Albert Camus that says, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”. Love that! I used Freebooter Script for my font.

Step 2. Trace the script right off the computer screen! Really. Make sure you’ve eyeballed it to the right size for your project space but you can always scroll across for each word when tracing.

Step 3. Roughly cut around each of your words.

Step 4. Scribble on the back of each word. Use pencil for most surfaces. BUT for the chalkboard use chalk…I learned this the hard way. Pencil doesn’t show up so well on a chalkboard!

Step 5. Tape your words to your surface with painters tape. Step back to make sure it’s all level and even-like.

Step 6. Trace around each letter carefully with a pencil. This will cause the pencil {or chalk} on the back to leave an outline on your surface. Cool, huh?

Step 7.  If necessary, fill in your letters.

And that’s a wrap! Didn’t I tell you it was easy-peasy?!

What do you think? Do you have a chalkboard you could dress up? Could you create some artwork? I bet it would make a beautiful canvas too!

It’s super simple – promise! Leave a comment there or come back and let me know how you like it, k? You know I crave your comments!

*This project is by me and originally published on Everything Mom.

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    Oh the things I could do with your brain. Such awesome ingenuity! I don’t own a fancy type vinyl machine so this tute is just what I needed. It’s officially now pinned. Thanks! ♥

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    Awesome tutorial! This is why I love visiting your blog. I too would like a Cricut or Silhouette but they are definitely not in the budget right now. Besides, you’ve just proven that you don’t always need the fancy tools to create something special. I guess I should get off the computer and paint me a chalkboard somewhere in the house so I can try out your lettering method;-)

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    What a beautiful project … and I can’t tell you how much I love that quote. Haven’t heard that one before. I’ll be saving this link for my decorating next fall. Thanks for the inspiration! Love your blog!