DIY Fall Chalkboard Art

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I’m getting back to crafting, I promise, but first I just have to say a humungous “THANK YOU!!” for the amazing outpouring of encouragement and support I received after sharing my story on Wednesday. I absolutely cherish every one of your sweet comments and have been so totally overwhelmed and blown away that I feel like I can’t even come up with adequate words to express my gratitude– for sharing your own stories, for your prayers, for your words of wisdom, just everything. I feel so blessed to have many wonderful friends supporting me. Thank you all so incredibly much! <3

And now back to your regularly scheduled program… 😉

On Monday I revealed my glam fall shelf decor and talked about how to get a high end look for less. Part of that look was my DIY Fall Chalkboard Art! I had seen and admired many, many chalkboard projects around blogland in the past, but until this week, I had never attempted one myself. Since I wanted to make sure I did this chalkboard thing right, I contacted my friends at DecoArt, and they sent me two complimentary bottles of their fantastic Americana Gloss Enamels Glass Chalkboard Paint. I couldn’t wait to get started!

Armed with my paint, I gathered up all of the other supplies I would need to complete this project:

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

1. Picture frame (I got mine for $3 at Walmart!)

2. Glass chalkboard paint and cosmetic sponge

3. Chalk

4. Spray paint and ribbon (optional)

5. Design for chalkboard, printed on cardstock

Step 1- Spray Paint Frame (if desired)

I didn’t want to use a black frame with a black chalkboard, so I gave my frame a few quick coats of white spray paint. If your frame is already your desired color, obviously you can skip this step.

Step 2- Apply Chalkboard Paint

Next I used a cosmetic sponge to dab chalkboard paint onto the glass. {At this point I’m thinking, “This is so simple! How had I not tried this yet?!”}

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Once I had the whole thing covered, I let it dry and then applied second coat just to be safe.

Step 3- Wait, then Bake

According to the directions on the bottle, I was supposed to let it dry for four days before I baked it, but you’re talking to the most impatient girl in the world here! I let it dry for 24 hours and then popped it into the oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I followed the instructions and let it cool with the oven door open, so I did listen a little bit…

Step 4- Condition the Surface

To get my newly painted chalkboard ready for my b00000-ti-ful chalk art, I first “conditioned” it, which is just a fancy way of saying that I rubbed chalk over the entire thing.

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I then wiped it off, and I was ready for some art!

Step 5- Use the Chalk Transfer Method to Create an Outline of the Art

I first talked about this method in my monogrammed onesies tutorial, but it worked really well for the chalkboard, too. I printed out the design I wanted on card stock. Then I held it up to the window and on the back side, I traced the design with chalk, pressing down firmly.

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I then placed my design face up on top of my chalkboard surface and firmly outlined the front of my design in pencil…

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

…transferring the chalk onto the chalkboard surface!

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I could just color in the lines and I had my completed design! Want your own “Fall in Love” print? {For personal use only please.}

Fall in Love Print by Just a Girl and Her Blog

{Click here for FREE printable!}

Step 6- Put It All Together

After I had my chalk art all filled in, I popped it into my freshly painted frame, added a cute little ribbon, and it was ready to display!

DIY Fall Chalkboard Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Love! After seeing how simple and beautiful this chalkboard project was, I am ready for a lot more chalkboard paint in my future! My mind is already swirling with ideas on how to use it next!

Have you done any fun chalkboard projects lately?

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**DecoArt provided the chalkboard paint for this project, but I received no additional compensation from them. And, of course, all opinions are my own! For more information, see my disclosures here.**

38 Comments

  1. Okay… now I think I can do that! I’ve been a little scared of the chalkboard but you made it look easy. 😉

    Thank you for opening up about your family’s history of breast cancer and sharing your story. So many of us have been touched by cancer. Your bravery and faith will touch so many.

    xoxo,
    Ashley

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You can totally do it, Ashley! I was intimidated too, but it was seriously easy peasy!

      Thanks so much for your sweet words. They really mean a lot! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Kim Hainline says:

    This is really cute! I wondered how people do the fancy art on chalkboards!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Kim! This was my first time trying, but I think I’m addicted! Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  3. wanted to know where you got the printable for the fall project fall in love with the leaf is there a site I should go to ?thanks

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I actually just whipped it up on picmonkey! I’ve added it to the post so you can download it if you want! Have a wonderful weekend, Mary!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Laura@JourneyChic says:

    Super cute idea – and it can be used for a to-do list in your kitchen, too! Thanks for sharing how you made the pretty letters – at first I thought you just had spectacular handwriting skills. 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Oh how I wish I could write that well freehand! Nope, I cheat! 😉 I love the to-do list idea! Brilliant! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Laura!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Carrie From Carrie This Home says:

    First off, I had to go check out your story and I was blown away. I love the attitude God has given you through the whole situation. Yes we do serve a God who doesn’t make mistakes and He can turn this into something good. Thank you for sharing such a personal event.
    I love anything chalkboard and this turned out so cute! I’m visiting from Share Your Creativity (#9 and 10)

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, Carrie! They really mean a lot! God is so good. Hope you’re having a wonderful week, friend!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Patricia Krank says:

    Thanks for this printable Abby. I’m going back to read your story now!
    Blessings,
    Patti

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much for reading, Patti! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Krista @ the happy housie says:

    Um, glass chalkboard paint?!? Seriously! Wow! A whole new world has opened up to me! I love your chalkboard art- so cute!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, friend! I can’t believe it took me this long to attempt a chalkboard project– love the stuff! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    Hi Abby, I just found your blog through Let’s Get Social Sunday. I’ve just spent the past half hour reading through your posts. You have a beautiful family and love all your projects. I’m looking forward to following 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Ashley! I’m so glad you popped over! Heading over to your blog to check it out now! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  9. Jessi @ Practically Functional says:

    Love this, so cute! Pinning this, and thanks so much for sharing it at my link party!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Jessi! And thanks again for hosting another great party! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Love this idea and I’m totally impatient as well – not sure I could even wait the 24 hours you did. Stopin’ by from Monday Funday.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Glad I’m not the only one! 😉 So happy you popped over, Kendra! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  11. WOW, I love this project and your chalk transfer method is genius

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Marilyn! I’m too cheap to buy a silhouette, so chalk transfer it is, lol! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  12. I see you are a huge fan of black and I totally agree being patient is such a HARD thing! XD Love the super simple and easy project. The shelf looks great!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I am! And I’m glad that I’m not the only one who struggles in the patience department, lol! Thanks so much for stopping by, Javeiya!

      ~Abby =)

  13. Shannah @ Just Us Four says:

    This is so cute! I love it. I really need to practice my chalk writing and tracing for sure. Mine always looks like my 6 year old did it 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! It can be tricky for sure! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, Shannah! (Beautiful name, btw!)

      ~Abby =)

  14. DesignedByBH says:

    Very cute! And I like the way you did the transfer! 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you! That’s what I call the “I’m to cheap to buy a Silhouette so I have to figure out a creative shortcut to avoid spending money” method, lol! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  15. Love your technique, it looks great. Thanks for sharing the printable.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Sarah! I can’t believe I waited this long to try it! I may be painting chalkboard paint on everything now, lol! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  16. ingrid@now at home mom says:

    oh! I love this a lot Abby, just learned something new today! 🙂 it’s really nice and glad you are ‘chalkboarding’ now ha!ha! (just invented that word) 😉

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Love your made up word! I’m using that one some time! 😉

      ~Abby =)

  17. You’ve been featured from Give Me The Goods!
    Hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you SO much, Jamie! You totally made my day!! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

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