Easy Holiday Chalk Art (with Chalk Pens)

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Add a little festive to your decor this season with this holiday chalk art!

This post was updated Dec/2020

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Hi and happy Sunday Friends!!

Today I am sharing part of my very thrifty, DIY Christmas decor with you…

Easy Holiday Chalk Art with Chalk Pens

I picked up this old metal tray from the thrift store a few years ago and made it into a chalkboard.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, in the color Graphite, to create this chalkboard and the other one I’m going to show you today.

This one has really held up great!

I used it as a fun message board in my kitchen originally, then it was used at Christmas to write holiday messages on.
This will be the third year I’ve done that.

And this is what it looks like this year…

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Last year’s message was still on it when I pulled it out this year to decorate.

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I created the graphic you see on the left on my computer.

Pretty simple. 

I just chose the fonts I liked and arranged them from smallest to largest. (I think I was subconsciously making it into a Christmas tree but didn’t realize it at the time!)

To transfer the lettering onto the chalkboard, I used yellow chalk (I ran out of white).
(rub the back of the printed out lettering with chalk)

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Want to see more ways I transfer graphics?? Check out this post, here.

Then I aligned it where I wanted, taped it down, and started tracing the letters with a pencil.

Like so…

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Easy.

I did the wording a bit high on the tray because I am using it in a basket that will have the bottom half mostly hidden.

Then I painted it in with the Chalk Pen.

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You can see in the photo above I decided to add a base to my apparent Christmas Tree. ;)

I drew it in with the tiny piece of white chalk.

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..and then went over it with the paint pen to darken it up.

Done!!! 

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The “naughty list” sign post can be found, here.

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I’ve used it in quite a few places over the years now.

And for the second holiday chalk art project, I did the same thing.

EASY Holiday Chalk Art with Chalk Pens - Before Santa Text - #chalkart #chalkboard #chalkpen #holidays artsychicksrule.com

I created the graphic and printed it out to size.
Then transferred just the same way as I explained above.

Be Good…or I’ll Text Santa“….love that! Isn’t it the cutest saying?

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Paint it in….and you are done.

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Well almost…I decided to rub a little white chalk over the whole thing to “chalk” it up a bit.

See the difference???

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I like it better “chalked” up, don’t you?

But I wasn’t loving the color I painted the frame years ago. (it’s a thrifty frame too…it used to be a mirror until it fell one day in the shop and broke…so I turned it into a chalkboard.)
The color is Old Ochre Chalk Paint, I believe. Great color, just not the right color for this frame/chalkboard now.

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So I painted it with the same pale teal that I mixed up and used on this Teal & Red Carved Desk I painted recently.

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YESSSS…much better.

And I sealed it with this fab “pearly” spray paint I used on this “Holiday Framed Ornament Wreath“.

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Can you see it?? I just love this stuff. :) Pearly prettiness.

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And in photos of a few different years in my holiday decor.

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So…two really quick, easy projects for the holidays.

Holiday chalk art made simple with the help of chalk pens. 

Pin it to save it!

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Give it a go!
It’s a great last-minute holiday addition to your decor.

xo

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22 Comments

  1. These look great! I love chalk boards and i have a chalk pen but it doesn’t rub off so I have ruined my little chalk signs :( Does this pen rub off easily? I didn’t realise Annie Sloan could be used as the chalk board I may have to paint over my little signs in graphite if that works?! X

    1. Hi Jacqueline,

      Thanks! Yes, this pen has been great for me. It might be the underneath paint you are using?
      And yes, I love the Graphite for chalkboards!

      Nancy

  2. Love them, Nancy! And I love chalk pens… I used them a lot for Katie’s wedding last year.

    I can’t wait for your home tour! xo

    1. Hi Maria,

      I have the paid version of Picmonkey so am able to use some fonts I have or have downloaded to my computer.
      The fonts are:
      Simpson
      Rochester
      Janda Stylish Script
      Foglihten No 07
      Curlz MT
      Hope that helps!
      Nancy

  3. I just painted the side of a built in bookshelf hubby built for me in the dining room, with ASCP Graphite. I used several coats with a roller to keep it as smooth as possible as I want to use it for a chalkboard. I want to use the chalk pens, but since I’ve read they don’t just wipe off, how would I clean my “board” so I don’t ruin it? Thanks much, and I love your projects!

    1. Hi Jodie,
      Hmm, I haven’t had trouble with this particular chalk paint pen coming off. I wipe it away with a wet towel, re”prime” the board (rub regular chalk all over and wipe away) and start again.
      Try a wet paper towel and see how that works.
      Thanks so much for the kind words too! :)
      Nancy

  4. That’s a fun idea! I spotted a cute sign in one of your pictures “it’s all fun and games…” what a hoot! That would have been perfect when the kids were at home. I may make one like that for my daughter-in-law. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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