Remember the Christmas Chalkboard Art I showed you while sharing Tips for Decorating with Garlands and Wreaths? Some of you asked how I did that. Good question since my handwriting is barely legible and certainly not pretty.
As a reminder, here is how the artwork on the mantel looks without Christmas-ification.
And here it is with the chalkboard overlay.
So, how does someone with absolutely no artistic ability create a chalkboard with fancy lettering? For this project, I used a combination of PicMonkey and LibreOffice, both free to use. I designed the words in PicMonkey, then inserted the image into LibreOffice’s writer program and resized it for the frame. Here is the resulting graphic. Just ignore that weird little squiggle in the “e.” It was part of the swirl graphic that I added to the end. Or just leave off the entire swirl. Click on the graphic, then right click to save to your computer.
For the size I needed, it printed out on multiple pages. I taped the pages together, then used white graphite paper to trace the design onto black corrugated poster board. You can find 16 x 20 inch poster board at the dollar store. If you need something bigger, Amazon has 22 x 28 inch board, but as far as I can tell, it only comes in packs of 25. I used two of the dollar store boards, did a little adjusting, cutting, and taping together.
After tracing, use a chalk marker to color in the design. Use double-sided tape to stick the poster board to the glass in your existing picture. Use a wreath for the “O” and voila! Christmas chalkboard art without removing existing artwork.
I don’t like to remove much of my year-round décor to decorate for the holidays. Just lazy, I guess, but it certainly cuts down on stress. And we all need less stress in our lives, right? What tricks do you have for incorporating existing artwork or décor into your Christmas decorating?
NOTE: I included Amazon affiliate links to some of the items I used for this project.