The Easiest Way to Create Chalkboard Artsponsored by Elmer\'s disclosure blockI absolutely adore hand lettered chalkboard art, but despite hours of practice, my handwriting skills are still not up to par with the looks I love. That is, until I discovered the world’s easiest way to fake it! Now you can make your own DIY faux chalkboard art the easy way!

Elmer's Green Chalkboard Foam Board

Supplies Used:

  • Elmer’s New Green Chalk Foam Board (also available in black)
  • Elmer’s White Painters Paint Markers in assorted tips
  • Overhead Projector
  • Transparency Sheets

Framed Green Chalkboard Foam BoardI started by cutting my chalk foam board to fit into an empty 16″ x 20″ frame that I had available. I removed the glass from the frame and inserted the green foam board in its place.

overhead projector demonstrated on woodNow, here’s the trick for creating easy peasy artwork – an overhead projector! I found mine on Craigslist for a steal, and we use it all the time for homeschool lessons, water bead play and now for chalk art.

Projecting Artwork to be TracedSimply print your artwork on to a transparency sheet, and set it up so that it projects the design on to the chalk foam board.

Various Thicknesses of Elmer's Painters MarkersElmer’s Painters come in several different tips, so select the ones that best fit the style of your art project. For this faux chalkboard art, I used ultra fine, fine, medium and chisel tipped Painters.

The Easy Way to DIY Hand Lettered Chalkboard ArtStart tracing! Stand to the side of your foam board so that your shadow doesn’t block the projection, and take it slowly. The idea is to take a font and make it look hand-lettered, so this task is very forgiving! If you think you’ve messed up, there’s a very good chance that you can go back and fix it by cleaning up your lines with fine or ultra fine tipped Painters once you’re done with the tracing.

easy diy faux chalkboard artEasy peasy! I feel like a whole new world of possibilities has opened up to me with this awesome trick, and since it’s made with chalk foam board and Painters instead of actual chalk, I can keep my artwork preserved for years to come!

Garden Quote - BlackIf you want to try your hand at lettering this design (or if you just want to hang it up as-is!), I’ve created a free printable for you to use (personal use only):



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  1. This is cool because I’m not an artist and I can’t even properly draw but doing this like tracing and all, makes me feel I’m awesome! I’ve always seen this in occasions as welcome signs and in coffee shop/cake shop as their menu in the counter.