Chalkboards are a great way to decorate, and it’s so easy to change them for different seasons, or a birthday or party.
I have several different boards around my house, and I’ve found that the easiest way to decorate them is to ‘cheat’. Find a cute design online, or design one yourself in Word or Publisher. Then, use Paint to print out the design in the right size for your chalkboard.
Once you have it printed and (if needed) taped together, cover the back of the paper in chalk, liberally.
Then place the paper where you want the design, right side up (chalk side down), and trace over it in pen. The point of the pen over the chalky paper will make an imprint of the design on the chalkboard. Then you can go back and go over it so that it’ll show up better.
Here you can see the difference between the final chalking (the top line) and the imprint:
With this method, I can use fonts and designs that are way too complicated for me to free hand.