June 19, 2016

DIY Farmhouse Chalk Lettering {Happy Daddy Day!!}

Happy Daddy Day to all those fabulous Daddy's out there!!
I am especially grateful for the "daddy's" in my life! I am extremely blessed with a loving hardworking hubby, the best dad any girl could ask for and an amazing father in law!!
Now that all that lovin' is out of the way, let's move on to a super simple way to add a little farmhouse flare to your chalkboards! 
I'm sure you all have seen those adorable small paddle chalkboards, I recently purchased mine from Antique Farm House and couldn't wait to write cute sayings on them! Then when they arrived and I started writing on them, I wasn't really loving how my handwriting looked on them and then an idea popped into my head... The other day my kids were playing with their Melissa and Doug stamp set and I thought what a great temple they would make for chalk lettering!


So I decided to borrow my kid's stamp set and get to work on creating my own chalk lettering.


The Melissa and Doug stamp set was exactly what I needed to create that farmhouse lettering style I was looking for. This set was brand new and barely used, so if you try this with your own stamp set, just make sure to clean your stamps with proper stamp cleaner. You can find it at Michael's or any craft store. It comes in handy when you have stamp ink all over the place!


Let's get started creating fun farmhouse lettering!

Supplies:

1. Chalk

2. Small paddle chalkboard or any small chalkboard of your choice. 

3. A stamp set. I used this one from Melissa and Doug, but any stamp set will due. You just want to be sure the size of your stamps works with the size of your chalkboard! 

4. A pencil sharpener. You can thank me later! 

5. A small ruler or piece of paper. This is optional, but I like to be sure my letters line up correctly.


Creating your farmhouse lettering:

1. Be sure you chalkboard has been "seasoned". If your not sure just rub a stick of chalk over your chalkboard and let it sit for a few hours (a day or two is best) and then wipe off. This steps prevents and writing or marks to remain on your chalkboard after you have wiped the chalk off. 

2. Be sure your stamps are completely clean and dry! 

3. Once your stamp is nice and dry sharpen your stick of chalk until it looks like a pencil. Once it's good and sharp figure out the saying or words of choice and color the stamp using your chalk. This will act like the "ink" if you will for your stamp!

4. Once you have colored the stamp with your chalk firmly press the stamp on to your chalkboard exactly where you want it. This is the part where your ruler and Q-tip comes in handy! If you make a mistake, just wet the Q-tip or use your baby wipes to make your corrections!


5. Once you've "stamped" all you letters to create the saying, just sharpen your chalk again and go over the letters so they stick out more and look as if you actually wrote them!! Cool right??


The sharper your chalk the easier it is to work with!


This is a super simple way to add farmhouse charm to any room in your home!
Chalkboards are my favorite! It's so much fun to be able to create anything you like and then just erase it and start over when you get bored!! 


The possibilties are endless!!! 
Happy lettering!!

*You saw this post first on Gracie Blue ~ the blog*


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