By now I hope you’re all completely immersed in the holiday spirit! I’ve been enjoying spending some time getting my home all decked out for the holidays. I especially love when I can include some handmade touches in my décor, which leads me to a project I wanted to share with you today!
My mom owns a little shop filled with cute vintage items and I stopped by one day last week just to chat. While I was snooping around her shop, I found an awesome vintage chalkboard hanging on the wall. If you visit my blog, you might have seen this recent post about my love of chalkboard art, and my attempt at recreating the look with stamps. I even have an entire Pinterest album dedicated to inspiring chalkboard art, which you can see here.
So, needless to say, the chalkboard caught my eye, but I managed to leave it there, not quite sure what I would do with it. The next day I was filling the hutch in my dining room with holiday décor and inspiration hit! I called my mom and sure enough, the chalkboard would fit perfectly inside my hutch.
Now the challenge was to come up with a way to add some lettering. I am by no means an artist, so I knew freehanding it wasn’t an option. I decided to use my Cricut to cut some lettering out of white vinyl. It worked perfectly!
After cutting and adhering the lettering to the chalkboard, I took some chalk and added a few freehand details. I made the letters look 3-dimensional. I used to doodle this way in my notebooks all the time when I was a kid in school, didn’t you? It’s really easy to do and added just enough to make the lettering look a little more authentic. I also used a ruler to draw some lines and borders around the outside edges.
And do you want to hear the best part? The vinyl is removable, so I can change it for the seasons! I’m already planning what I’m going to do next. I think it’s a piece I’m going to enjoy using for a long time.
If you’d like to give this a try yourself, vintage chalkboards might not be that easy to come by, but new chalkboards are readily available in lots of different sizes. Or you could even try painting a board with chalkboard paint!
Have you created any special handmade pieces to add to your holiday décor this year? I’d love to hear about them. Tell me or even feel free to share a link here in the comments. I’ll choose one winner to take home a copy of the newest Holiday Cards & More, which will provide you with tons of inspiration for adding those handmade touches to your décor!
Just leave a comment by Friday, December 14th at 5 pm MST.
In the holiday spirit,
Betsy Veldman, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal