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Easy Chalkboard Lettering Tutorial

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On Monday I shared with you my easy DIY decorative chalkboards, and today I’m going to show you something equally simple – how to do chalkboard lettering that looks so good people will think it was your major in college.

You don’t need one single artistic bone in your body – just this simple trick! Watch and see:

 These are the chalk markers I use (affiliate link): Bistro Chalk Markers

With this simple chalkboard lettering technique you can create anything. If you can print it, you can chalk it. Use it for signs, banners, posters, wall art – even chalkboard food labels!

And now for the your free chalkboard lettering stencils!  Use the printables below to recreate my “First Day of School” chalkboard signs.  The small sizes fit great on a 12×12″ chalkboard, and the larger sizes are for something a little bigger, like the 12×18″ chalkboard shown above.

These links will open a PDF document for you to print from your computer. These free printables are for personal use only. Please credit All Things G&D and link back to this post if you use them. Thank you!

First Day of School Headers

First Day Of Header – cursive
First Day Of Header – print

Small Chalkboard Lettering Stencils

4K-small
PreK- small
Kindergarten-small
1st Grade – small
2nd Grade – small
3rd Grade – small
4th Grade – small
5th Grade – small
6th Grade – small
7th Grade – small
8th Grade – small
9th Grade – small
10th Grade – small
11th Grade – small
12th Grade – small

Large Chalkboard Lettering Stencils

Pre – large
4 – large
K – large
Kindergarten – large
1st – Large
2nd – Large
3rd – Large
4th – Large
5th – Large
6th – Large
7th – Large
8th – Large
9th – Large
10th – Large
11th – Large
12th – Large
Grade – large

First-Day-of-School-Chalkboard-Lettering-Stencils

I hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you did, be sure to check out my DIY Gallery for even more great project ideas and how-to’s.  I’m looking forward to hearing about what you create now that you know how to do chalkboard lettering like a pro – please share in the comments!

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DIY Decorative Chalkboards

Kate starts 4K exactly two weeks from today, and we’re getting in the back to school spirit with these DIY Decorative Chalkboards.  They’re perfect for “First Day of School” pictures, welcome signs for your favorite teacher’s classroom, or to hang in the homework area of your home.  And – unlike watching your only child start her first day of school (#sobchoke) – these are easy!

DIY Decorative Chalkboards - easier than your ABCs! | www.allthingsgd.com

DIY pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboard. | www.allthingsgd.com

DIY washi tape decorative chalkboard. | www.allthingsgd.com

For decorative chalkboards framed with #2 pencils, I used a plain 12×12″ chalkboard from JoAnn Fabrics, a package of pencils, wood glue, and a compound miter saw (optional*).

Simply apply wood glue to one side of a pencil and adhere to your frame!  I didn’t want the black #2 stamp showing for my frame, so that’s the side I glued down.  Press glued side of the pencil into the frame for a few seconds to secure and then move on to your next pencil.  Keep your project flat for at least an hour after all of your pencils have been applied to ensure that the pencils do not shift or slide while your project dries completely.

You're never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards! | www.allthingsgd.com

You’re never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards.

You're never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards! | www.allthingsgd.com

I wanted my pencil border to go all the way around the chalkboard frame, so I used a compound miter saw to trim my pencils when needed.  Glue your full-size pencils to the side of your frame first, starting at the corner.  Then line up your next pencil and make a mark where it needs to be cut.  I marked both pencils at the same time so their cut lines would be even.

You're never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards! | www.allthingsgd.com

*Don’t have a miter saw? You can make a version of this project without doing any cutting! Center full-sized pencils on each side of the frame for balanced look, or change it up and stagger them all the way around. You’ll end up with some of your original frame still showing, but still get that fun pencil look!

You're never too old for #2 pencils! Use them to make pencil-trimmed decorative chalkboards! | www.allthingsgd.com

For the taller chalkboard, I simply applied two different kinds of washi tape onto the frame:

DIY decorative chalkboard framed in washi tape. | www.allthingsgd.com

Easier than your ABCs!

In my next post I’ll share with you some tips for how to do perfect chalkboard lettering that looks so good people will think you majored in it in college.  Stay tuned!

Like this project? See more in my DIY Gallery!

DIY Decorative Chalkboards.  Perfect for "First Day of School" pictures, welcome signs for your favorite teacher's classroom, or to hang in the homework area of your home. | www.allthingsgd.com

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Kate: 3 Years, 8 Months

One night this month, Kate and I went upstairs for her usual bedtime routine.  Kate walked into the bathroom to start brushing her teeth while I walked down the hallway to grab her bath robe.  As I walked back toward the bathroom I saw her looking at her face in the mirror…and then she sniffed at the air and said:

“I smell potential!”

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Kate: 3 Years, 8 Months

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You Know You Drink Too Much Wine…

…when you go to refill your wine glass at the water and ice dispenser built into your fridge.

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Stitch Fix Review

My very first Stitch Fix! {review} | www.allthingsgd.com

I don’t know how Stitch Fix does it.

How is it possible that I can spend hundreds of hours of my life in fitting rooms trying to find a pair of jeans that fit great, and a total stranger - someone who’s never even seen me! – can do it based on my answers to a few online questions?

That’s what happened with my first Stitch Fix.

I signed up for Stitch Fix – an online personal shopping service – after seeing my friend Allison’s impressive first “fix.”  Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up online.
  2. Answer a variety of questions (height, weight, age, how much you like different parts of your body exposed, feedback on example outfits, your budget, etc.) to create your style profile.
  3. Pay a $20 stylist fee and receive 5 items in the mail, selected just for you.
  4. Keep and pay for what you like (your $20 stylist fee is applied as a discount toward whatever you decide to keep).  Send back the rest in the enclosed postage-paid packaging by dropping it in any mailbox – including the one in your front yard!
  5. Refer your friends and get credit toward future fixes!

 

Stitch Fix Review | www.allthingsgd.com

A screen shot from the Stitch Fix website.

I really hate shopping so Stitch Fix is a dream come true for this girl.  All five items in my first fix were things I wouldn’t have picked out for myself if I saw them hanging in a store, but I ended up loving four out of the five!  In addition to the clothing and accessories, you also receive a personal message from your Stitch Fix stylist, and a style card for each piece showing suggestions of what to wear it with.  Here are my cards from my first fix:

My very first Stitch Fix! Review, Stitch Fix style cards. | www.allthingsgd.com

My Stitch Fix style cards.

And here’s a look at two of my Stitch Fix keepers and how I wore them:

My very first Stitch Fix! {review} | www.allthingsgd.com

Top:  Daniel Rainn, via Stitch Fix
Jeans: Gap
Necklace: Bay to Baubles, via Stitch Fix
Bag: Kate Spade
Shoes: Banana Republic Outlet

This top is definitely not something I would have even tried on in the store, but I love it!  It’s loose and flowy, with a subtle white polka dot pattern (love me some polka dots) and smocked detailing across the back, at the front of the shoulders, and on the sleeve.  It’s interesting and just a little bit different.

Daniel Rainn smoked polka dot top via Stitch Fix | www.allthingsgd.com

I’ve always loved the look of these stacked bib necklaces, but every time I see one in person there’s something about it that isn’t quite right.  This one, however, is perfect.  Thank you, my Stitch Fix stylist!

I’ve already touted my love for this Kate Spade tote, so I won’t wax poetic over it again.  It’s the perfect punch of color.

My very first Stitch Fix! {review} | www.allthingsgd.com

Platform wedges from Banana Republic Outlet | www.allthingsgd.com

My very first Stitch Fix! {review} | www.allthingsgd.com

My favorite things about Stitch Fix?

  • I don’t have to leave my house or fight crowds at the mall.
  • I get to try out unique pieces that I likely wouldn’t find on my own.
  • I set my budget and tell them how much I’m willing to spend.
  • Whatever I don’t like I can easily mail back from my mailbox.
  • Shipping is FREE both ways.

Stitch Fix has a fantastic referral program where you can earn $25 toward a future fix when someone signs up using your link, so if you’d like to give Stitch Fix a try, I’d love for you to use my referral link to sign up!  (My closet and I are eternally grateful!)  Please let me know what you think of your fixes when they arrive – I cant wait to hear about them!

My very first Stitch Fix! {review} | www.allthingsgd.com

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Kate: 3 Years, 7 Months

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Kate: 3 Years, 7 Months

Kate has decided she’s a hunter. We’re not sure where she came up with this (no one in our family hunts) but if you ask her what she’d like to do she’ll reply, “Let’s go hunting!”

In Kate’s world “hunting” means going for a walk and scavenging for treasures such as acorns, flowers, and butterflies.  No permit required, and we do it on the daily.

Another one of Kate’s loves is morning snuggles.  Lately, when she wakes up in the morning she’ll come into our room, crawl into bed with us, and we snuggle as long as we can before needing to start our day.  It’s my favorite!

Another favorite of mine?  Kate says “very” instead “really” – a grammar error I find way too cute to correct.  For example, she’ll say, “I very love you, Mom.”  Or, “I very want to go hunting!”

I very love it.

Kate’s love of books continues and she is starting to focus on recognizing certain words.  So far she can identify the following words by sight:

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Mommy
Daddy
Sun
Frog
Cake
Hen
Hat
Stop
In
On
Off

Ever have one of those moments when you look at your child and the simple sight of them takes your breath away?  I get caught in these every so often, this month included.  I looked over at Kate one day and felt so overwhelmed with joy and pride and wonder that she is mine.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of her as I studied every detail of her face – her eyes, her cheeks, the curve of her upper lip which matches her Daddy’s, her delicate eyelashes as she blinks… “She is so beautiful,” I thought with amazement.

Kate looked over and caught me staring at her, but didn’t say anything.  She just stared back at me with a beautiful look of innocence, and I knew we were sharing one of those special mother/daughter moments.  “I love you SO MUCH!” I thought as I looked at her, certain she could feel the love radiating from me as I committed every feature of her three-year-old face to my memory.  We sat there, staring at each other and basking in our bond, until Kate broke the silence:

“Are you looking to see if my face is dirty?”

 

Kate's Monthly Posts | www.allthingsgd.com

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Dyson DC59 Motorhead Winner & SALE

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Giveaway on All Things G&D last week!  The winner of their very own Dyson DC59 Motorhead is:

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Congratulations Abby Lamont!  Please check your email for information on how to claim your prize.

With over 1,000 entries it’s clear that many of you need this in your home, and it’s easy to see why!  Dogs, cats, kids, messes, allergies, lots of stairs – it sounds like the Dyson DC59 Motorhead is the perfect solution for many of you, and TODAY ONLY it’s on sale for $100 OFF!

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum SALE - $100 off TODAY ONLY!

Dyson has teamed up with QVC to offer the Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum as QVC® Today’s Special Value®!  Today ONLY (August 10th) you can purchase the Dyson DC59 Motorhead for an exceptional value of $100 off MSRP!

Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum – QVC® Today’s Special Value®

  • Price: $449.99
  • Includes Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum with docking station and charger, combination tool, flexi-crevice tool, mini motorized head, soft dusting brush, articulating hard-floor tool, crevice tool, and wide nozzle tool.
  • Available in red (currently a QVC exclusive color) and fuchsia.

To refresh your memory, here’s a look at how easy and versatile this little powerhouse is:

This special price is available TODAY ONLY!  Visit QVC for more details and to make cords, heavy vacuums, and messes a thing of the past!

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