Get Your Inner Chalk Artist On The Easy Way!

Are you like me and admire the amazing chalk art displays at your local coffee shop? I wish I was that talented! But there is a way to get your inner chalk artist on the easy way that will take your chalkboard game from amateur to pro. No artistic skills required! It's easy and I'm going to demonstrate how with these cute mini pedestal chalkboard signs for fall.

How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!

How To Draw Chalk Art Like A Pro

I've had these dollar store pedestal chalkboards in my stash for over four years, leftover from my daughter's wedding. The nice thing about these little chalkboards is that you have the option to add height when you need it or detach the wooden pedestal base to turn them into small signs for your fall vignettes.

How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!

I love adding festive touches to our kitchen chalkboard wall for the seasons but if I freehanded the artwork, well it wouldn't look so purdy. So if you're like me and lack the artistic talent to make it look like it wasn't drawn by a child, we're going to fake it 'til we make it!

How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!

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Let's Get Our Inner Chalk Artist On

The trick for making our chalk art look like a pro is with PicMonkey. They have a free version available to try out and a paid version that gives you access to more powerful design tools. I create ALL the graphics you see on the blog in PicMonkey. In fact, I edit my blog post photos there too!

By the way, this isn't a sponsored post, I'm just sharing the love and hopefully the inspiration for you to up your chalk art game.

The first thing we need is to create a simple graphic that will require little artistic skill to recreate. The PicMonkey dashboard is very user friendly and it's so easy to create beautiful graphics with their templates. Here are screenshots of the three graphics I made for my mini fall chalkboards.





How To Create Graphics In PicMonkey

  1. Open PicMonkeyand scroll down to the bottom to Collage Layouts And Blank Canvases.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom to Print Sizes and select the size you want - I selected 6 x 4 in for my graphic.
  3. On the left sidebar press the Graphics tab and scroll through the large selection of graphics that are available. You can select theSeasonalmenu like I did or type "pumpkins" in the search bar for example.
  4. Drag and drop the design elements into your canvas. Change the size by dragging your mouse on the corners.
  5. You have the option to remove the color from the graphics or leave them in. For this project, I chose to remove the color to save on printer ink.
  6. Press the Text tab and you'll see readymade options on the left sidebar or type your own and edit the font, size, and color to your liking.
  7. Once you are happy with your graphic design, press the Download tab at the top and save it to your computer.
  8. In your printer settings set the orientation to landscape and the paper size to 4 x 6 before printing the graphic.

If you'd like to use any of my graphics, press the links below for your FREE unwatermarked downloads.

How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!


How To Transfer Graphics Onto A Chalkboard

Now that you have your graphics printed, you'll want to separate the chalkboard from the base.
  1. You'll need a box of colored chalkunless you're doing white chalk art, preferably dustless chalk.
  2. Tape the graphic onto a window with the print side facing outside so you can see the graphic.
  3. Rub the colored chalk over the graphic with each respective color.
  4. Tape the chalk side of the graphic onto the mini chalkboard.
  5. Pressing firmly, trace over the graphic with a pencil so the chalk on the back transfers onto the chalkboard.
How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!

Color Option 1

Once you have the graphic traced remove the paper and use a chalk sharpener to get a fine point on the sticks of colored chalk. Go over the graphic again with each color. If you didn't use dustless chalk, blow on the chalkboard to remove the chalk dust.

How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!

Color Option 2

My preference is to use chalk pens because unlike chalk, it won't rub off. Plus it just gives the chalk art a more professional finish. The chalk art can easily be removed later with a damp cloth.

How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!

Now that we have the chalkboards finished, time to make the pedestal bases look dressed up for fall.

How To Upcycle Dollar Store Chalkboard Signs For Fall

First I painted the stands in traditional fall color with orange paint that I had on hand.

How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!

Then I aged them by rubbing dark wax with a lint-free shop rag and wiping off the excess. Attach the mini chalkboards to the base and tie some natural raffia ribbon around it. Now they're ready to have fun decorating with them.

How to upcycle dollar store mini pedestal chalkboards for Fall budget decorating plus how to create chalk art on the mini chalkboards like a pro!

I hope this helped you get your inner chalk artist on! If you have any questions about this chalk art tutorial, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

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If you enjoyed this mini chalkboard idea, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your DIY Fall Ideas or Chalkboard Typography board on Pinterest.


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    1. Thank you Virginia, a fun little project for fall vignettes!

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  2. Omg, this is brilliant Marie! I love your little signs you made!!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Tania, I'm glad to finally put these little chalkboards from my daughter's wedding to good use. I still have a bunch more - Christmas. LOL

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  3. This is really cool, Marie! And I learned something new on how to use PicMonkey, too! Thanks! I have a love-hate relationship with PicMonkey! I am a subscriber to the site but can't seem to use it fully. Every time I think of ways on how I want to use it, I end up being disappointed in not knowing how or being limited as to what I can do.

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    1. Really! and I'm the opposite, constantly seeing more ways I can use it to its fullest capacity. If you ever need help with something, don't hesitate to ask and hopefully I can walk you through. They also have video tutorials which I find helpful, have you checked any of those out?

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  4. So cool! I've never used PicMonkey but it looks fun! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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    1. I LOVE PicMonkey, Sara, and as a matter of fact I'm working in it right now for our upcoming Int'l Bloggers Club challenge on Monday.

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  5. Your crafts are so cute, and after seeing them and hearing what else you make on your Cricut, I've decided to ask my husband for one for Christmas. :-) Thanks for sharing at the Sundays on Silverado Link Party, Marie.

    -Niky @ The House on Silverado

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    1. You will LOVE it Niky! I asked Santa for one every year for three years. Must've been on the naughty list. I was thrilled when he (well my kids) finally fulfilled my wish (he got me the Cricut Heat Press). LOL Finger's crossed you get one!

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  7. Omg !! Marie, I've been for searching for such a tutorial - I hope to use this technique. Thank you so much for sharing at Meraki Link Party.
    Naush

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    1. So glad you found this tutorial helpful, Naush, and have fun getting your inner chalk artist on! It's especially fun during the holidays.

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  8. Super cute Marie! I use the same transfer method when I want an really neat design! Thank you for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! When I learned this transfer method a few years ago I was so excited to finally have professional looking chalk art on the chalkboards around our house.

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