I’m back from a whirlwind trip to Vancouver for Blog Podium and some visit time with friends. While I process all my notes and write a recap for you- I figured I’d get in the Halloween spirit a bit! Because… October is THIS week, friends! This DIY Trick or Treat Chalkboard is so simple, I can hardly call it a DIY. But I’ve thrown in a template for you to letter your own- so even if you have a different chalkboard you want to letter for halloween, you can snap up the template and get spooky with us.
I felt a bit foolish making it this early, but as soon as I hung it to take photos for you, my kiddos have been in love with their new ‘kitty’. So it’s staying up in our living room- I just can’t take it down and not see them give it kisses every day. Seriously- they’re the cutest with this thing! You could really letter whatever you like on there- I’ve spotted count down to Halloween boards (although I didn’t think I would remember to actually change the number of days) and some fun riddles.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Cat shaped hardboard cutout (craft section at dollar store)
- Chalkboard paint (Rustoleum makes this chalkboard spray paint that is SO quick to apply)
- Template if you wish (get it here)
Start by removing the twine or however your hardboard cutout is hung. Then get to painting! I just painted the one side of my chalkboard, but you could make it double sided if you like (and say flip it over to say ‘all out of candy!’). I used Rustoleum’s spray chalkboard paint and loved that I didn’t need to wash out a brush and it covered great! I think if I was doing a larger surface or if I wanted it to be a high use chalkboard (like a grocery list) I would have stuck to the classic chalkboard paint.
When it was dry, I pulled out the chalk and got to lettering. If you want to letter exactly as the template, just rub chalk all over the back of the template, then trace over the letters to transfer the markings. I didn’t do this- I just freehanded my lettering. Normally I would have used a chalk marker instead of regular old chalk, but I thought the faded lines of real chalk suited the spooky feel a bit better than sharp, clean lines.
There it is! I feel like this little chalkboard along with the wheat grass have helped transition my decor to fall a little bit. Have you been getting ready for Halloween yet? What would you put on your chalkboard?
Also- If you missed it on social media, I was over at Eighteen 25 sharing a spooky bugs in jars table setting today as well!