Easy DIY chalkboard welcome sign ideas to add to your home decor or display for a party.
Are you looking for a creative and easy way to welcome your guests with style? Look no further than these DIY welcome chalkboard ideas! With just a few simple supplies you can create a stunning and personalized sign for a fraction of buying one at a store.
This article will take you through the step-by-step process so that you can create a unique greeting for your guests, as well as provide tips on how to make the most of this project. In no time at all, you’ll have an eye-catching welcome chalk sign on display for all your visitors.
How to Use Welcome Chalkboard Signs
I love to use a chalkboard welcome sign for a few different things besides the front entry into my home!
- First day of school sign
- Holiday sayings
- Greeting for a wedding
- Decoration for a baby shower
- Welcome board at camp
- Sign for businesses
- Sayings for a themed party
- Chalkboard design and pictures
I designed this fun board for my cousin's wedding. A chalkboard easel sign is a great addition for a large event like this because it can stand up itself.
Chalkboard Welcome Sign Ideas
Here are several fun ideas for home decor chalkboard projects that you can use to make your own DIY chalkboard sign.
DIY Old Window Turned Chalkboard Sign
Take a look at this complete tutorial that shows you how to turn an old window into a fun sign.
What You Will Need
- Old window
- Chalkboard paint
- ¼ inch MDF
- White chalk
- Wood Lettering
Hold the window over a garbage can to finish breaking out the glass. Hit the glass with a hammer until it breaks. Protective eye covering and gloves are highly recommended for this part! When the glass is broken, clean out remaining glass along the edges.
Next, cut your MDF down to size. Measure the back side of your window from inside edge to inside edge to get your measurements.
Apply Chalkboard Paint
After your MDF is cut, pull out your black paint for the chalkboard background. I used this chalkboard spray paint. It took me two coats of chalkboard paint to fully cover the MDF.
Add MDF and Silicone
After your chalkboard paint is dried it is time to add the MDF to your window frame. Place it into the back of the window frame and run a bead of clear silicone all around the back edges to hold the MDF in place. You can buy the silicone here.
Apply a Layer of Chalk
Once the silicone is dry, use the side of your regular chalk and rub it all over your board. Doing this will make it so if you decide to write on it in the future, the chalk won't be embedded in your chalkboard paint.
After you have rubbed chalk all over your chalkboard it should look like this. Then take a damp cloth and wipe off the surface of the board and it is ready to be written on!
Don't have the best handwriting? You can also buy wood lettering in different fonts and attach it with hot glue! This is a great way to achieve the chalkboard look without the mess of chalk.
Vintage Frame Board
You can achieve the same look using frames from old pictures as well as windows. Use the same process as with the window frames, but instead you will use any picture frame. I found this vintage style frame with beautiful carvings. Look at that lovely detail!
I also used a fun chalkboard sign to welcome all of our youth for a summer girls camp. Apply a little bit of wood glue to your cutouts directly onto the chalk background. Check out more details here.
Mirror Turned Chalkboard Art
Wanting to try something a little different? You can also use an old mirror for your own chalkboard sign.
Painting over an old mirror with chalkboard paint can make a great backdrop for your custom message. You can switch out your message in seconds or keep the same phrase for months.
Plus, if you’re crafty, you can use stencils to easily paint lettering and other designs on the board. It’s a simple way to add a little extra something to any event or home décor.
First, tape off the mirror portion of your vintage mirror. Next, apply a coat of primer to the wood. Then you can paint the wood frame in whatever color you'd like. Seal the paint surface so your finish stays nice.
Apply a chalkboard finish, with a similar process as above.
Free Printable Welcome Sign
Not up for creating a chalkboard sign? A welcome printable is an awesome substitute for building a sign. Print one of these free printables on a sheet of paper and put it in a frame or Mod Podge it on a piece of wood to create a very similar look. The final piece with it's printed design will easily replicate a chalkboard sign.
Click the picture to download your free printable!
Try out any of these DIY chalkboard welcome signs or this free printable sign to spruce up your home or party decor. For low cost, a chalk sign is a fun and easy way to add a little embellishment that is both inviting and creative to your visitors.
Love free printables? View our gather printable here.
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Candy Walsh says
Thank you for the adorable printable~I love it! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!