I recently made up this chalkboard print to be used as part of a gift for my husband’s Step-Dad.
I absolutely love how it turned out, and you can download it as a free printable here: Easy Father’s Day Present – The Steps of a Good Man . (That link also shows you a cute Father’s Day Gift you can make with the print above.)
Right now, though, I want to teach you how to make your own chalkboard print. It’s so easy!
First, you need a chalkboard background.
What? You don’t have one?
Well, let me fix that!
Click on this picture to be taken to the full size version of the blank chalkboard background, then right click and save it to your computer:
The full size version of the background is an 8×10, perfect for printing and framing or using in dozens of different projects. And you can just print it on plain ol’ computer paper and get fantastic results.
You are going to want some creative chalkboard style fonts for your chalkboard print. Here are the fonts I used for the printable at the top of this post:
- Grutch Shaded (for the words the, of a, are, and by the)
- Return to Sender (for the words steps and ordered)
- Chalk Hand Lettering (for the words good man and LORD)
- A Song for Jennifer (for the reference, Psalm 37:23)
The fonts are all free from Dafont.com, and I’ve linked them all so you can find them quickly and easily.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the fonts, open your blank chalk background in your photo editing program. (You can use Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, etc. It really doesn’t matter.)
Then, decide what you want to type, and start typing!
Play with your new fonts and try different combinations. You can also add in lines, wingdings, and dingbats for even more special touches. Let your creative juices flow!
If you like the solid line and dashed line combination I used on the print above, you can download it here:
That’s a transparent png file, so no worries about it not looking right with your chalkboard background. Just right click and save the image to your computer, and then add it as a new layer to your own chalkboard print.
You can also add it twice and flip one of them vertically to get it to appear upside down to kind of close the image.
Once you have your masterpiece designed, just print it onto regular computer paper, cut off the white edges, and frame it. (Or use it in an art project.)
If you decide to use this printable and make your own chalkboard print, I’d love to hear about it!