Quick and Easy Chalkboard Art (no chalkboard required!)

 If there are any projects that I especially love in December, it's the 30 minute ones!  It's just such a busy time of year.  But it's also a time of year with lots of entertaining too...which means that you might be looking for a way to make your house a little bit more festive.

Today I'm going to show you my very quick take on "chalkboard" art that I used to dress up my house.  And the best part?  It only cost $1 to make!  Pretty awesome right?

That's because the "chalkboard" here is just a piece of black poster board.  What does that mean?  Well, it means that you can make a pretty big piece of art really inexpensively.  I'm not sure how many of you remember my fireplace gallery of wall art:
 Well, I kind of felt that I needed to adjust this wall a bit for the holidays.  I framed some Christmas cards, old family photos, and even some sheet music that I played at Christmas on the piano when I was a kid! I used poster boards for the big frames. 
It's the chalkboard one that I want to talk about today though..because I love it so much!  

 Ready to see how I made this chalkboard art?  Keep reading below!

The real secret here is just two types of pastels on poster board.
I used oil pastels for the letters.  It's so much more dynamic than a white marker, and since oil pastels leave a bit of a rough look, it looks a bit more like chalk.

Oil pastels are also super cheap too. I bought mine on Amazon for less than $3 for the whole set.  I highly recommend these...they make great stocking stuffers too!

Now for the back ground "chalk" look...
Here I used a white soft pastel, using the side rubbing technique I talked about here. I used my fingers to spread the dust about a bit.
And really, that's it!  Super easy right?  I think it's such a fun, festive craft for this time of year. 

Have a great week everyone!



Looking for more Christmas crafts?  Check out these from previous years!

Free printable gift tags!

These pillows....which I seriously want to keep out all year long because I love them so much.

 Gingerbread playdough:
 Fabric letters to Santa:

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