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I know Christmas is just around the corner, but there’s still time to pull out one more quick project!
I found these small, red-frame chalkboards at Target a while back for $3 a piece, and decided to grab a few.
Not long after that, Chalkola Arts contacted me and offered to send 2 packets of their chalk pens for me to try. It was perfect timing–now I had a plan for my Target chalkboards!
Easy DIY Christmas Chalkboard with Chalk Pens
I love scrolling through Pinterest and looking at all the amazing chalkboard art out there.
But the few times that I’ve tried to draw my own cute chalkboard art . . . Well, it hasn’t gone so well.
Honestly, hand-lettering is not a natural talent of mine and trying to draw intricate letters with actual pieces of dusty chalk only makes it worse!
So I was excited to give the Chalkola chalk pens a go!
These little guys promised to give me just about the same look as chalk but without all the messiness and difficulty.
The descriptions say they work on any non-porous surface, including glass, metal, dry-erase, and chalkboards.
NOTE: A surface painted with chalkboard paint is not recommended, as sometimes it’s still slightly porous and the ink can soak into the surface, leaving a stain.
I decided to try out a few from each set.
The first time you use the chalk pens, it takes a minute or so to prep the pen and get the ink to flow, kinda like a paint pen.
The metallic chalk markers are a bit different–they feel much more like a traditional marker.
The instructions were easy to follow and within just a few minutes I had my design ready and all the pens ready to go!
Instructions for the Chalkboard Design
- Draw a line with the silver marker, with a few loops in the line
- Draw small rectangles along the line, for the base of each light bulb
- Color in various color bulbs all along your silver string
- Write in whatever cherry holiday message you like!
I used the silver chalk marker to draw my light string,
and various colors of the chalk pens to draw in the different color bulbs.
TIP: If you’re layering any colors on top of each other, you want to be sure and let each color dry first (which just takes a few minutes) before adding a new color on top– so you don’t mix the colors or get another color on your marker tip.
The directions say you can erase the pens easily, like regular chalk, so I tested that out.
I started first by just wiping with water.
The paint wiped right off, but you could still see the outline where the color had been.
So I tried then the glass cleaner, and it worked like a charm!
The chalkboard was as good as new.
From start to finish, the whole project took less than 10 minutes 🙂
I love how it turned out! A quick, fun little project–and the Chalkola pens made it so easy!
Since then, my kiddos have used the pens to draw their own Christmas chalkboards on the extra ones I had on hand.
And I’ve got some great news!
Chalkola Arts would like to offer my readers a 10% off promo code to use if you would like to try out the Chalk Pens for yourself!
You can find each set on Amazon at the links below and use the promo code 10OFFYTA to get your discount.
And being the entrepreneur that I am . . . I am going to keep my eye out for more of these $3 chalkboards so I can make several more cute signs to sell out of my booth space for Valentine’s Day!
Thanks for letting me share my quick and easy project with you today, and thank you to Chalkola Arts for the chance to try out their Chalk Pens!