Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

Hi again!  It’s another month of Simple Farmhouse Decor where I post an easy farmhouse decor DIY that you can do quickly while staying on budget!  This month I’m sharing one of the DIYs I completed for my DIY Farmhouse Shelves: a lettered chalkboard.

If simple farmhouse decor sounds like music to your ears (as it does mine 🙂 ), check out a few posts I did in the previous months including an Upcycled Frame and Wreath and a Mason Jar “Choose Joy” Display.

Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

I started by using a premade framed chalkboard I picked up from Michaels.  It was one of those unfinished ones and cost about $5.  I stained the outside using Rustoleum Wood Stain in American Walnut.

Because I didn’t tape off the actual chalkboard part, some of the stain got onto the chalkboard.  So, I ended up painting over the chalkboard with chalk paint I had on hand.  But, this is totally unnecessary if you just tape off the chalkboard while staining.  So mad at myself for not doing that!!

Once I spent entirely too much time doing the chalkboard frame, I used Picmonkey to design a little saying with a stem graphic.

When designing your look, start by choosing the correct size of frame you need on Picmonkey’s website.  Next, choose your overlay objects (in this case the stems).  I have a few images I had purchased  or got for free that I sorted through before choosing the leaves on stems.  Simple, but still beautiful!

Last, choose a saying or word for the look and a pretty font!  I’m also a font junkie and have a ridiculously large stock of fonts.  Designers are SO talented and I can’t resist a good girly, twirling font.  For the word “family” I used a font called “Tropical Nights Bold” that you can purchase on Creative Market.

Print your design out on regular computer paper (and make sure it will fit on your chalkboard).

Flip the paper over and color over any area that contains your design on the opposite side using white chalk.  If you can’t see where the design is, just color the whole page in chalk.

Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

Tape the page down with the white chalk colored side facing the chalkboard.

Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

Trace over the outline of the words and design using a pen or pencil.  Make sure to press down pretty hard on the pen/pencil without breaking through the paper.

Here is what you end up with:

Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

Lastly, I used a white paint pen to color in the design.  When using this photo transfer method, I usually go over the design twice with the paint pen.

Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

Pretty simple, right??  Plus, it looks like it’s a custom sign or something you had to pay for!


Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

You can see my whole process for how I styled the farmhouse shelves in this post.

The lettered chalkboard sign was the perfect addition to the shelves.  I love seeing “family” right above our dining room table.  Even through the messy, crazy, and sometimes frustrating meals we spend there, I love the reminder that this is MY family.  It ain’t always pretty, but these people are mine, and I love my little family.

Oh, and here are what all of the farmhouse shelves look like styled and pretty!
Simple Farmhouse Decor: DIY Lettered Chalkboard Sign

Thanks for stopping by for another month of simple farmhouse decor!! I’ll cya again in October!

Wishing you a joyful day,



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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Alysha

    This is such a great tutorial Sarah! I love that you stained the frame too!

  2. zan

    The sign turned out beautiful. I have used a similar method. I find it funny that some of the things you make, goes along the same line with some I make. I just designed a chalkboard print similar. Great minds think alike:)

  3. Emily Ward

    So cute!! I love using that trick to make all my signs & chalkboards pretty!

  4. Becki

    Great tutorial! Love how this turned out!

  5. Rachel

    LOVE! I’m going to have to try this.

  6. 204 Park

    This turned out beautifully! I love it 🙂

  7. Sabrina

    This is such a cute and easy DIY! I have seen so many signs just like yours and wondered how they made them! Now I can create one myself! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Lora

    I don’t know why I’ve never tried this technique! I always love how it turns out! Cute 🙂

  9. Nicole Huffer


    Alittle behind on the time. But it looks fantastic, I have been browsing the web trying to find this. I am so glad I did, it looks pretty easy and fun. Also a lot cheaper. Also I absolutely love your shevles and everything on them. Thanks for sharing your talents.


    1. Aww thank you SO much Nicole! This little chalkboard sign is one of my favorite DIYs – it’s SO easy, looks great, and is on budget. I hope you try it out!

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