I love projects like this. It is just a way to add custom and personal to your walls. I love subway art for the same reason. The typographic word find chalkboard, complete with special phrases for your family, is a quirky (and inexpensive!) way to add personality to your home. Welcome Karianne from Thistlewood Farms to show us how.
Hi Infarrantly Creative readers! It’s KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.
I’m so excited to be here today sharing a little chalkboard project.
I love anything chalkboard.
I love the way it makes even tupperware look fresh again.
I love chalkboard tags and chalkboard pots and chalkboard tabletops and chalkboard tins and chalkboard buckets.
I love them, too.
What do you think that says about me?
I like to change things up?
I like to rework and redo?
I think it says…..that I’m all about a fresh start.
Step 1: Prime your chalkboard
Find a chalkboard. You can find them at yard sales and craft stores.
For this project you want to find a large chalkboard. This chalkboard measures 40″ x 24″.
If it is a new chalkboard….go ahead and prime it with a coating of chalk.
Step 2: Plan out your word search.
Design a word search with words special to your family. We chose words like Kentucky, Baseball, Track, Cheer and the names of our dogs.
Lay out the words on a grid and print it out.
This is your reference guide.
I made my word search 8 letters across and 12 letters down.
Step 3: Draw markers on chalkboard
Based on my grid and the size of my chalkboard, I measured out markers where your stickers will go.
I placed my dots 2 1/2 inches apart for the width of the chalkboard and 3 inches apart going down.
Mark dots with chalk.
Step 4: Choose stickers
You will need to decide if you want how you want your letters to look.
If you want capital letters or lowercase…..graphic or cursive, etc.
Make sure you have at least 3 packages of white stickers.
Step 5: Apply stickers to grid
Place stickers according to your grid that you have printed out.
Place stickers one line at a time, checking placement with the yardstick.
Make sure all the stickers are firmly affixed.
Your word search is now ready for popcorn, hot chocolate, a little family fun….
….and plenty of erasers.
Here’s a little more inspiration from Thistlewood Farms: