Word Search label

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.

Make Your Own Word Find Chalkboard

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.

Oh….and erasers.

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. 🙂

custom word search






chalkboard word find

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.


  custom word search

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.

Chalkboard Word find Project

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.

Word Search 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:


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Do you love chalkboard projects? Here are some more ideas for you to check out.

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  1. Karianne, you never cease to amaze me! Can hardly wait to see you this weekend!! Now I’m back off to work on laundry…. and make pie and my own business cards. Figured I may as well get out my nifty thrifty type writers and do something up! 🙂 since I didn’t get to the printer… 🙂 have a great day! Love, love, love this word find chalkbaord!

  2. Popping in to pin the cute word art, and when I get here I see the clever Ms. Thistle is the brains behind this project. Do you ever wonder when her mind rests?


  3. This is such a clever idea! I can think of all sorts of themes and uses for a cute word find chalkboard. Love that you used stickers for the letters to make it super easy. Thanks so much for the inspiration, KariAnne!

  4. What a very cute idea! My kids and I actually compete in timed challenges to see who can finish a word search the fastest. I haven’t won yet…..

  5. This is such a GREAT idea! Thanks so much! I may get my entire family together under one roof sometime this summer and plan to do this for that rare family moment! I can hardly wait to see their reactions to this fun activity! What fun!

  6. I generally detest chalkboard projects, but this one???? WHOA. This is really unique and fun and creative. What a fantastic idea! I might use an old framed print and do a smaller version for my family. Thanks for sharing!

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