Halloween is just around the corner! Who else is ready for some trickertreats? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, even though I’ve had to scale way back on my creepy decorations since Garrett was born. He is a delicate little dude when it comes to scary things, so I try to avoid decorating the house with too much ghoulishness since I really love uninterrupted, scream-free sleep. Four year old nightmares are not cool.
But you know what is cool, creepy and four-year-old approved? Chalkboard art. It’s all the rage right now! When I was contacted by the awesome Kelly at Eclectically Vintage asking if I was interested in being a part of a Krylon Halloween craft blog roundup I had several ideas in mind, but the chalkboard art kept calling my name. Luckily for me, Krylon sells a fabulous chalkboard spray paint! They were kind enough to send me a can, along with a few other samples for me to try out. I knew about chalkboard paint in a can, but I didn’t realize it came in a spraypaint version. It’s incredibly easy to transform anything into a chalkboard with Krylon’s paint, making it so easy to create awesome chalkboard art like this:
I had this sign that I bought at TJ Maxx a while back. I’ve never really used it for anything, but I decided it was the perfect size to write out the words from the sign in the Haunted Forest that Dorothy and company encountered along the yellow brick road. The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies, so I played around with some fonts and came up with a way to glamorize the “I’d turn back if I were you” sign.
Who else was totally creeped out by that scene as a kid? Yeah, me too. Now that we are grownups you can warn your party guests of all the haints lurking around your home by creating some fun Halloween chalk art with Krylon chalkboard paint.
I knew there was no way that I could freehand this type of artwork, but I know from past mural drawing experience that a projection image is my best friend. I may not be able to draw with 100% accuracy but I can trace like a BOSS.
So, that’s what I did for this sign. I created the image using Photoshop. Since it took me a while to do the font research I will save you guys the trouble and list out which ones look best in chalk art format. Here are the fonts I downloaded for free from dafont.com to create the graphics:
Haunted Forest : Senandung Malam Shadow
turn back / one mile: EcuyerDAX
if I were: Freebooter Script
you: Cast Iron
Witch’s Castle: Ornamental Versals
The rest of the graphics were created with a font called Trick or Treat BV
The frames were standard Photoshop frames.
After I had the graphic created I saved it as a jpeg, then I set up my projector, hooked it up to my laptop and traced the image right onto the board. If you don’t feel like going to all this trouble, keep reading. I’m giving away my graphics as a free printable at the bottom of this post! Then you just need a projector and you can make one of these bad boys for yourself. I used an EXPO Bright Sticks wet erase marker as my “chalk” for this one. Real chalk is just too squirrelly when you are going for tracing precision.
Once I had that piece of awesomeness created, I decided to go all out and create a devilish dinner party so I could make some matching pieces to go with the whole chalk art theme. I created a smaller menu board and another round chalk piece from old serving platters.
Here are the supplies I used to create my “Morbid Menu” and spooky spider web chalk platter:
Krylon chalkboard paint
Old serving platters (I bought these at the dollar store many years ago)
Chalk or a wet erase marker (I used an Expo Bright Sticks Wet Erase marker)`1
Masking tape (I used the Frogtape that came in my Haven swag bag)
washi tape for trim (optional)
That’s it! It was such an easy and fun way to add some life to these old serving platters that were bound for the trash. The circular one was perfect for a chalk spider web complete with a creepy fake spider. The Krylon chalkboard paint was a dream to use. It dried and hardened so fast that this was a quick and easy Halloween craft project. I’m now searching high and low for more things in my house that I can spray with chalkboard paint. Next up are labels for my pantry staples. Because salt and sugar sure do look a lot alike if you don’t have labels on them.
The menu board was too small to trace, so I freehanded the font on this one. I never got straight A’s in handwriting, so this was more challenging for me than the big chalk art! I took my time and it turned out pretty well. I also spent a minute on thesaurus.com coming up with synonyms for the words “wicked” and “terrible” to use as adjectives for the food and gross descriptions. “Ladyfingers in Liquor” is my favorite. I love alliteration.
Instead of placemats I used black Halloween fabric and a ripped cheesecloth runner to create a ghostly effect on the table. This devilish dinner party is ready for some undead guests. I do have to admit that as soon as these pics were made the skeletons got tossed back into the closet so Garrett wouldn’t have any night terrors of rattling bones in the dining room.
How’s that for the perfect Haunted Halloween tablescape?
Since I love y’all so much I’m gonna share my design here as a free printable that you can download and use if you’d like. Here you go! Enjoy!
Happy Halloween everyone!
Disclosure: I was creepily compensated for this spooktacular sponsored post and received some frighteningly free spray paint. The ferocious free printables are provided to my readers at no charge for personal use only. All photos, ideas, printables, goofy alliteration and opinions are 100% my own.