First off, Happy Memorial Day and thank you to the wonderful men and women who have dedicated their lives for our freedom. We are celebrating around here with time together, homemade ice cream and lots of time outdoors. I am also prepping for my daughter London’s 1st grade graduation party. The room moms and I decided to throw a “Surfing Into 2nd” beach-themed party and I’m in charge of the decorations and party games! I’ve made loads of Hawaiian flowers with my Cricut (post coming soon!) and this Chalkboard Poster with Elmer’s Painters Markers (these things are the bomb) for the entry into the party. It was my first go at Chalkboard Art and boy did I learn a few things. I thought I would share what I learned and I how I created this 20 inch by 30 inch poster.

How To Do Chalkboard Art by Love The Day

20′ by 30′ in Elmer’s Chalk Foam Board
Elmer’s Painter’s Markers
Ruler or T-Square

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Print out your design, draw a grid on the poster-board and a scale version of the same grid on the design.  I used a 4 inch grid on the 20″ X 30″ poster-board.  To determine the correct grid size on the design I multiplied the 4 inch grid by the width of the paper (8.5″) and divided by the width of the poster-board (20″) giving a scaled grid of 1.7″ squares.  Now you can begin drawing in pencil the scaled design on the poster-board. It took me awhile to draw the design as I’m not a  great hand artist, but it turned out decent with the help of the grid. After I was finished with the drawing, I colored in the art with the Painters markers.

A few things I learned along the way was I should have erased the lines as I went along. It made for a bunch of work at the end.  I also should have filled in the yellow section with a darker color. The yellow didn’t seem to fill in as well as the darker colors. And my last regret was that I didn’t grid the poster-board even more tightly. The ‘but now it’s time to relax’ line is crooked and drives me crazy!

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*Disclosure–In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Elmer’s for my post. However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.




I am a wife of one, mother of two and a graphic designer who loves to throw and style parties. There is nothing I love more than to find unique and creative ways to celebrate the most important days in our lives. Whether it be through printable products or creative diy decorations, I try to find ways to make parties memorable so others can Love The Day.

  • Melissa

    This is too cute! Great little DIY. I love me some cute & fancy chalkboard signs.

  • Carmen

    This is THE cutest! I’ve always struggled with chalk art and I think your method is great.

  • Kameela

    Thanks for sharing! This is perfect!

  • Cheryl

    I didn’t even realize that Chalk Foam Boards existed! Now I’m inspired to think of a creation of my own! I love your party theme by the way – so perfect for kicking off summer vacation!

  • Layne

    AWESOME! So cute and such a great way to celebrate. Thanks for sharing.

  • Chris @ Celebrations At Home

    Great tutorial, Lindi! And such a cute sign!

  • Jenny Raulli

    Absolutely love this. Great tutorial. Thanks for the tips

  • Tonya C (Soiree Event Design)

    I saw these at SNAP for the first time and have been dying to use them! Thanks for the inspiration Lindi!

  • Toni – Design Dazzle

    Love this idea. You are so super talented. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Toni Thomason

    I absolutely LOVE this! As a mom of a 1st grader, this would be perfect for my son to kick off summer!