How To Make A Chalkboard Advent Calendar Or Christmas Picture

Home Made Advent Calendar Using Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint

Doesn’t Christmas make you feel all creative? It does me! Suddenly there are all kinds of creative projects to do, with or without the children. It’s really exciting!

We have been sent some lovely paints from Rust-Oleum to help get our creative juices flowing. It has definitely worked – I’m feeling very inspired.

Yesterday I completed this quick and easy chalkboard Advent calendar. It’s definitely not too late for you to have a go too. It doesn’t even have to be an Advent calendar, it could be a lovely Christmas picture, with a Bible verse or line from a Christmas song perhaps? Take a look at our Pinterest Board for inspiration and printable templates.

Home Made Advent Calendar Using Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint
Home made Advent Calendar

I’ve upcycled an old canvas painting which was just lurking in the garage waiting to get damaged, so I don’t feel too bad about turning it into a chalk board using the Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint. An old picture or photo frame would work really well, as you could do the outside of the frame in a different colour. If you don’t have one, try a charity shop.

Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint in Action!
Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint in Action!

I used a printed font for the writing, and chalked over the back of the letters then simply rubbed down to transfer. Then I went over the writing with a chalk pen as it is a bit more precise than ordinary chalk.

Advent Calendar Chalkboard Alternative Finish
Advent Calendar Chalkboard Alternative Finish

I had an old Christmas ornament which I used to make the advent. You can also buy them new, or use string and pegs with brown envelopes like they did on the Rust-Oleum website. If you’re making a decoration rather than an Advent calendar, you could try string and baubles or rows of holly as I’ve shown in my example here.

A blank chalkboard canvas for your ideas!
A blank chalkboard canvas for your ideas!

Let your imagination run wild, and maybe use up any old decorations which you don’t have space for anywhere else. The options are limitless.

Here’s our quick ‘How To’ video:

Most of all have fun, and please let me know how you get on. I love seeing everyone’s creations! Please tag me on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) if you share your projects!

You can also view our other Chalkboard Paint project here

How To Make A Chalkboard Advent or Other Christmas Chalkboard Picture Using Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint
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16 Replies to “How To Make A Chalkboard Advent Calendar Or Christmas Picture”

  1. […] is an Advent Calendar I made yesterday using Rustoleum Chalkboard paint (instructions here) which I simply put candy canes in, as they look so pretty! It doesn’t have to be […]

  2. This is a great idea. We already have our wooden calendar but this will go on the list for if it ever breaks or we need another one.
    Franki – Wonderful Chaos recently posted…The best ‘best friend’My Profile

    1. Thanks Franki – we have too many! But I just can’t resist x

  3. Love your video, we made a chalk board on a giant scale for Trash 2 Treasure which is now in our games room, it has been really popular. What a great idea as a backing for an advent board. I love how you recycled your old decoration too.
    Fiona Cambouropoulos recently posted…Toddlebike2 put to the test at Coombe MillMy Profile

    1. Thanks Fiona, I must pop over and see the one you made too. I love chalkboard, it is so versatile x

  4. I didn’t know you got chalkboard paint in a can, that makes it a lot easier! I might attempt a chalk project now.
    Robyn Clarke recently posted…Giveaway and Christmas Gift Ideas: Boys(Transformer enthusiast gifts)My Profile

    1. Yes it’s really easy to use Robyn, and very quick too x

  5. This is a really good idea. I really like it and love the recycled decoration. I think making things like this is really fun and great. A lovely pinnacle image too!
    Angela Milnes recently posted…Dog Fashion Featuring Buff WearMy Profile

    1. Thank you Angela. Times are a bit tight so it’s good to be able to re-use things x

  6. I love this! It is so pretty! I didn’t even know that there is such thing as chalk spray. I will need to look into that. Well done! Your children are going to love this! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x
    Su {Ethan & Evelyn} recently posted…#FabFridayPost Linky #60 {02.12.16}My Profile

    1. Oh thank you Su, it was quite easy really. It’s the first time I’ve used chalkboard spray, but it’s great!

  7. Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson says: Reply

    Oh how I wish I had read this last year! I went on a desperate hunt for an advent calendar that was special enough for my family….one that took the better part of a weekend. This is beyond cute! #FabFridayPost
    Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson recently posted…What I Will Miss the Most When My Twins Grow UpMy Profile

    1. Oh what a shame, but thank you for the compliment. Maybe next year…?

  8. I love advent calendars. Though I really want to get a traditional open the doors one (with no chocolate)…. Probably to remind me of my childhood chrsitmases. Your advent calendar is looking fab. Thanks so much for sharing with us #FabFridayPost

    1. You could definitely make one like that Sarah, they’re quite easy!

  9. […] You might also like to see our other project using chalkboard paint, the Advent Calendar. […]

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