HOW TO MAKE A CHALK ORNAMENT

 Ring in the holidays with this cute ornament!

Ring in the holidays with this cute ornament!

It may be the beginning of November, but the Christmas season is here!  Venturing into stores like Target or Walmart, grocery stores, and even Starbucks, you'll quickly see and hear all things Christmas!  And I can't help but join in myself.  I've got my Christmas Tree leggings on, Christmas music playing (currently playing right now is Born is the King by Hillsong Worship!)  And I put up a few Christmas decorations.  Christmas is really my favorite time of year. I love decorating and creating gifts for others.  Our family has our annual traditions of watching Elf, making lots of hot cocoa, we take each child shopping for them to pick out something for each family member, a special breakfast on Christmas morning (my kids usually pick cinnamon rolls!), and opening stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve.  I look forward to these traditions all year long!

So today I'm helping you get a jump start on all your Christmas spirit!  I'll be showing you just how easy it is to make these holiday inspired ornaments!  But first let's gather materials.  You don't need a whole lot!  You'll need a chalk ornament (you can find these at your local craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby), a white chalk marker, a pencil and piece of paper. That's it!

STEP 1: trace ornament on paper

 

 Trace the ornament on paper...

Trace the ornament on paper...

Trace the ornament on paper.  For me this step is super helpful.  I sometimes can't visualize the lettering on the ornament, and the spacing and room I have to work with.  If I can do it on paper first, I can letter the ornament much better.  

STEP 2: sketch out phrase

 Sketch out your phrase...

Sketch out your phrase...

Using a pencil, sketch out your phrase within the ornament outline.  Here you can play around with lining up your letters and maximizing all the space on the ornament.  

STEP 3: letter on the ornament

 Now copy onto the ornament...

Now copy onto the ornament...

Using your sketch as a visual, letter your phrase onto the ornament with your chalk marker.  I am using a Bistro Marker with a fine tip.  The cool thing about chalk markers is if you mess up, you can use a damp paper towel to erase it off and start again.  Or another thing that helps is using a piece of chalk or a chalk pencil, letter out your phrase, then trace over it with your chalk marker.  

STEP 4: use faux calligraphy

 Add thicker down strokes....

Add thicker down strokes....

On all your down strokes, add a second line (see the n in the picture). Then fill it in. Depending on the chalk marker you are using, you may need to go back over your lettering and do a second coat.  

 Fill the down strokes in...

Fill the down strokes in...

 All down strokes are thicker now!

All down strokes are thicker now!

 And your done! Easy Peasy!

And your done! Easy Peasy!

And that's it!  It's pretty easy isn't it?!!  You could leave it this way, or you can add snowflakes or any other embellishment you'd like! I'm going to add some red and green dots to make it feel a little more Christmasy! 

 Add some color if you'd like!

Add some color if you'd like!

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 So cute!

So cute!

Now you're ready to make some fun ornaments for your family and friends! Or decorate your own tree!  Remember, these markers can be washed off so you could even change the phrase every so often if you want!  Have some fun with it!  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  I shared some of my favorite family traditions, I'd love to hear about your traditions! Do you have any that you look forward to?  Comment and tell me!

Happy Lettering and till next time,

Mandy