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Hand Painted Chalkboard Ornament–2016 Ornament Exchange

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I am so excited to be participating in another Ornament Exchange this year! See how I took a blank metal chalkboard sign and turned it into a custom hand painted chalkboard ornament with just a few simple steps.

Welcome to the 2016 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 11 pairs of partners or 22 talented ladies participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple – create a handmade ornament for under $15 to exchange with a partner and create a tutorial to share on the blog hop!

2016 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop

2016 Ornament Exchange Hostesses

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · The Kolb Corner
Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom
Robin ·Redo It Yourself Inspirations Sherry · Olives-n-Okra
Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Sherry · Savvy Apron Megan · C’mon Get Crafty
Jelica · A Pretty Fix Emily · Two Purple Couches Christene · Keys to Inspiration
Kati · Houseful of Handmade Beverly · Across the Blvd.
Jeanie · Create and Babble Erin · Suburban Simplicity
Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles
Debra · Shoppe No. 5 Donna · Two Chicks and A Mom
Pamela · Home On The Corner

Hand Painted Chalkboard Ornament.

I am so excited to be paired up with Maureen from Red Cottage Chronicles. I “met” Maureen when I started our monthly Thrift Store Upcycle challenges and have loved seeing her creative ideas every month. Now I get to see her unique spin on a Christmas ornament!

When I reached out to Maureen about her personal Christmas style, her only rule was no orange! No problem! Ya’ll know how I love my neutrals and rustic tones especially when it comes to Christmas decor.hand-painted-chalkboard-ornament-6

She really left it up to me as to what to create. I wanted something that would be classic and timeless so that she could enjoy it for years to come. She shared with me that her Christmas tree is normally decorated with handmade ornaments from her girls over the years, so I wanted to be sure the ornament I chose to make would fit in with that nostalgia.

While I was perusing Hobby Lobby to pick up some Fall decorations, I wandered into their Christmas craft section where everything was 50% off. I love a bargain!

That’s when I spotted this perfect little chalkboard sign just screaming to be made into a custom hand painted chalkboard  ornament. I immediately had an idea of what to do! I skipped back to the Christmas floral section and quickly picked out a pretty berry and pinecone arrangement, then went home and got to work!

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How to Make a Hand Painted Chalkboard Ornament

What you’ll need:

    1. If you are planning to use the sign as an erasable chalkboard sign, be sure to prep the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk all over, and dusting off. For this project, it will be a permanent chalkboard so no need to do this.


  1. Next, I printed out the word “Joy” in my favorite chalkboard font, and using my font transfer method I transferred it to the chalkboard.
  2. After that I traced over the transferred word with a fine point chalk marker. Once dry I went over it one more time to make the word really pop
  3. For the corner garnish, I cut the wires down really short (without taking the pick apart) with my wire cutters. Then I hot glued it down to the chalkboard.


Don’t have time to make your own ornaments this year? I’ve got you covered! Check out my Etsy shop and have handmade ornaments shipped right to your doorstep! Use code 12DaysofChristmas for 10% off your order!



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Hey Amanda,

Sounds interesting and fun. Such an inspiring stuff! Would love to try something similar with this soon. Just love it! Thanks a lot.

Cheers, Oliver

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