Okay, show of hands. How many of us have sat down with chalk in hand in front of our new DIY chalkboards to do the lettering only to realize that our chalkboard lettering skills stink? This morning at about 4:30am while I was surfing the webs--because that's what I do when I wake up waaaay too early and I don't want to get out of bed and my iPhone is within reach--I spotted a genius tutorial on Indie Craft Parade that shows how to letter like a total pro. Basically, it's a transfer/tracing technique that's so simple and cool, you'll wonder why you hadn't thought of it first.
Now, although that's a GREAT tutorial, you'll want to check out Diane's tutorial for chalkboard lettering as well. She tells us how to letter freehand, if we're so inclined, but she also gives us a fabulous chalkboard lettering tips list that will really make our lettering a success.
Want the look but don't want to bother with the chalkboard and chalk?? Then you'll want to check out Erin's tutorial telling us how to make a 8" x 10" chalkboard printable with her handy chalkboard background and downloadable free fonts from dafont.com that suit the chalkboard style. Applied to some MDF, I'm guessing the results would fool most people--and no chalk dust!