Tips & Tricks for Working with Chalk

If you’ve worked with chalk before you know that it can be a bit tricky. Sometimes things can go awry and for me, thats when a project can take forever to complete.

I should back up and tell you this story is a long time coming… ridiculously long. In fact, it’s been so long in coming that I thought I’d already shared it. I recently heard that sometimes we can think about something so much that we feel like we acted.

Thinking is not the same as doing and this little project proves it.

Let’s just say “some time” ago, my son saw chalkboard coasters and purchased them as a gift for his grandma. His plan was that since there were 4 coasters and 4 of us, we could each come up with a personal design and send it to her for her birthday.

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He’s a really thoughtful guy. His only misstep was getting his procrastinating mom involved in this craft.

Everyone jumped in right away and got their doodle on. The designs were sweet, funny, thoughtful and personal. Each of us came up with something that we thought would make grandma smile.

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And then the coasters sat…

…for weeks.

You see… I needed spray sealant. These are coasters and with glasses sitting on them, I didn’t want the art to get smudgy. However, I didn’t have all of my supplies before I started and running an extra errand added time to what should’ve been a simple little craft.

Everything got quickly sidelined.

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And then once I picked-up the sealant, I was met with a second hurdle.

As soon as I began sealing the coasters, I was faced with the horrifying error of my ways. The chalk started to fade as soon as it got wet.

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Not good.

And so the coasters sat again…

…for a few more weeks.

They sat until I could get over my discouragement and go buy some chalk pens. Once we had the pens, it was just a matter of tracing over the art and finally sealing the coasters.

Custom Chalk Art Coasters |

Tip #1 – Have all of your supplies BEFORE you start a project. To create your own chalkboard coasters, you’ll need:

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Tip #2 – If your art needs to be sealed, be sure to use chalk pens. I can’t stress this enough. There is nothing sadder than watching your artwork fade before your eyes.

Chalk Art Craft for Kids |

Tip #3 – Let your creative flag fly. There are a lot of patterns that you can design and trace onto your coaster, but sometimes getting out of the over-stylized, Pinterest worthy mindset is better.

Let everyone be free in what they want to express and you will be surprised with what they come up with.

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Grandma got her coasters “some time” after her birthday. Luckily for me she’s used to my shenanigans and we had a plan B for her special day.

**This post contains affiliate links. Many of the supplies listed can be found at your local craft or fabric store, but the links have been provide for your convenience in recreating this project.**


    • Danielle says:

      Thanks, Chloe! The chalk pens really do make a huge difference. I still need to master writing in freehand lettering, but practice makes perfect. 😉

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