In honor of National Craft Month I am taking part in a series put on by Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain called Craft Month A-Z. Stephanie has gotten together with a bunch of awesome bloggers and each of those bloggers will share a craft tutorial based on a letter of the alphabet. I chose A because A is Awesome and Amazing and I already had a tutorial in mind that I have been wanting to share. About a year ago I pinned this image to my Chalkboard Pinterest board. I thought it was pretty neat! I pinned it and there it sat, collecting digital dust. It wasn’t until my son started to become enthralled with deer that I remembered the chalkboard antler print. His birthday was coming up and it was the perfect time to try and make some chalkboard antler art.
I first made a paper antler and cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo. If you don’t have a Silhouette or other electronic cutter, you could easily free had some antlers onto a large sheet of paper. My chalkboard is pretty large so I needed a big paper antler. I had some 12×24 paper but I didn’t have a 12×24 mat to put it on. I improvised and taped two 12×12 Silhouette mats together. Worked like a charm. If you have ever wanted to make your own 12×24 cutting mat, all you need is a piece of masking or painters tape.
After I cut out my paper antler, I traced it onto my chalkboard with chalk. Flip the paper over and you have the mirror image of the antler for the other side. I used a tape measure to make sure my antlers were centered on the chalkboard.
Next I just filled in the antler outline with chalk. I blew away the leftover chalk dust. I did it outside because there was a ton of chalk dust! I wasn’t skimping on the chalk!
The Chalkboard Antlers are sitting above our fireplace mantel. They were a great addition to my son’s deer birthday party that he had last weekend. They are also a great way to incorporate the deer trend in your home decor. If you hanging a big ol’ deer head is not in your comfort zone, try making these chalkboard antlers!
Now go and see what the fun tutorials for B, C, D, E, F and G! Happy Craft Month!
A is for Antlers || Grey Luster Girl
B is for Button || Ameroonie Designs
C is for Copper pipe vase || Crafting in the Rain
D is for Doily wreath || The Creative Mom
E is for Embroidered hoop || Flamingo Toes
F is for Flower gears || Sowdering About in Seattle
G is for Glitter || Ginger Snap Crafts