Have you ever tried chalkboard paper? This secret ingredient adds a special touch to this display of Christmas chalkboard trees! Learn how to make a chalkboard Christmas tree below.
Skills Required: Beginner. You don’t need much crafting experience to make this project. You’ll be using Mod Podge to adhere paper to wood blocks.
Hello! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com, & I am so excited to be here with all of you! Over on my blog I love sharing simple crafts, my latest DIY projects, easy recipes, organization tips & more!
I also share a little bit about my life with one amazing hubby and five wild and crazy kiddos. I’d love to have you over sometime. 🙂 I love the look of chalkboard, but I’m not so crazy about the mess!
So a faux Chalkboard Christmas Tree is perfect. Plus they are so simple to make! So let’s get started.
Christmas Chalkboard Trees
You’ll need a few supplies to get started:
- Mod Podge Gloss (though just about any kind would work!)
- 4×4 piece of untreated wood cut into 3 blocks (10 inch, 7 inch & another 7 inch)
- white chalk or acrylic paint
- sandpaper (optional)
- foam brush
- chalkboard scrapbook paper
- this image & this image from the Silhouette store (or you could freehand your own Christmas tree shapes or search for clipart as well)
I cut out my trees using my Silhouette & the chalkboard paper. You could also freehand some Christmas trees & do it that way as well.
Then I painted my wood blocks white with chalk paint. I love chalk paint. It gives a nice soft look. You really could use any type of paint though ~ even spray paint. It’s a little bit too cold where I live to break out the spray paint though! 😉
After the paint dried, I roughed up my blocks just a little bit with a piece of sandpaper. If you like that look, too you can do that as well.
Next I put one coat of Mod Podge on my wood block with a foam brush. I love using Mod Podge to give my surface a smooth finish.
Next I put my paper chalkboard tree that I had previously cut out on top of the layer of wet Mod Podge. Then I applied a coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper chalkboard tree.
I pressed down with my brush as I was applying the Mod Podge to make sure that I got out any bubbles or “loose” spots. Then I let it dry. Repeat for the other two blocks. That’s it! So easy!
These are going to look so cute on my winter mantel. I love the contrast of the white & black. 🙂 I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for having me over Amy! If you try a chalkboard Christmas tree, let me know in the comments.
- Mod Podge Gloss
- 4 × 4 piece of wood cut into three blocks (10 inch, 7 inch & 7 inch)
- Chalk paint
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Cutting machine and art or craft knife and clip art
- Foam brush
- Cut the trees from the chalkboard paper using either a cutting machine or craft knife and clip art. Make sure to size to the wood blocks.
- Paint the blocks with a few coats of chalk paint and let dry.
- Use the sandpaper to rough up the blocks slightly and distress them. Wipe away any dust.
- Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to one of the wood blocks using the foam brush.
- Place the tree cutout down and smooth. Let dry.
- Add a top coat of Mod Podge to the entire block (avoid the tree if desired). Let dry.
- Repeat with the additional blocks. Let dry before displaying.
If you want to be able to write on the chalkboard paper, simply avoid doing a top coat of Mod Podge. Mod Podge will prevent the chalkboard paper from being writable.
I would love to hear what you think about these trees. If you want to see some additional Christmas decor projects I’ve done, check these out: