How to make Chalkboard Place Cards

easy chalkboard place cards

I’m crazy about chalkboards. I’ve put the magical spray paint on windows, tags, and yes, even chalkboard place cards. It’s a pretty easy process to make them, but making them look beautiful with the chalk is a little tricky. Today I’m sharing some easy tips on how to make them look beautiful.

To make the tags you’ll need some chalkboard spray paint and some card stock tags (I found these in the scrap booking aisle.) To make them pretty you’ll also need some chalk, a pencil sharpener, and a rubber stamp. Other than those supplies, you’ll also need a bit of water.

I simply sprayed the tags with 4-5 light coats of chalkboard paint, letting them dry between each coat. I waited 24 hours for them to cure before the next step. {Of course, if you have some card stock and a punch on hand, it would be just as good to use that, too.}

To create a pattern with my stamp, I wet my chalk by dipping it in water, then give it a second for the water to soak into the chalk.

I rubbed it lightly over the stamp, so it would catch all the lines of the stamp. I found that it works best with outline stamps, solid ones don’t work quite as well, but still look pretty.

 While the chalk is still wet, I stamped it onto the name card, just like I would with ink. Easy peasy!
I’ve always had a hard time writing with chalk, but when I learned to sharpen it then it made it a lot easier. I dampen the chalk (just like before) and then use the LARGE hole of an old school pencil sharpener to sharpen it like a crayon.
 Once it’s sharp then I write with it just like a pencil.

I’ve also found that if you make sure that the chalk is just damp it will write a lot smoother than when it’s dry. The lovely part of chalk tags is that if you mess up you can just wipe it off and start again.

Quick, easy and reusable. The stamp trick adds just another layer to the chalkboard place cards that makes them even more special.

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. I completely LOVE this project – thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Love your plates? Recent purchase??

  3. Hi Laura,
    I’ve had them a while, they’re from Dollar Tree 🙂 Gotta love $1 plates!

  4. Such cute place cards! Great, fun idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Enjoying your live video. WHAT FUN. You sound different on the video than in person. Thanks for the info and the neat ideas.

  6. I had so much fun hanging out on video with you and Jade today!! Thanks so much for joining me and sharing your gorgeous project!

  7. I love this idea, I never would have thought of wetting and sharpening chalk!

    Thank you

  8. Perfect for the Thanksgiving table!

  9. Oh my gosh I love these tips! I have never thought of sharpening a piece of chalk. And the stamping technique….genius! Lisa~

  10. Really cute idea. I just saw the chalkboard spray paint in Lowe’s this week. I have yet to try it but I think I smell a project in the air!

  11. Melinda Yrojo says:

    Great idea and so-o-o simple. Thanks for sharing and
    having a Happy New Year!

  12. Melinda Yrojo says:

    Thanks for sharing . By the way love your turquoise highlight


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