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    Here's A Genius Trick For Making A Fancy Chalkboard Sign

    I tried a bunch of methods and found the best one!

    Fancy chalkboards at weddings are a major trend right now.

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    But writing perfectly on a chalkboard doesn't always come easily.

    So I tried a number of the tips recommended on Pinterest and found the easiest way to do it.

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    First, print out whatever words or design you want on your chalkboard.

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    If you need a different size, just resize it on a copy machine. (Warning: it might take a couple tries to get it just right.)

    Then turn the paper over and rub the area where the text is with a graphite stick.

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    (You can get a graphite stick at Michaels or art stores.)

    Tape the paper, graphite side down, to your chalkboard and trace over the outline of the text/design with a pencil.

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    Make sure you press down pretty hard.

    When you remove the paper, your design will be visible on the chalkboard.

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    FYI, a lot of tutorials say to follow these same steps but use a piece of chalk instead of graphite; I tried that but found that it didn't transfer as well and I kept accidentally erasing parts of the outline as I worked. It also made a huge mess.

    Using a chalkboard marker, trace and fill in the design.

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    I used the Craft Smart chalk marker set.

    Note: While the marker is technically erasable, and you can easily clean up mistakes with a little water while the ink is still wet, I found that there was still an outline of the text after I washed the finished chalkboard with dish soap and water. But others say a little Windex will take it off completely, so you could try that if you need a ~clean slate~.

    Here's how it turned out:

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    Nailed it!

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