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Walnut Hollow and StencilGirl Blog Hop

Video tutorial showing how to make a stenciled chalkboard sign by Carolyn Dube



A quick stenciled chalkboard sign helped me bring the feeling of an outdoor cafe indoors for the StencilGirl Products and Walnut Hollow blog hop!


Watch A Stenciled Chalkboard Sign on YouTube.

Video tutorial making a stenciled chalkboard with a Walnut Hollow Hinged Sign with Carolyn Dube



The mini hinged sign was quickly transformed into a chalkboard with FolkArt’s Chalkboard paint.



Video tutorial making a stenciled chalkboard with Mary Beth Shaw's Chain Mail stencil  with Carolyn Dube


For the pattern, Mary Beth Shaw’s Chain Mail stencil gave me just the right amount of detail for the stenciled chalkboard sign.




Want more inspiration?  Check out all the great ideas in this blog hop!  And YES, a giveaway too!  A huge giveaway of  2 stencils, book, dvd, Versa tool, and lots and lots of great wood pieces !  Boy do I wish I was eligible!  You can see all the prize goodies over on StencilGirl Talk!

Leave a comment here to be entered to win!  Want more chances?  Then leave a comment on more blogs in the hop!  That gives you 12 chances to win!  But hurry- the giveaway closes Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59pm Central time!


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  • Maria McGuire February 24, 2014, 1:19 am

    Brilliant! Need to make one!

  • Ruth L February 24, 2014, 3:25 am

    Lovely idea Carolyn, a chalkboard!

  • Denise Spillane February 24, 2014, 3:54 am

    What a great idea. I love black and white. Turned out great.

  • Lissa February 24, 2014, 4:53 am

    What a super idea!

  • Jackie P Neal February 24, 2014, 6:48 am

    So cute! I shared from YouTube “)

  • Wanda Hentges February 24, 2014, 6:53 am

    LOVE!! Love!! LOVE!! your little chalkboard!!!!

  • Teresa Richardson February 24, 2014, 7:33 am

    What a great chalkboard sign.

  • Anna February 24, 2014, 8:10 am

    This amazed me. The chalk board is awesome, the chalk sitting on top, brilliant.. the fact that my one little word for 2014.. is bloom.. totally AMAZING 🙂

    You rock <3 just sayin'~

  • April Lopez February 24, 2014, 8:19 am

    This is darling. A quick gift!

  • elle February 24, 2014, 8:38 am

    Another great idea on this very versatile hop!

  • Linda Kittmer February 24, 2014, 8:45 am

    Great idea. I love that you’ll be able to change the word/message as your whim desires.

  • Karen Buchanan February 24, 2014, 8:48 am

    Love this little chalkboard! Every home need one of these! That hinged sign board from Walnut Hollow is awesome!

  • Daryl February 24, 2014, 9:26 am

    What a great idea to decorate a sign using stencils and blackboard paint so you can write in it! Lovely. I love these blog hops as I get so much inspiration from them. Thanks.

  • Jessica Sporn February 24, 2014, 9:27 am

    Great project! What a great gift this would make.

  • Mary Beth Shaw February 24, 2014, 10:03 am

    I love this little sign. I think I need one of these too 🙂

  • Yvonne W February 24, 2014, 10:08 am

    Love your little chalkboard

  • Judy Shea February 24, 2014, 10:09 am

    You had me at “chalkboard”. Fantastic for “Carolyn’s Bistro”. I’ve been trying to get to the store to get some chalk paint. Now, I will.

  • Lynn Wayne February 24, 2014, 11:29 am

    This looks like a great project. I think it would be great to use the blackboards as place cards for dinner parties.

  • Melanie K February 24, 2014, 11:46 am

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Vicki February 24, 2014, 12:10 pm

    I just loved this so much. I want to go get some chalk board paint. And order that adorable sign. You are infectious carolyn dube

  • Gill February 24, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Fabulous idea!!

  • Jane February 24, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Love the counter chalkboard.. a great gift idea.

  • MaggieM February 24, 2014, 12:58 pm

    Too cute! You make every project look so easy. I love your video tutorials.

    I have a question for you (aside from the giveaway) I am subscribed, plus Follow your blog, but I never receive emails from you – just wondered.

    • Carolyn Dube February 24, 2014, 1:17 pm

      Several months ago switched email providers. Due to their rules, this meant everyone had to re-opt back in. I sent out a couple of emails but with all the gmail changes they may have gotten trapped in your spam or gmail tabs. You can opt back in with the form at the top right of blog.

      As far as following the blog, if you do the RSS feed, I don’t have much control over the details with that. If you did get it at one point and are not any more then it may be in spam or for some reason be blocked by your email. I know of another person who was having RSS issues for a week and then it self corrected. Not sure why it happened or how it was fixed.

      Hope this helps!

  • Laura Strack February 24, 2014, 1:02 pm

    So stinkin’ cute and would make a great gift!! Thanks, Carolyn!

  • Karen K February 24, 2014, 1:19 pm

    I love these projects to get inspired by!

  • Susie F February 24, 2014, 1:28 pm

    Put it on the table every night with menu, so everyone knows what’s for dinner.

  • Cat Graves February 24, 2014, 2:00 pm

    As usual, another awesome project, Carolyn! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Kirsten Reed February 24, 2014, 2:23 pm

    Love this sign ~ simple, elegant and a great idea!

  • Jo Murray February 24, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Aha…. I had trouble earlier accessing the comments, but it’s working now. The concept of a tiny is really appealing to me…so many uses. Well done Carolyn….and thanks for the giveaway.

  • Cindy Langston February 24, 2014, 2:58 pm

    So cute Carolyn. I love how you used the reverse of the stencil to make the outer border design.

  • julie m February 24, 2014, 3:13 pm

    What a cute little sign board. I like the way you used the stencil to frame it.

  • Michael February 24, 2014, 3:27 pm

    Just love this idea!!!

  • Rebecca Buchanan February 24, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Great idea–I’ve got to make one. We’ve been wanting a re-usable sign to mark items as ‘gluten free’ or ‘dairy free’ etc. for our church coffee hour as well as for a local cafe. Two chalkboard tips I learned from Claudine Hellmuth: a) you can also use black gesso the same way you used the black paint; b) any new chalkboard surface will work better if primed first by rubbing it all over with the side of a piece of chalk (although yours seemed to work just fine).
    Thank you Carolyn–I LOVE your videos!

  • Rosina Ervin February 24, 2014, 3:37 pm

    I love it! I am definitely trying chalkboard paint.

  • Tommy McDonell February 24, 2014, 3:42 pm

    This is one of my most favorite blog posts, Carolyn. Practical and fun and pretty all at the same time. And you didn’t use color. This must have been difficult for you.

  • Gilda February 24, 2014, 4:16 pm

    what a great idea. Love it.

  • Theresa Hawkins February 24, 2014, 4:22 pm

    Awesome Blackboard & video Carolyn. I love that it is really small, but has 4 times that amount of writing room (4 sides). I also love the negative stencilling. I can see me doodling in the small spaces with a chalk pencil. Thanks for the inspiration. Theresa x

  • Theresa P. February 24, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Such awesome projects you all out did yourselves on these ones, thanks for the giveaway and the great ideas! if I had the room I would do a chalkboard similar to this but larger for our kitchen 🙂

  • Raine February 24, 2014, 5:05 pm

    Awesome video and project! What a cool idea. Mini blackboard! Whoda thunk it? YOUda thunk it!!!!

  • Jean Marmo February 24, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Such a cute idea! Love the white stencil. Love hearing you on video!

  • Mary C. Nasser February 24, 2014, 7:09 pm

    You’re great with color AND black and white!!
    I need to make one of these for my desk at work! 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jean February 24, 2014, 8:54 pm

    I love your little chalkboard sign! Great project!

  • Glenda Lovchik February 24, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I so love that project. Would be such a great sign for the kids to leave messages for each other. Thanks for the great ideas, as always.

  • jen ashenfelter February 24, 2014, 9:56 pm

    Love the chalkboard idea for stencils!

  • Sharon Bonnett February 24, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Love this project!

  • Kim Mailhot February 24, 2014, 10:14 pm

    Inspired and so cute!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Nelda Johnson February 24, 2014, 11:31 pm

    Great idea!

  • Susan Schultheis February 25, 2014, 12:15 am

    As always Carolyn you create such wonderful pieces of art. The chalkboard idea for the piece from Walnut Hollow was a great idea. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway.

  • Cath Sheard February 25, 2014, 2:49 am

    What a great project – and love the chain mail stencil.

  • Lorrie T. February 25, 2014, 3:27 am

    Love, love, LOVE this!! Your own mini menu board!! So cool!!!

  • Corrine February 25, 2014, 8:13 am

    Cutest idea and you can change it depending on what you need to hear every day. Blooming you are. xox

  • Katrina February 25, 2014, 8:21 am

    Love this cute idea!

  • Stacy Tompkins February 25, 2014, 10:09 am

    I love the chain mail stencil

  • marylouh February 25, 2014, 11:16 am

    Great idea. You can have a “word of the day”. thanks for the idea.

  • Judy Millard February 25, 2014, 12:24 pm

    Love this….so cute! Thanks, Carolyn!

  • Dianne February 25, 2014, 2:06 pm

    I love your work Carolyn, I am addicted to your you tube videos. Thanks for putting them up consistently. I am always looking out for them…yes I subscribe to your channel.

  • Caroline D. February 25, 2014, 6:04 pm

    What a fun project!! This would be great in the kitchen!

  • Mary Deam February 25, 2014, 7:15 pm

    This is great! I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance! I enjoy your vids.

    • Mary Dean February 25, 2014, 7:16 pm

      oops…my name is Mary Dean

  • Lura Brown February 25, 2014, 8:47 pm

    what a cute easy project i love walnut hollow products and you know how much i love stencil girls……..so much inspiration, such great products, and thank you so much for all the chances to win. xoxo

  • MelodyJ February 26, 2014, 3:54 am

    I like that is simple and contrasting colors.

  • Sue February 26, 2014, 4:00 am

    Well, Carolyn – I think you’re just amazing! What a great idea here today, thank you! (and I love it that you put it in a video 🙂 Thanks

  • Julie Shearer February 26, 2014, 10:26 am

    Great idea! I love that it’s a chalkboard. TFS.

  • Barbara Cobb February 26, 2014, 11:40 am

    What a cute little chalkboard! I’d like to try chalkboard paints…. maybe on a small wall….hmmmm….

  • stampsalot February 26, 2014, 12:33 pm

    The black and white is striking and it was a nice project. Thank you for the video and for sharing your ideas.

  • Jacklyn Young February 26, 2014, 5:46 pm

    this would make a really nice gift for someone – love it!

  • NancyLee February 26, 2014, 7:56 pm

    This would make cute gifts!
    How about one to a child’s teacher …”Mrs. Smith’s Desk”!

  • Heather Ferguson February 26, 2014, 8:48 pm

    Love it! It is the perfect combination with the white and chalkboard, cute!

  • Heather B. February 27, 2014, 6:13 am

    So cut and practical 🙂 I love the idea of keeping this in the kitchen for leaving notes or reminders. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kay Wallace February 27, 2014, 8:50 am

    Just pinned this delightful project, Carolyn! What a fun, but oh-so-practical way to create! 😉

  • Linda Cameron February 28, 2014, 9:34 am

    Lovely little sign! I can envision lots of uses for it!

  • Beth P February 28, 2014, 12:06 pm

    This is just too cute. I’ve wanted to make a chalkboard for my kitchen for ages but I have limited space… this is the perfect size…! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to get started 😀
    Beth P

  • Sue C February 28, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Great idea to create a chalk board sign! Sue C x

  • Janelle Rourke March 1, 2014, 9:15 am

    Love that hinged sign! How fun that would be on my desk at work. Love the simplicity of your project with plenty of pow! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

  • Linda on the Prairie March 2, 2014, 3:20 pm

    Great idea and the perfect gift for a friend who is a remarkable chef! I’ll have to give her one for her birthday. I can see this in her kitchen now.

  • Marjie Kemper March 2, 2014, 5:03 pm

    Super project and great tute. I wasn’t aware of this company and I sure do like the signboard. Thanks for sharing!

  • Robin B. March 10, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Love the effect of the white on black….just gorgeous!