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How to Stencil a Sports Fan Chalkboard
Learn how to stencil the Sports Fan Chalkboard.
Learn how to stencil the Sports Fan Chalkboard.

Stencil these easy baseballs, basketballs, and footballs on a homemade chalkboard for a sporty project that's sure to be a hit.

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Stencil Design: Download the Sports Fan Chalkboard as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • Precut masonite, 20x20 inches
  • Fine-grade sandpaper
  • All-purpose sealer
  • 1-inch foam brushes, 4
  • Painter's tape
  • Tape measure
  • Chalkboard paint
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic paint: Mistletoe, Lamp Black, Snow White, True Red
  • Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint: Sap Green
  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint: Poppy Orange, Burnt Sienna
  • 3/4-inch stencil brushes, 3
  • 1/2-inch stencil brushes, 3
  • Satin-finish spray varnish

Instructions

Step One: Prepare the masonite for painting by lightly sanding it and applying an all-purpose sealer.

Step Two: Use tape to mask off a 3-1/2-inch border around the board, leaving a 13-inch square in the center of the board. Follow manufacturer's instructions to paint this square with chalkboard paint. Let dry completely; remove tape.

Remove the masking tape when the paint is dry.
Remove the masking tape when the paint is dry.

Step Three: Carefully re-mask the square, taping on the chalkboard side this time so the border can be painted. Make sure the tape placement is exact so you're left with a nice, clean line of paint between the border and the center of the board.

Basecoat border Mistletoe with a foam brush; let dry. Repeat if needed for complete coverage. Do not remove tape yet.

Step Four: Measure and mask off a 3-1/2-inch square in all four corners of Sports Fan Chalkboard the border. Basecoat the corner squares Sap Green with a foam brush. Repeat for complete coverage. Let dry; remove all tape.

Paint the corners with a foam brush.
Paint the corners with a foam brush.

Step Five: Position the basketball stencil 1/2 to 3/4 inch to the right of one of the Sap Green squares. Stencil Poppy Orange with a 3/4-inch brush, applying two coats if needed. Repeat on the remaining three sides of the board.

Step Six: Position the basketball overlay; stencil the ball detail Lamp Black with a 1/2-inch brush. Repeat on all basketballs. Trick of the Trade: Position the balls at different angles to add visual interest to the border.

Add decorative stencils to the borders.
Add decorative stencils to the borders.

Step Seven: Position the football stencil 1/2 to 3/4 inch to the right of the basketball. Stencil Burnt Sienna with a 3/4-inch brush, applying two coats if needed. Repeat on the remaining three sides of the board.

Step Eight: Position the football overlay; stencil the ball detail Snow White with a 1/2-inch brush. Repeat on all footballs.

Step Nine: Position the baseball stencil 1/2 to 3/4 inch to the right of the football. Stencil Snow White with a 3/4-inch brush, applying 2 coats if needed. Repeat on the remaining three sides of the board.

Step Ten: Position the baseball overlay; stencil the ball detail True Red with a 1/2-inch brush. Repeat on all baseballs.

Step Eleven: Let dry completely, then mask the chalkboard center. Mist only the border of the board with at least two coats of satin-finish spray varnish. Let dry between coats.

Bright Ideas

  • Bounce these balls across a wall in a playful border, stenciling some balls high and some low within the playing field.
Add your own touch with stencil variations.
Add your own touch with stencil variations.
  • If your child prefers one sport over all others, choose just one of these stencil designs for this project or throughout the room.
  • In sports, refs are usually associated with stripes. Why not stripe up a little fun by stenciling vertical stripes of each ball across the room for a faux wallpaper look?
  • Stencil balls randomly across the surface of a sisal rug. To finish it off, tape off stripes around the border and paint them black and white.

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