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DIY Halloween Chalk Art for the Mantel

DIY Cheap Halloween Mantel Idea

Halloween chalk art is not only trendy its fun to create, looks great for home decor and is both inexpensive and easy to create. This time of year decorating for all the holidays can make my knees weak, I suggest choosing one or two of the holidays to focus on, and let the rest be a subtle change. This year I am keeping the Halloween DIY ideas to a minimum or easy to do like this owl themed easy halloween chalkboard art.

DIY Halloween chalkboard art with an owl. Halloween Chalkboard Art, DIY Halloween Decorations, Halloween Decor, DIY Halloween Decor

If you already have a large chalkboard this Halloween Owl takes less than an hour and costs one piece of white chalk.  Go ahead and skip past the next section on making a chalkboard.

Buy or Make a Chalkboard

You will need to buy a chalkboard thats about 24 by 36″ or larger.

To make your own chalkboard the easiest way is to update an old picture. Purchase a large framed piece of art or mirror from the thrift store and give the surface several coats of black chalk paint.  Make sure to let the chalkboard paint dry between coats and add as many coats as the manufacturer of your chalk paint recommends.   Personally, I like Martha Stewart’s chalk paint which is what is used on this refurbished chalkboard.

If you prefer to make your own using wood. Purchase good grade 1/4″ thick plywood then sand it with fine sandpaper until it is as smooth as possible.    Paint the plywood with several coats of black chalk paint.  Make sure to let it dry between coats.   Use whatever moulding you like, cut to length, glue the moulding to the plywood then add small finishing nails creating the frame.  Make sure to clamp and let dry overnight before staining or painting the frame.

Halloween Chalk Art

Halloween Chalkboard Supplies

  • String and Pencil
  • White Chalk

How to Draw the Halloween Chalk Art

The most important thing to remember when creating this Halloween chalkboard is that you are working like its a negative.  The owl silhouette is bare chalkboard you are adding the chalk around it to make the shape appear. Secondly I am a crafter and although I’d give anything to be an artist I am not. So this chalkboard art is more created than it is drawn, making it easy for anyone to duplicate.

To Create the Circle

Judge the size you want for your circle to be mine is 26 inches.    Using the chalk make an x  where you want the center of your circle to be.  Cut a length of string and wrap the end of it around a small piece of chalk.  Hold one end of the string where the central X is and  draw the outside circle.  If you need to move your hand go ahead just place the end of the thread back on the X and you should be fine.    Once finished erase the X, and clean up any chalk smudges.

A large chalkboard with the first step of drawing a Halloween chalkboard art, its a large circle with a x in the center.

Print out the large owl printable.  The printable is two pages, line the two halves of the owl printable together and tape well.  Cut out the owl shape.

Place the owl shape where you want it within the circle. (Source Pixabay) Outline the outside of the owl with chalk.

Print out the tree printable.  Use it as a guide for drawing your branches.  Mark the outside of the branches leaving the centers blank.

The outline of an owl in a moon for Halloween. A large Halloween chalk art for over the mantel.

Using the side of a piece of chalk to make the chalk marks wider and smoother, fill in all the areas between the owl and the branches and the outside of the circle.

Using a slightly damp cloth wipe away any chalk residue showing on the black portions and details, this increases the contrast in your halloween chalkboard.

Don’t you love how the moon turned out, I think its fantastic.

An owl silhouetted against a full moon on a black chalkboard for Halloween.

This is my completed Halloween mantel homedecor. Its kind of spooky, but still pretty I think. I added some bumpkins, funny looking black cats, and the vampire red Halloween banner to match the candles I already had.

A large halloween chalk art drawn on a chalkboard. The chalkboard has the silhouette of an owl over the moon, and the mantel is decorated in black, burgundy, and white candles, banner and black cats for Halloween.

I prefer to have cute Halloween decorations that are more spooky or fun than they are scary.  Anything really macabre makes me feel down, and I don’t want anything that would scare my granddaughters.  If you wish to see how I decorated the rest of the living room check out this  Bling on Halloween post.

Happy Halloween Leanna

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A Halloween chalkboard of a dark black owl silhouetted in front of the full moon. The halloween chalk art is done in white chalk with a clean black chalkboard back. Its sitting over a mantel decorated for Halloween.


  1. That is amazing!! I love how you did this!! It is the perfect touch 🙂

  2. What a creative and fun project! Like others mentioned above, I have never thought of doing a chalkboard for Halloween! But the images, and the simple black and white color scheme are just perfect! Thank you so much for sharing the how-to !!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you for your kind thoughts Kristine. The black and white seem more elegant than the typical orange and purples. The chalkboard is super easy to do. Have a great weekend

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Toni and much faster to put together than subway art chalkboard art.

  3. Wow, Leanna, I just love this owl chalkboard. You are always so inspiring and creative. I’m itching to make one now. Just love it! Pinning for sure!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you so much for the pin Carolann and chalkboard is a type of matte black colour. It is fun to do.

  4. I love your chalkboard!! I collect owls so was drawn to this immediately!! I need to work on my chalkboard art skills. You inspire me as always!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      What a kind comment Michelle, I really appreciate the feedback. I absolutely love owls as well and would give anything to see a living one, they are so beautiful.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you so much Sam. I tried to put all sorts of animals into my Halloween decor and of course owls fit right in.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much Claire it was fun to put together.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I have no real artistic skills, if there was one thing I wish I had more of. Breaking it down into a craft project means I can create something of my own. Have a great week.

  5. Wow- this is so simple yet so amazing! I never thought about setting up a chalkboard like this lol. It’s a great way to exercise my artistic skills while also keeping it in season. Thanks for the inspiration Leanna!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Your very welcome Randi, the best thing about chalkboard art is its so easy to remove and retry it. Thank you for commenting, its always nice to hear from you.

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