I wanted a chalkboard in my kitchen--partially because I have leftover chalkboard paint (J's bathroom is now a giant chalkboard) and partially because I need somewhere to write down the meal plans. And I do need to write down meal plans if I want us to eat something other than cereal and goldfish.
I wanted the chalkboard to be a little more interesting than a square, so I gave her some curves:
Here's how I made the template to trace:
1. Draw a square on the wall with a pencil. Mine was 24" x 24".
2. Cut a square piece of paper 1/4 of the width of the square on your wall. My paper was 6" x 6".
3. Fold the square along both diagonals.
4. Draw and cut an arc that begins along both diagonals. Starting on the diagonals will make the curves smooth where they meet in opposite directions along the sides.
5. Use the arc to trace curves along the length of your square with a pencil. I alternated inside and outside the box, but the curves could go any way you wanted, such as all outside like flower petals.
6. Paint inside the lines and grab some chalk!