Easy Back-to-School Chalk Art for Kids (with Free Templates!)

Published: August 8, 2023 · Updated: December 24, 2023 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

Looking for a fun back-to-school craft? This easy back-to-school chalk art is super simple to make, and it comes with a free set of templates that you can use for all your back-to-school projects!

What better way to get kids excited about school than with an easy back-to-school craft that they can do while they count down the minutes to their first day?

And because nothing says “back to school” quite like a blackboard and chalk, this easy school-themed craft is the perfect choice. Not only does is require super simple materials, but the black construction paper acts as a “paper chalkboard” for your child’s chalk designs.

So if you’ve been looking for fun chalk art ideas for the back-to-school season, grab the free templates in the article and start doing this easy back-to-school craft with your kids!

Required Materials

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own back-to-school chalk art:

Supplies needed to make back-to-school chalk art.
  • My free back-to-school template set, which you can download using the form below (there’s another form at the bottom of the article if you’d rather keep reading)
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper
  • Sidewalk chalk or chalk pastels
  • Facial tissue (optional)

Note: For best results, I recommend sticking with light colors that will create a nice contrast with the black construction paper. Some of the ones I used turned out to be a little too dark.

How to Make Back-to-School Chalk Art (Step-by-Step)

1. Print & Cut Template

Start by printing out the templates on US Letter sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches). Regular printer paper will do just fine.

Then, grab a pair of scissors and cut all around the template. We used all three, but you can use whichever one you like best or divide them up between several children.

Scissors next to templates in the shape of a bottle of liquid glue, an apple and a crayon.

2. Place Template on Black Construction Paper

Next, position the template you cut out on top of a sheet of black construction paper. We used a separate sheet of construction paper for each template.

3. Draw Around Template

Grab a stick of sidewalk chalk or chalk pastel and use it to draw all around the template with small, outward-facing strokes.

White and orange chalk drawing lines on black construction paper, around a template in the shape of a bottle of liquid glue.

We used the following colors of chalk pastel:

  • Glue bottle: white for the body and orange for the tip
  • Apple: red for the fruit, green for the leaf and brown for the stem
  • Crayon: two different shades of purple (one for the paper and one for the wax)

We ended up reusing the crayon template and placing two crayons on the same sheet of construction paper (the second one was blue), but you don’t have to.

4. Smudge Chalk

This step is where the magic happens! Using a tissue or your fingers, spread the chalk outward until the strokes are no longer visible and all that is left is a smudge of color all around the template.

Tissue smudging the chalk around a template in the shape of a bottle of liquid glue.

This step can get a little messy if you use your fingers, so I personally prefer to use a tissue.

5. Remove Template

When you’re done smudging the colors, carefully peel off the template to reveal a colorful outline. Doesn’t it look neat?

Finished chalk outline craft in the shape of a bottle of liquid glue.

This is such an easy craft, and it requires very few supplies!

Plus, if you happen to be a teach, you can definitely do this one with your students to welcome them back to school, or to connect with them on their first day.

3 back-to-school chalk outline crafts on black construction paper.

Related Back-to-School Crafts

Looking for more fun crafts to make to celebrate the back-to-school season? Check out these articles:

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