Awesome Free Dingbat Fonts for Chalkboards

I love playing around with Photoshop Elements, and ever since my son was born, I have been obsessed with making chalkboard prints.  They’re so trendy right now, and they are so freakin’ simple to make!  Seriously.  All you need is a chalkboard background and lots (and lots!) of different fonts, including fun dingbat ones.  Here I’ll show you some of my favorite dingbats to use with chalkboard posters….everything from frames and ribbons to doodles and embellishments!

Awesome Free Dingbat Fonts for Chalkboards

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Without further ado, here is a collection of some awesome free dingbat fonts for chalkboards!  Links for all of them can be found beneath the image.

[Most are free for personal-use only, so please double-check their terms of use before using.]

Awesome Free Dingbat Fonts for Chalkboards!

| Adhesive Nr. Seven | Bella K. Brackets | Bergamot Ornaments | Bodoni Ornaments | Eau De Rose | From This Moment | Go Around The Books – Arrows | It Was a Good Day | KG Arrows | KG Flavor and Frames Seven | Nymphette | Old Retro Labels | Pea Lauren Doodles | Pea KT Doodles | Sleep On The Moon | Swinging | Under |

[NOTE: I recently learned that Bodoni Ornaments should not be a free font.  While it is available as a free download from various sites online, it is apparently not supposed to be free, so I have therefore chosen to remove my previous link out of respect to its creator.  If you’d like to download it, it can be purchased here.  Enjoy!]


Fabulous & Free Chalkboard Fonts

Be sure to check out my list of Fabulous & Free Chalkboard Fonts as well my new list of 50 MORE Fabulous & Free Chalkboard Fonts!

Free Chalkboard Fonts  50 MORE Fabulous and Free Chalkboard Fonts

I also have a collection of the best free fonts for birthday chalkboard posters!

The Best Free Fonts for Birthday Chalkboard Posters! | Where The Smiles Have Been


And I also have a tutorial showing how to turn your own handwriting into a font for FREE!



Preview ALL of Your Fonts at the Same Time!

Since you’ll now have lots of different fonts downloaded on your computer, you’ll probably want an easy way to see what they all look like, especially all the dingbat characters.

Well, you’re in luck, because I also have a tutorial for how to quickly and easily preview all of your fonts at the same time….what can I say, I just love digital arts (or really anything crafty) as well as whipping up tutorials.

Preview All Fonts


How to Make a Birthday Chalkboard Poster

I’ve also put together a full tutorial for how to make a birthday chalkboard poster!  Whoop Whoop!!  Find out all the juicy details and learn how to make your own!

How to Make a Birthday Chalkboard Poster | Where The Smiles Have Been


How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Poster on a Mac

Do you have a Mac?  Did you know you can easily make your own chalkboard poster on it….without needing Photoshop or other fancy software??  Well, you can!  Check out my tutorial showing you just how easy it is!

How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Poster on a Mac


Some of My Chalkboard Projects

Here are some chalkboard projects I’ve created using a bunch of the above fonts!

My Son’s First Birthday Chalkboard Poster

First Birthday Chalkboard Poster


My Niece’s Classic Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Chalkboard Poster

Classic Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Chalkboard Poster


Invitation to My Son’s Dinosaur First Birthday Party

Dinosaur First Birthday Party Invitation


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Where The Smiles Have Been




About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.


  1. I Love you girl, thanks, I was looking for this, You don’t know how long. This is my new favorite page. Thanks from Colombia

  2. This was so awesome – thank you so much for sharing!!

  3. Hi Christine, thank you for all the info and tutorials!!!! You’ve helped me a lot with my baby Maximiliano´s 1st birthday! I’m your number 1 venezuelan fan! Let me tell you we are living a real political, social and economical crisis and doing a birthday party is kind of impossible for many of us. Searching for ideas I found your amazing blog, ideas and tutorials, all free!!….. THANK YOU!!!!!! Sorry for my English! :P Regards from Venezuela!

  4. You are so great for posting all of these in ONE place! Thank you so much

  5. Thank you for all the great information you have posted. I am new to chalkboard printables, are these printed on regular paper with a regular printer? My niece has asked me to make some baby shower invites and just loves the chalkboards, just not sure how to print them. Thanks in advance for any help.

    • Hi Mistine! Most of my chalkboard printables I print out right at home, but I generally use photo paper (either matte or glossy). I just like the extra sturdiness the thicker paper provides, and I think you get crisper lines and brighter colors. You certainly can use regular paper though. I’ve also printed some chalkboards off at Staples as an Engineering print for a REALLY large party prop. Have fun designing! :)

  6. What font or dingbat did you use to get the dotted line dividers? I can’t seem to find it. Awesome tutorial by the way. Thank you for putting so many valuable resources together, and all in one spot!

  7. hi,
    while searching for DIY birthday chalkboard, I came across your blogs and they are very useful and easy to make.
    i have one technical question here,
    how to use symobls in the chalkboard, i have downloaded many symbolic fonts..but unable to get the perticular one I want on the board.
    i really need your help on this…i promised my daughter that she will have one and now i am stuck.

  8. I love searching for fonts, but it sure takes a lot of time. Thank you for sharing the links to all these fun dingbat fonts! What font did you use for your title “dingbat fonts”?

  9. Amanda Baucom says:

    How did you get a number to cover up the letter on the tooth?

  10. Priscilla Doria says:

    I love your very detailed post. It wa very helpful. I didn’t think I would be able to do this by myself. I was just wondering how do you change the angle of the words and pictures? I haven’t been able to do that and the vertical dotted lines. Please Help!

    • Hey Priscilla! So happy to hear you’ve found this helpful! If you’re referring to the vertical dotted line in Bergamot Ornaments, you can find the character map on the download page ( To get the vertical dotted line you type the ‘ apostrophe key. As far as changing the angle of the words, it depends on what program you’re using. In Photoshop, you just type out your word or import your image, click on it so a box appears around the entire word/image that has little boxes in the corners, then just click on a corner and move your mouse until you get the angle you want. If you’re using Preview in a Mac, I don’t think it has the ability to adjust the angle….I *think* you can only use words that are horizontal text.

  11. This is so cute! What font did you use for the dots as dividers>

    • Thanks so much, Ashley! The divider dots are from Bergamot Ornaments. If you visit the link, there’s a character map that shows all the dingbats and their accompanying characters. There are a few different dotted ones. Hope this helps!

      • Priscilla Doria says:

        I already downloaded the bergamot ornaments font but i can’t get the vertical lines. What can Do to make it stay?It’ll show for a second and it goes back to the apostrophe. Please Help!

        • Hmmmm, Priscilla, I’m not sure what to tell you….I’m not very technological! When I use it in Photoshop the characters stay just fine. Maybe contact the developer of the font to see if he/she has any insight? Sorry to hear you’re having trouble!

        • she is pushing the ` (backwards apostrophe above the tab) key! i just figured it out because i have been wondering too!

  12. Hey Christine,

    I’m a little late to the party on this, but on your son’s first birthday sign I noticed you created a banner that says “Happy 1st Birthday!” and I am curious which dingbat fonts you used?

    Thank you for sharing all of this information! I am hoping my son’s first birthday poster turns out almost as cute as Rowan’s!

    • Hello there, Heather! I’m so happy to hear you’re working on your son’s birthday poster, too!

      For the “Happy 1st Birthday” banner, I used a font called KG A Little Swag. To get the different colors, I used multiple text layers (one orange layer for the background, one layer alternating blue and green and also some white for the string). If you download the font, there’s a PDF guide that gives instructions on how to use it too. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions, and good luck with your poster! :)

  13. Thank you for putting up this blog! I’m so excited to create a custom poster for our daughter, rather than paying someone to do one for us. I’m excited to put all the love only a mama can into each piece.

    I may be a ding dong… how do you use your downloaded fonts in the preview program? (;

    Sheesh…. And I’m sure it’s an easy thing to do, but my brain when my child won’t nap can’t handle the figuring out.

    • Haha Mandy, I know all about having a momma-brain! And you’re no “ding dong”!

      To download and the fonts, you just click on the download button on each font’s webpage. That will then download the font file to your Downloads folder. Most of them come in a .zip file, so you’ll need to unzip it in order to see and install the actual font file. To do this, just double-click on the .zip folder, then you should see the font file (usually a .ttf or .otf format), and sometimes there’s other files in there too like a terms of use or a preview file. Double-click on your font file and it should open up a preview window with all the characters and there should be an install button you can click. Once you do that, the font should then be installed in your Font Book and be able to be used in your Preview program! (If you currently have Preview open and running, you’ll need to close out of it and open it back up in order to see the newly downloaded fonts.)

      Here’s a better explanation straight from Apple:

      If you need help seeing what actual letters and numbers you need to type to view the various dingbats, I sometimes just type out each individual character until I find what I’m looking for. Other times I’ll go back to the font’s download page on the website that I downloaded it from to see their character map. Usually though I’ll go to and type out the entire alphabet A-Z (lower and uppercase) as well as ALL numbers and punctuation characters to see what all the dingbats look like. I have a longer explanation of what is if you’d like to see it here:

      Hope this helps! Thanks for visiting, and best of luck creating your poster for your daughter!! :)

      • OK.. Gonna bless my own heart here… Had to restart the computer so preview decided to recognize all my new beautiful fonts and dingbats. Good Lord…..!! Your instructions were perfect!!!
        We have a beautiful first birthday chalkboard finished now that I’m just thrilled over because I did it myself. Thank you again for all of your time and expertise in putting your entire blog, and specifically this post, together!

        • Wahoo, glad to hear you got it working, Mandy!! I agree….everything is better when you make it yourself. I’m sure your daughter (when she’s older) and all the party guests will just love the poster you created. Way to go, girl! :) Glad I could help!

  14. What font did you use to get the shape of the tooth?


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