Fabulous & Free Chalkboard Fonts

I am a huge fan of all things crafty….wreaths, decor, Silhouette projects, gifts, holiday fun….you name it, I love it (I haven’t gotten into sewing yet though….but it’s on my bucket list!).  I also really love digital arts, especially creating fun graphical prints in Photoshop.  And I must admit that I have a vice when it comes to my digital creations…..FONTS!

I am a total font junkie.  I go on binges downloading free font after free font….sometimes I snap out of my font-induced haze and think “What day is it??  Where am I??”  It’s really quite embarrassing.

One of my newest obsessions is creating chalkboard prints (how trendy, I know), and I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite chalkboard fonts….and they’re all available online for free!

These are some of my favorite fonts that work great with chalkboard backgrounds.  As of this post’s publication, they’re all available for free online (most are available free for personal use only, so please double check their terms of use).  You can find a link to each font below the image.  Enjoy!

Fabulous & Free Chalkboard Fonts

Ribeye Marrow | Sketch Block | Schalk | DotNess | Janda Stylish Script | Grutch Shaded | Sandbox Melodrama | Beyond Wonderland | Nineteen Oh Five | Urban Class | Quickie | Orange Juice | KG Broken Vessels Sketch | Janda Curlygirl Pop | Return To Sender | Pea Ellie Bellie  | KG Ten Thousands Reasons Alt | Chalk Hand Lettering Shaded | Vtks Love Love | Who Needs Consistency | King Cool KC | Pea Bev |


More Awesome Chalkboard Fonts!

Be sure and check out some of my other favorite chalkboard font collections too!

Here's a collection of some GORGEOUS hand-scripted chalkboard fonts! | Where The Smiles Have Been

50 MORE Fabulous and Free Chalkboard Fonts

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



If you ever thought about turning your own handwriting into a font (admit it, you know you have), I’ve got a tutorial showing you how to do just that (it’s super easy and FREE!):



Aaaaaand, now that you’ve got all these awesome fonts downloaded, you’ll probably want a way to preview them all at once!:

Preview All Your Fonts at the Same Time


I’ve also compiled a list of my favorite sites that offer awesome FREE digital resources!  High-quality fonts, SVGs, backgrounds, digital scrapbooking, Photoshop fun….it’s all covered here!  And most include commercial rights too!

Where to Find the Best FREE Digital Resources: Fonts, SVGs, Clip Art, & MORE! | Where The Smiles Have Been


How to Make a Birthday Chalkboard Poster

I’ve also written a complete, step-by-step tutorial for how to make a birthday chalkboard poster that you may be interested in!

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


Wanna know how to make a cute little banner for a chalkboard poster?  I’ve got ya covered!

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


If you’d like to know how to create your own chalkboard poster on a Mac without Photoshop, you can check out a tutorial I created here:

How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Poster on a Mac


Some Projects Using These Chalkboard Fonts

I used some of the above fonts (and dingbats) for my son’s first birthday chalkboard poster:

First Birthday Chalkboard Poster


And for my niece’s Classic Alice in Wonderland first birthday chalkboard poster:

Classic Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Chalkboard Poster


And here’s one I made for her second birthday….this one is zoo-themed AND with a photo!

Zoo-Themed Birthday Chalkboard Poster | Where The Smiles Have Been


I made a quick chalkboard sign to announce the upcoming arrival of our next little one, with the help of our firstborn. :)

Sibling Pregnancy Announcement Chalkboard Sign | Where The Smiles Have Been


Here’s a quick sign I did for Rowan’s first day of pre-school!

DIY First Day of School Chalkboard Sign Photo Prop | Where The Smiles Have Been


Some of these also came in handy when making the invitations for my son’s dinosaur first birthday party:

Dinosaur Birthday Part Invitation

Make sure you check out my Project Gallery for lots more crafty creations!

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. Hope you still check on comments for this article. I was wondering if you have to use a ton of printer ink every time you make a chalk poster? Do you use a special white ink on black paper?

  2. Hi,
    Can you tell me the font you use on your website tabs and headings? It’s the one used on “Fabulous and Free Chalkboard Fonts”. I love it. It’s unique and readable.

    Thank you

  3. Jodi Burns says:

    Can you download fonts to a tablet that has word? I tried but I don’t see them anywhere.
    So want to try all this fun stuff

  4. Samantha says:

    Hi! Love these fonts! Quick question… what font is the word “font” right under chalkboard at the top of the poster?

  5. Hi, hello..do you know if it could be done in a regular computer>? I dont have a Mac..:(

    • Hmmmm, Melisa, I’m not too sure what you’re referring to. Are you asking about how to create a chalkboard poster with another program similar to Mac’s Preview? Or about downloading chalkboard fonts?

      If it’s the former, I’ve had a Mac for years and years, so my recollection of Windows computers is a little fuzzy. You could probably do something similar in Word or PowerPoint. If it’s the latter, then yes! You can certainly download these chalkboard fonts and use on your regular computer. Hope this helps!

  6. I would love to add some more fonts to use for my silhouette projects, but it seems like every time I try downloading one from a free site, my computer gets a virus. Is there any tried and true sites that you know of that I could try? My friend has a Mac and she doesn’t seem to have this problem.

  7. Hi, can you tell me which font did you use in writing “By: Where The Smile Have Been”, in the first blackboard image.

  8. Can I ask what your Store name font is called? I guess its the same font that has the apple symbol you used in the image Create your own chalkboard poster on a Mac!

  9. Thank you so much for the information. Looking at your chalkboard posters the fonts really look like chalk, do you change them in Photoshop to appear like that our it is the font itself. My poster doesn’t look that real!!!

    thank you again

    • Hey Claudia! Nope, nothing extra is done to them in Photoshop. I just type them out and change their colors. Some fonts just look more “chalky” and/or hand-drawn than others. You can always try playing with the opacity too. Hope this helps!

  10. Stephaie says:

    What am I doing wrong? I have downloaded a couple of fonts, but I can’t open them in Microsoft Word? Please HELP! :)

    • Hey Stephanie! After you download the fonts, you need to install them into your computer’s Font folder. If you currently have Word open, you’ll also need to close then reopen it in order for the fonts to show up. There are lots of resources online for how to install fonts for every type of computer and operating system, so just Google whatever you have to learn the specifics if you need them. Hope this helps!

      • Ok I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I downloaded the fonts but they are not showing up when I add a text box, highlight it and try to change the font to the downloaded ones. I see them in the font book but not in the drop down selection of fonts in the Preview.

  11. PINNING THIS!! I’ve found myself down that same font rabbit-hole at times. This is an awesome round-up of chalkboard fonts! Thanks for sharing them, Christine :)

  12. Thanks for this list! I love chalkboard fonts. It’s a good tip to check the terms of use for each font.

  13. Tracey Holden says:

    Hey Christine,
    I have searched and searched to find the font you used on your “fabulous and free chalkboard fonts”. Specifically the font used for the “fabulous and free”. Can you tell me the name and where to find?
    Thanks in advance,

    • Hey Tracey! That font is called Janda Curlygirl Serif, and it can be downloaded from the same link as the Janda Curlygirl Pop from above (they’re all part of the same font file…and there’s even a third variation called Janda Curlygirl Chunky!). Hope that helps! :)

  14. Hi!
    Love your birthday posters!! Great list of free fonts too. What is the font you used for the words My First Birthday! on Rowen’s poster?
    I can’t wait to check out wordmark, thanks!!

  15. For some reason when I download the fonts and try to open them on my silhouette program, none of the files are supported. What can I do to fix that?

  16. Thank you so much for the effort that went into this! I absolutely love how you presented your chalkboard fonts. Just brilliant.

    • Why thank you, Liezl! I’m glad you enjoy it! I love creating chalkboard designs, so I thought this would be helpful information to share with others. Thanks for taking the time to check it out!

  17. Thank you for sharing this. What font did you use for the word chalkboard just below Fabulous and Free?

  18. the first time I’ve downloaded fonts, but quite sure that there will be much more :)!
    thank you for your great overview,
    xoxo, B

  19. I love your website! Thanks so much for sharing and helping others figure out how to make cute things for our kids. I really like your pennant that says Happy 1st Birthday at the top of Rowan’s poster. How did you do that? Thanks!

    • Hey Elizabeth! That pennant banner was made with a dingbat font called KG A Little Swag. I made it in Photoshop Elements by first typing out the saying (the longer pennants are capital letters but the shorter ones are lowercase) then I alternated the colors blue and green. I then made a second layer behind it that were all solid pennants that I colored orange and then offset a little bit to make it look like an orange shadow, and to fill in the letters with orange. Then I made a third layer for the white hanging string.

      It probably sounds complicated but it’s really not. :) Just several different text layers since it’s a dingbat font. Let me know if you need any further clarification and I’ll try to explain it better!

  20. Jennifer Pinasco says:

    Hey Jennifer again! I’ve downloaded all the fonts but when I go to wordmark they dont show up. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Hmmmm, Jennifer….I have no idea why you’re having problems with the fonts not showing up on wordmark.it! These fonts show up just fine when I use it. That’s so strange. I think I’ve seen a couple times where one or two of my fonts won’t load, but not a whole chunk. I’m not techy (as you’re well aware) ;), so maybe reach out to the creator of wordmark?

  21. Thank you so much for this roundup!!! It really is fantastic! I just got done downloading and cannot wait to start playing with these for a baby shower I am throwing this spring! THANK YOU!!

    • Oh Sherri, you are so very welcome! I’m very happy to hear that you found this helpful! I plan on doing another roundup soon….there are just so many awesome fonts out there! Thanks for stopping by and have fun with the baby showering planning!

  22. Wonderful stuff! But how to get the “teeth” font?? I searched a lot and couldn’t find anywhere. Please can you help? TIA. Cheers!

  23. My computer will never let me download free fonts because of the malware that is hidden in them. The anti virus picks it up everytime….nothing is ever really free is it?? Would love to know how people are actually getting these fonts…a question I have is if you are a success at downloading them….do they go right to your font program?? I am trying to do a birthday poster for my GS with the black foam board and the crayola chalk crayons….I like the idea of handwritten fonts opposed to the printed boards I see online.

    Your posters look great! Would love to do one as pro looking as those.

    • Hey Bette! I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems downloading fonts! I’ve never had such an issue. I’m using a Mac, though, and they tend to do very well against viruses and malware. Every once in a while, I’ll download a font and when I go to install it, a warning box will pop up saying something like “Warning! Two errors found. Proceed with caution.” So I forgo on installing those….I’m not sure if that’s virus-related or a design flaw in the font file. I used to have a PC too and was font crazy then as well….I downloaded fonts onto it no problem, even with my McAfee antivirus software running. I’m not sure why you’re having difficulties!

      Regarding your question about where the fonts go: When you click ‘download’, a file (usually a .zip file) will go to your Downloads folder. You’ll then need to go there, find the font’s file, unzip it if necessary, then find the file with your font’s name that is usually ending in .ttf or .otf and install it….that will then install the font into your computer’s font book, which you can then use in any program like any other font.

      Hope this helps! Good luck with your poster!

  24. Thanks, Christine – totally not your fault. Took a little while, but I got it all off my computer.

  25. I downloaded these free fonts and malware was put on my computer (Vosteran). Apparently, it was bundled into the free fonts. Just wanted to let you know as I love your site.

    • Oh no, Melissa! So sorry to hear that! I’ve downloaded hundreds and hundreds of fonts from these various sites and have never had an issue. Thanks for passing the feedback along!

  26. Found this on Pinterest.. Love it!! Thanks!


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