Hey there, my name is Veronica from Veronica Letters and this week I'll be showing you how to make a personalized chalkboard sign for your kid's first day of school!
Materials you'll need:
- Any wooden board with a frame
- Kassa chalkboard contact paper
- Kassa fine tip liquid chalk markers
- Acrylic paints (any colors you want)
- Sponge applicators
Paint your wooden frame. You can choose a solid color or any combination of colors. I wanted a rainbow gradient so I chose 6 of the main colors: yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and green. I started to paint in a corner and then proceeded to add the next color to the top, and to the right, one by one. No matter how many colors you choose, it is best to work on small sections at a time because the paint will dry quickly and you want to be able to blend it all smoothly.
As your frame dries, roll out your chalkboard contact paper and flip it upside down. Place the backing for your frame on top to cut out the contact paper. Make sure to leave about a 1 inch border so you can fold the contact paper onto the back, giving you a seamless look all around.
Peel off the back of the contact paper and place it back down, sticky side up. Place the back of your frame on top and smooth over, checking the front for any air bubbles or creases. Before folding the edges of your contact paper over, cut out small triangles at every corner. This will prevent any excess contact paper at the edges of your folds, which would prevent the back to be nice and smooth.
Tip: If you are repurposing a frame where the backing does not come out, you can still cover it with the chalkboard contact paper. Simply measure the height and width of the space you want to cover up and use those measurements to cut out your contact paper. Once you have it cut, slowly peel and adhere the contact paper starting in one corner instead of peeling it all off at once.
Once your frame is dry, insert your backing to customize it! I like to work on it inside the frame because my frame takes up some of the chalkboard area and I do not want my letters to get cut off. But, feel free to use a pencil to measure a border if you prefer to letter on your chalkboard outside of the frame.
I chose a few of the most common topics for a First Day of School chalkboard, but feel free to customize it to your little one’ s interests! Below are some of the most common topics to record:
You can add as many or as little information on the chalkboard that you desire. It’s all about customizing it for your child!