How To Make A Birthday Milestone Board
Hi everyone! This week we've partnered with Lettering by Karen to show you the process of creating a DIY milestone board on a clear acrylic surface. To keep things organized, Karen broke down the milestone board into 4 parts: a main banner, stat circles, interests, & decorations.
Materials You'll Need
- Kassa metallic chalk markers (now including the rose gold color)
- Large roll of art paper, cut to 24" x 48" size
- Clear acrylic plexiglass, 24" x 48" size
Grab your art paper and a pencil. Start by making a simple banner by following these steps:
Step 1: Pencil in your child's name centered at the top of your paper. If you are using the same size plexiglass that I am, make the name about 4 inches long. You can keep it simple or add some lettering effects.
Step 2: Draw a curved line above the name. This will be the top of your banner. You can make it as long or as short as you like.
Step 3: Draw a matching curved line for the bottom of your banner. This line should be slightly shorter. Its ok if it’s not absolutely perfect…remember, this is art!
Step 4: Connect your top and bottom lines with two short vertical ones.
Step 5: Draw a line a little more than halfway up each side of your banner to create the top of the “tails.” Then draw another line below the banner that is a little longer and ends closer to the center.
Step 6: You can leave your tails open or close them off by drawing a sideways “v” shape, connecting the top and bottom.
Step 7: Make a small curving line connecting the bottom corner of your banner to the place where the tail connects to it. This creates the appearance that the banner is folded.
Just remember, don’t worry about perfection here. The sides don’t have to be identical…they wouldn’t be on a real banner either.
Next, create 3 large circles that will represent the most important numbers. Here the circles represent "age", "height", & "weight"
Step 1: Take a bowl or plate and trace 3 same size circles under the banner
Step 2: Write a title for each stat circle.
Step 3: Draw some simple leaves around the circle for decorations
Step 4: Fill in the center with big numbers that represent your child's stats.
Now a good portion of your board is filled in. The rest will be for any variety of fun facts you’d like to include about your baby. Things like:
- I love…
- I can (say/do)…
- My favorites…
- I love to eat…
Karen filled the top of the remaining portion of the chalkboard with “I love to” phrases in nice, big letters that span the width of that space. Then, for some visual interest, Karen divided up the bottom portion in two or three sections, to have smaller areas where some other fun facts can be included.
Before beginning a new line, place a ruler beneath where you plan to write the letters, to make each line straight and level. Again, remember to choose a different style of writing for each line and practice ahead of time if you’re not really comfortable with a particular font.
The remaining space on the bottom can be filled with decorations. In this case it was birthday cupcakes.
Tracing with the Chalk Markers
Now that you completed all the parts of your milestone board and filled each section in with your child's stats and info, it's time to put it all together. Take the acrylic plexiglass and place it on top of your art paper. Then grab some chalk markers and trace over your drawings and writing.
You can even blend colors together for your words. Try taking the rose gold color and coloring the top half of your child's name. Then use the regular gold marker for the bottom half. This will give a very cool ombre effect. Take your time and trace over every section until you finished the entire chalkboard.