Can you believe summer is almost over? School is starting soon and I wanted to create this fun sign for my friend’s little one that’s starting school in a month. This DIY back to school sign is really easy, and takes about an hour or two to make with the drying time. What are you waiting for? Jump in and make one for your kiddo (or your friends’)!
Supplies needed to make your own DIY back to school sign:
- 8 x 10″ Painting Panel
- Chalkboard Paint
- White Acrylic Paint
- Template (download the design here)
- Transfer Tape
- Sponge Brush
- Electronic Die-Cutter
Step 1. Paint your panel. If it has rough edges, sand the edges down to remove any wood sticking up. Use one or two coats – covering it up perfectly is not necessary as this will be covered with black chalkboard paint in the next steps.
Step 2. Weed the design – download the free design, trace and size it based on the board size you are using. Cut and weed the negative parts.
Step 3. Transfer the design onto the board, making sure the paint is dry before adhering your image. Remove the transfer tape and make sure all the elements are adhered.
Step 4. Now, using a sponge or sponge brush, dab your black chalkboard paint onto the board, making sure not to overload the sponge to lessen any bleeding. Cover the board until no white shows through, and paint the sides of the board as well to make it look clean and finished.
Step 5. Once the paint is fully dry, remove the vinyl letters. You can use a weeding tool or an X-acto knife to help remove all the details!
And you are done with your DIY back to school sign! Use a chalk marker to fill in the details or even just plain old chalk – once you have taken photos, just erase, store and you’re good to go for the next year! Are you excited about the upcoming school season?
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.