Do It Yourself (DIY)

DIY Chalkboard Sign – 1st Attempt

Here’s my first attempt at making a chalkboard sign.  It was for my daughter’s preschool spring carnival (cowpoke theme).  Naturally, I had to do things the “easy” way.  Why go out and by a chalkboard when you can make one yourself.  wink! wink!  No seriously, when one of the parents brought it a piece of plywood (for reuse), I jumped at the idea.  Everything I needed was available at the hardware store (see materials below).

Cowpoke Carnival Sign 2015

Once I got home I started spreading the “plastic wood” over all the holes and cracked in the plywood.  When it dried (about 1-2 hours), I started sanding it down with a hand held electric sander.  Then I sprayed 1-2 coats of primer and then 1-2 coats of chalkboard paint (letting it dry after each coat of course).  The result was a smooth slate-like chalkboard surface.  I wasn’t expecting this, but was definitely pleased with the outcome.

As for the design, I basically followed the theme of the event flyer (western, cowpoke, etc).  I used regular chalk to create the background and chalk markers (Crafty Croc from Amazon) for the lettering.

There are plenty of other chalkboard designs to check out on the web.  I posted my favorites to my Pinterest site.

Materials:

1 pint of “Plastic wood” to smooth out the deep cracks and holes in the wood.
1 can of enamel spray paint (preferably white)
1 can of Rustoleum chalkboard paint
1 pack of colored chalk
1 pack of chalk markers

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