I’m finally sharing the DIY chalkboard sign that I talked about a few weeks ago!
This is one of the easiest DIY projects that I have taken on. Why is it that when I start a DIY project, I ALWAYS end up loathing it?! Does anyone else feel that way?
Luckily, this is not one of those projects. It’s a lot of computer work which takes out some of the human error. Since I’m a perfectionist, that’s probably why I like it. I made my first chalkboard signs a few years ago for my Nana and Mimi. I put the hymn “How Great Thou Art” on them because it’s a hymn I always remember them singing in church when we would go with them.
Side note. In that picture above, that Santa was made by my Mom, Nana, and Mimi. They used to have a crafting business called Generations and they sold adorable wooden cutouts like that. And that little nativity scene in front is from my Nana. Perfect for apartment living and so cute!
The first step for this project is to find a blank chalkboard picture. You can find one if you do a Google Image search for chalkboards. Save that to your computer. Open the chalkboard in a photo editing program like Photoshop or Picmonkey. I use Picmonkey because it’s awesome and it’s free. Then I downloaded some cute handwriting fonts from www.dafont.com.
Back in Picmonkey, I added a text box over the chalkboard picture and typed in the saying I wanted to use in the font I downloaded. For this chalkboard, I went with my favorite Christmas song, “O Holy Night.” I then rotated and resized the text until I was happy with how it looked. Next I saved it and uploaded it to the Staples website.
Staples has a print called the engineering print which is a giant black and white print that is really cheap. I’ve seen people do some really cool projects with engineering prints. In this case, I chose a 24 x 36 engineering print and submitted it for printing. I then went and bought pieces of foam board that were the closest in size to the print. In this case, I had to tape two pieces of foam board together.
Now to assemble the project. I trimmed the print to match the size of the foam board. You can adhere the print to the foam board using liquid glue, a glue stick, or spray adhesive. This time, I used liquid glue and it became a little wrinkly so be careful with that. I was in a hurry to get this done so that didn’t really matter to me. Voila! An easy (and cheap) Christmas print that’s easy to store during the off season! Also that may be the biggest poinsettia I’ve ever seen in the picture above!