Meet the Sullivans: DIY Chalkboard Birthday Sign

January 11, 2013

DIY Chalkboard Birthday Sign

Update: The finished chalkboard.

Back when I started brainstorming ideas for Owen's birthday and began pinning ideas on Pinterest I found a few cute ways to incorporate a chalk board into the decor. I love chalkboards as decor for parties and I especially like the idea for a Circus / Carnival themed party.

Originally I found a few cute inspirations like this beautiful soiree chalkboard, this adorable birthday poster that can be purchased for $52 dollars via Etsy and this tutorial for how to make your own chalkboard using plywood that can be found on one of my favorite blogs.

I knew I wasn't going to spend $50+ dollars on a chalkboard poster, but I find the "birthday stats" really cute, so I decided to create my own version.

Here is what I used:

-Chalkboard plywood, cut to size
-Chalk Ink pens
-White chalk
-Computer & printer
-Free chalkboard fonts (birmingham, SF covington shadow, handy george, peach sundress, makes you stronger, bergamont ornaments)

1. I started by deciding what fonts to use, what I wanted it to say and how I wanted the layout to look. 2. Once I printed out all of my wording on to regular printer paper I used this technique and traced the letters onto my chalkboard, and then traced over them again with the chalkboard markers.

I bought the chalkboard plywood at Home Depot and had it cut down to the size I wanted. Originally I was going to buy plywood, have it cut to size and paint it with chalkboard paint myself. But when I saw the chalkboard plywood a few feet away I went with that instead. So much easier!

The final product is so cute! I am really happy with the way it turned out. I can't wait to share the finished chalkboard with you after Owen's First Birthday party!

Happy Friday, friends!

1 comment:

Krysta P said...

Thanks for this. Looking to make one for my daughter for her birthday. I love the ones on Etsy but they're too expensive.

Question though. Using the trace technique you found, did your ink pens not get chalk all over them and then not work?