August brings on the final days of summer - but here in the Southwest, school starts in the first few weeks of August! Hi everyone, it's Maureen with you today - and whether you are excited or sad that Summer is over, I have a project that will make you smile as school begins.
We're making a first day of school chalkboard - and this is all the rage! Many parents use it to help document that memorable first day of school - and I have an easy one you can make yourself! I'm using chalkboard paint, and the fun Cutting Board Wood Shiplap Shape from Clear Scraps.
I've started with 2 coats of a black chalkboard paint - according to directions, you will coat the first coat in one direction, then stroke the paint brush in the opposite direction for the 2nd coat. Let these each dry thoroughly between coats.
Next, I'm using a white chalk marker to write on the board, and my choice is a removable pen, where it can be wiped off easily. I wanted something that would show up well in pictures, so I've decided to use the ABC Lower Case Letter Stencils. I removed the letters from the storage ring and placed them out on the top of the board. I've taped down the stencils lightly so they don't move as I do so.
I'm working backwards, starting with the letter "T." Then I remove the stencil and do the next. By the way, the ABC letters also are a great choice for a personalized board, if you choose to do a name instead!
Taking my chalk pen, I gently trace the outside edge of the stencil letter. Then, I remove the stencil and color in the middle. Chalk pens are great for this project because they do not generally run underneath a stencil; however, if that happens, you can fix any edges with a wet paper towel.
I'm also adding dots to the edges of the letter with a fine tip chalk pen - there are so many ways to decorate these letters and this will match the overall theme nicely.
Next, I've chosen the apple shape from the Fall Wood Shapes collection, and traced it on a red polka dot paper. Cut this piece out and glue to the apple shape. I took some acrylic paint and did the stem in green. In addition, I've given this shape some dimension by dusting the outer edges in black ink with a sponge and adding a green twine bow at the top.
The apple is glued to the board with hot glue, and then I've added some words with a black glittery sticker set.
Final details on the board include adding dots to divide up spaces where you can write details about your student, and adding a rickrack ribbon to the top and bottom for color. I've glued those in place with a tacky glue.
My students are actually out of school now...and I sometimes miss those first day of school moments. But this board will make a fine gift for some other parent. How about you? Will you give this project a try? Feel free to save this project, and come find us out on Pinterest at Clear Scraps Crafting Inspiration Ideas. See you next time, everyone!
Additional supplies: black chalkboard paint and brushes, white chalk markers, red rickrack ribbon, polka dot card stock, green acrylic paint, green twine.