Sunday, October 14, 2012

"C" is for Chalkboard Sign

Build: knock off chalkboard sign

I made this sign for a birthday party, borrowing the idea from Pottery Barn's Peter Rabbit chalkboard sign in their Spring 2011 catalog:

Here it is at the bakery for the party:
(You can see how I made the gingham trimmed burlap bunting here.)

Here's how I made the chalkboard sign:

1. Cut 1/2" plywood to 24" x 27".
Make a craft paper template.  Cut the craft paper same size as wood then fold in half and half again:
Draw curvy edges:

2. Cut out curvy edges and unfold:

3. Place template on top of plywood and trace around edges:

4. Using a jigsaw cut out curvy edges then sand smooth:

5. Paint two coats black chalkboard paint.
Add pink detail edge, I needed 3 coats to get the pink opaque:

6. Season the chalkboard by rubbing chalk all over then erase with cloth:

7. Start adding lettering:

8. Add hook eyes into edge board at top:

We ended up not using the hooks but they're ready for next time.

A great, fast and easy project that's reusable for any occasion.

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  1. It looks great as always Jamie! I made a similiar scroll chalkboard sign for a craft show I did a few weeks ago - but I love the idea of a colored edge!

  2. What a fabulous chalkboard! Cute, practical and just plain lovely! Well done!

  3. I found your blog from another blog that was posted on my facebook page, but I can't remember who it was now. :(

    I love this project and have a question.

    How did you get the writing/letters to line up so perfectly or are you just that good? LOL

    Thanks, Angie

  4. i was wondering too how you got your lettering so good - wish i could do that!!
    erincyoung (at)

  5. I was just thinbkgin about making a chalkboard about that shape! You were a step ahead of me!
    I hadn't thought about the detailing around the edge, though. Good thinking!
    Love it...

  6. this is a very cute shape for a blackboard. Great blog too!