Welcome to day 3 of my 25 Days of Craftmas series! If you missed the previous projects, you can see day 1 here and day 2 here. I hope you’ve enjoyed the first two countdown projects. My kids sure have. They’ve been playing with the dry erase countdown plate all weekend! I have a feeling they’re going to like this one just as much!
I got a package of liquid chalk markers during Amazon Prime Day and I’ve been so excited to find a project to use them with. This turned out to be the perfect one! I’ve had to keep them hidden away from my kids, so they wouldn’t ruin them before I had the chance to use them! Can you relate?
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO
Cut your wood to the size and sand until it’s smooth. I used the back of a sign I purchased from the dollar store for my sign. It measures approx. 10.5″ x 13.5″ Use a smooth finish paint roller to paint on the chalkboard paint. You’ll need to do several light coats in order to cover the wood.
While the paint is drying, cut out the vinyl to make your stencil. I sized my vinyl decal to about 9.5″ x 12.5″, then I added a .5″ border around all the sides to create a stencil.
Cut the vinyl with your machine, weed away the excess vinyl, and apply the transfer tape. Make sure you weed away the inside of the letters so you can stencil that negative space.
Prime your chalkboard sign by turning a piece of chalk on its side and rubbing it over the entire board. Wipe off with a dry rag or paper towel.
Then, apply the vinyl to your chalkboard sign.
Rub over the entire image to be sure it sticks, then carefully remove the transfer tape.
Now the fun part! Trace over the letters with the liquid chalk markers. Use light quick strokes to prevent bleeding. Also, use as few strokes as possible. Try not to go back and forth over the letters like you’re painting. Since this is a chalkboard sign, you want it to look a little imperfect, so the letters shouldn’t be completely solid.
To prevent the chalk from smudging, lightly spray over all the letters with hairspray. Once that has dried, carefully remove the vinyl. If there are any bad bleeds, you can clean them up with a cotton swab dipped in water.
Drill two holes on the top and add ribbon or twine to hang. Add your numbers to start counting down the days until Christmas.
Add your numbers to start counting down the days until Christmas. Use a damp paper towel to erase the numbers.
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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library