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
The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project. I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library. These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others. This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here. Look for the file called Deck the Halls Countdown. It will either be listed under the Christmas category-25 Days of Craftmas 2018 – Day 3.
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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