crafts & diy

First Birthday Chalkboard

Chalkboard art is not just for supermarket delis anymore.  I’m sure you’ve seen all the adorable chalkboards out there, mostly on Pinterest.  Where else?  First birthday ones, pregnancy ones, dinner menus, etc.  And I feel like you can’t go anywhere anymore without seeing chalkboard paint.  I don’t know about you, but my handwriting is terrible.  I think the internet age has really made it unnecessary to handwrite anything and it shows.

So instead of developing patience or practicing my handwriting, I decided to make one on the computer.  Ordering one off Etsy is fine if you can afford it, and it will probably come out better…but I couldn’t justify that since we were doing her party on a budget.  I came across a free download of a chalkboard print at How to Nest for Less.  You can also download it right here:

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It’s an 8×10 so it’ll fit nice on your printer paper or if you decide to print it at a photo place (which is what I did).  You can edit it for free at http://www.picmonkey.com or if you have Photoshop or another photo editing software.  PicMonkey has limited fonts, so if you’re lucky enough to have Photoshop, visit http://www.dafont.com to download some free chalkboard fonts.  It’ll come out cuter than mine did.

That’s it.  Simple.  Easy.  Cute.  Here’s the one I made for my daughter’s first birthday party, which you can read about here.

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The chalkboard was really fun and easy to make, and I printed it at my local grocery store photo kiosk.  Popped it into a wooden frame and placed it on the taco bar at the party.  All the guests loved looking at her info while they waited for food.  It was a really easy thing to do, but made a big impact!  Love those kinds of things.

Or, you can just print out the blank chalkboard and pop it in a magnetic frame or laminate.  Use a white or silver dry erase marker and have a less messy version of a menu board.  The options are truly endless!

Let me know what you make with your chalkboard printout!