Monday, 26 January 2015

DIY Birthday Chalkboard



If you saw my post a️bout Harry's first birthday party you would have seen the birthday "chalkboard" I made all by myself *smiles a big chuffed smile*! It was actually super easy to make but took some planning and careful calligraphy!
If you would like to make your own birthday chalkboard, rather than paying the £25+ that Etsy demands, then keep reading!


You will need:

*a black foam board (mine is an A1 from Hobbycraft)
*metallic pens (mine are Papermania Fluid Metallic Pens that are specifically for writing on dark backgrounds)
*a ruler
*a pencil
*a rubber
*some scrap paper for drafting




Firstly you want to jot down some ideas for your board, things like what your little one is loving right now, how many teeth they have, favourite book, what they weigh or measure, what they dislike, things that they can do etc etc etc..

Secondly you want to draft your design on a plain piece of paper. Use a pencil and rubber as you will need to play around a bit to see which bits you can fit where


Font styles from DaFont.com
I used a website called da font to copy various fonts onto my board although you can just make up your own or doodle it in your own handwriting!

Once you are happy with your layout transfer it carefully into your foam board, again with pencil so you can correct any mistakes - unless you are brave enough to go straight in with your pens!!!
Then go over your wording with your metallics adding little drawings, stars, hearts, crowns or whatever fits with your theme! Use a ruler to section off your writing but be careful making sure its straight!


 It really is as easy as that! I plan to do one every year until Harry is like 21.... Hmmm!



I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Will you be making a birthday chalkboard??!
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4 comments

  1. Lucie, thank you for doing this post! I've been going Pinterest mad recently, ready to plan Aria's first birthday in June (I've five months, I know, but time flies sooo quickly with a baby!). I've been wanting to make one of these for her since seeing yours for Harry!

    Hope you and the little man are well, and you've not too long to wait until 'the big day!'

    Nicola xx
    www.lovelittlepoppins.co.uk

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  2. Wow this is amazing! What a good idea. x

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  3. This is such a good idea, it looks amazing. I'm now very tempted to try one myself for my little one's first birthday! Thanks x

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  4. What fantastic idea you have shared! I am dying to try this out for my daughter’s birthday. Thanks for sharing this idea. Well, I am going to hire the event planning services. I hope they’ll organize a perfect birthday party for her!

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