I can’t believe that it’s almost time for kids to go back to school! We had a great summer full of sleeping in, making memories, and lots of popsicles but now we’re elbow deep in school supplies and new clothes. Whether we like it or not, summer is most definitely on its way out. One of our favorite traditions is to take a “first day of school” picture as a yearly document on just how much kids change in a year. Usually, we just use a marker and a piece of paper to write out what grade each child is going into but this year, I thought it would be fun to make a reusable sign. You won’t believe how easy it was to make!
To make your own First Day of School Reusable Sign, you’re going to need a Full Sheet of Chalkboard Sticker Paper from OnlineLabels.com, a board or frame to stick the chalkboard to, the free printable file found below, and a cutting machine (or a steady hand and craft knife.) I absolutely love working with full sheets of chalkboard sticker paper because it truly allows for as much customization as your heart desires!
Paint the background of your wood surface any color you desire. Remember that whatever color of paint you use will also be the color of the words and border. This step is totally optional and depends on what kind of board you select as a background. If you do decide to go with untreated wood (like in my example), the paint will help the chalkboard stick better.
Using the free file found above, run the chalkboard sticker through your cutting machine. Depending on your cutting machine, you may have to convert the PDF to an SVG file before cutting. Weed out the letters and border.
Apply transfer paper to the front of the chalkboard sticker.
Remove the protective backing from the chalkboard.
Stick in place on the center of the wood frame. Done and done!
Now, all that’s left to do is write in your child’s grade with either a piece of chalk or a chalk marker and have them hold the First Day of School Reusable Sign as you take a picture. When they’re done complaining about taking the picture, just wipe down the board and reuse next year. So easy and practical, right? Hope you and your child have a great school year!