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Chalkboard Countdown to the Last Day of School

Apr 21, 2015 By Kim Byers
Chalkboard Countdown to the Last Day of School

Hi there! Kim from The Celebration Shoppe here with a fun way to get the kids excited for the last day of school… a Chalkboard Countdown… as if they need a reason to be more excited than they already are!

DIY Chalkboard Sign // Last Day of School Countdown Sign by TheCelebrationShoppe.com for Joann.com

Here’s what you’ll need to make a chalkboard countdown to the last day of school and you can find it all at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores:

• Chalkboard 12×12 (this one is magnetic for my next chalkboard project!)
• Frame 12×12
Cricut Explore Air (or Cricut Explore with bluetooth adapter)*
• Cricut Design Space app for iPad® (or you can use your desktop/laptop if you don’t have an iPad)
• My Countdown graphic in Design Space (personalizing, resizing, etc. is so easy!)
• 12×12 Cricut Mat
• Cricut Vinyl Stencil
• Cricut Transfer Tape
• Chalk marker, fine tip
• Optional: Tape, Ruler

Now for the simple steps:

DIY Chalkboard Sign // Last Day of School Countdown Sign by TheCelebrationShoppe.com for Joann.com

1. Cut stencil – open the project in Design Space, insert mat with vinyl and cut.

2. Transfer design – measure center placement of chalkboard. Tape edges down so it doesn’t shift. Overlay transfer tape onto design and pull it away slowly taking your design with it. (Learn more about how to use transfer tape. LINK: http://blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com/2015/04/14/boy-bedroom-idea-easy-personalized-baseball-vinyl-decals-100-giveaway/)

3. Apply stencil to chalkboard – place design in the exact same place, centered to chalkboard. Pull transfer tape up slowly from the top. (Tip: For intricate details, like letters, use a ruler to hold the letters in place while you pull the backer away. Then cut off any backer already removed so that it doesn’t restick.)

4. Trace and decorate – using a fine tip chalkboard marker, outline the entire design. Then add pattern and detail to the books and apple if you like. I’m a stripe fan hence the striped apple! {wink}

5. Change numbers – I used the stencil for day one of the countdown, but on day two we just used a damp paper towel to erase the number and the kids wrote it back on. Not perfect, but oh so cute!

Tip: A small paint brush and water is the perfect eraser if you slip up when using a chalk pen.

DIY Chalkboard Sign // Last Day of School Countdown Sign by TheCelebrationShoppe.com for Joann.com

I placed my chalkboard countdown in the living room so that it’s a friendly reminder to the kiddos that although we’re working hard on end-of-school projects and taking tests, the end is near!

*By the way, did you see that Cricut just came out with the Explore One LINK: http://www.joann.com/cricut-explore-one-electronic-cutting-machine/14242119.html?icn=CricutExploreOne&ici=categorybanner? It’s the same great machine, but a bit less expensive than the Cricut Explore (one step cut & write) and Cricut Explore Air (one step cut & write plus wireless). It’s the perfect starter machine because you can upgrade it if you want those other features. Compare all three machines and let’s get crafting LINK: http://www.joann.com/cricut-explore-one-electronic-cutting-machine/14242119.html?icn=CricutExploreOne&ici=categorybanner!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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