Back To School Board

  
Taking a break from candyland party prep this week, I made a back to school board for my daughter who will start preschool this year!

This project was very easy and inexpensive to make. As I was looking online for inspiration, I was drawn to boards that included fun facts about the child that will undoubtedly change as they age. On the other hand I did not want the board to be so busy that I could not read the information from a photo! This is what I ended up with.

Supplies:

  • Frame. I used a 16×20 Portrait frame from Michaels that was on sale for $9.99 this week! It has a plastic front that I liked for writing the information on.
  • Scrapbook sticker letters in the same color about 1 inch tall for each category on the board.
  • Scrapbook sticker letters for the child’s name about 2-2.5 inches tall.
  • Chalkboard paint or spray paint.
  • White pricing stickers (3/4 inch white circles).

  
Start by removing the picture’s backer (this one was cardboard). I painted about 3 coats of chalkboard paint onto the backer according to the paint directions. If you will be writing directly onto the chalkboard I would suggest more coats of paint!

 
 After you have painted the backer you can start with the stickers. Plan out on a scrap paper how you want the board laid out. Then mark out the dot lines with a pen to make sure they end up straight. I put my stickers directly on the chalkboard.

   

I chose to include the following information on my first day board:

  1. Grade level
  2. Year
  3. Favorite color
  4. I want to be…when I grow up
  5. I love…
  6. Teacher
  7. Inches tall
  8. I am…years old

I want to keep these pictures for myself, but I will also post on social media so I made sure not to include any information about the school.

After I had placed all of the stickers I replaced the plastic front and wrote all of my information on it to keep the chalkboard paint part mess free. In the past I have had chalkboard paint things begin to look dingy and I wanted this to last.

  
I think the board turned out great with minimal work and low cost! Overall it probably was around $15 of materials, but it was substantially cheaper than buying one readymade.  

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