August 15, 2011

First Day of School Pics - chalkboard sign tutorial

I've always loved taking pictures of my kids on the first day of school with a sign that says what year they're going into - but normally I scrawl it onto a piece of paper really quickly  - - there's a look back at the end of this post....

But with all the cute chalkboard crafts lately, I wanted to make one as a photo prop.  And I thought it'd work great for first day of school pictures.  So here's how to make a chalkboard sign:

First, grab a scrap hunk of wood.  Cut a piece of out it - yes, I did this myself!  I just used a handsaw thing.

Then glue it (I used super glue) to the back of a flat piece of wood.  Hold for a minute until the glue dries.  See how the cut-out is going to make a handle for holding the sign - -

Then I sprayed the front with 2 coats of Chalkboard Spraypaint.  After waiting a day, rub the whole thing with a piece of chalk to "prime it".  Then you're good to go.
DISCLAIMER - - these are obviously posed shots - first off, our school doesn't start til Wednesday.  Secondly, that's my preschooler  - the first grader was playing at a friend's house so I needed a fill-in model.

You've got several photo options - - standing:
Or feet and backpack only, for that "artsy" shot:

So, go make yourself a sign!!  It's so much cuter than my past ones - - wanna see them??

(I highly recommend getting outside for your pictures!  The 1st grade year, it was pouring rain - so inside it had to be)
Sorry my son looks like an evil scientist in this one - - with pictures, sometimes you get what you get.....

For another fun tip on back-to-school pictures, stay tuned later today.....


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

6 Fabulous Comments:

I love this idea. I never did anything like that, I just TRY and figure out what year they were in the pics, your idea is so much better, and TOTALLY cute.

Thanks for sharing Mandy!!

Hugs, Bella :)
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Just wanted you to know that you inspired my project this week. Here is the link if you would like to check it out. Plus, I linked back to you.

Always loved your back to school pics. The chalkboard takes it up a notch. Cute!!

SOOO Adorable! Pinning for future inspiration! My oldest goes to school NEXT year and I'm already sentimental about it! Your kiddies are adorable, btw :)

This is so clever Mandy! I featured it in my 19 Creative Back to School Ideas and Treats round-up today! :)

I loved your idea and made my own chalkboard, but I put mine in a frame. I blogged about it today with a link back to you. Thanks for the awesome idea, Mandy!!

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