Create a Customized Faux Chalkboard for the Classroom with This Step-By-Step Tutorial Using Cricut Vinyl.
It's that time of year, where all the kids are heading back to school and all of the moms are personalizing every school supply in sight!
After adding my daughter's name to ALL of her school supplies in hopes that she wouldn't lose them this year, I decided to make a fun gift for her teacher and her new classroom.
I think it's important to create a space where children are encouraged not only to learn but to experiment, to question, wonder and most importantly to be kind and know that they are loved!
This cute faux chalkboard is so bright and cheery and I hope it will bring a smile to each child when they see it in their classroom!
I added some of the traits and skills that I hope my daughter will learn to exemplify this year in Kindergarten.
Let's get started!
For this project you will need the following supplies:
- Cricut Machine
- A Variety of Colors of Cricut Permanent Vinyl (I used Premium Vinyl Pearl Metallic for all of the vinyl with the exception of the purple roll.)
- Cricut Weeder
- Cricut Scraper
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- White Pencil
- Cricut Paper Trimmer (optional)
- 15" x 30" Stretched Canvas
- 1 Tube of Chalkboard Paint
- 1 Paint Brush
- Design Space Project Link
Table of Contents
Watch the Video Tutorial Below!
Paint the Canvas
To create this sign, I started by painting my canvas with two thin layers of chalkboard paint. If you have a chalkboard, you could use that as well. I had an extra stretched canvas on hand that I've been meaning to use that was perfect for this project!
It's best to start by painting the canvas first and cutting out and weeding all of your vinyl, second. This method will give you sufficient time to ensure your paint has dried completely.
Paint the canvas using long up and down strokes, taking care to paint all of the edges and corners of the canvas as well.
Prepare Images in Cricut Design Space
I've color coordinating everything and sized it to fit a 15" by 30" canvas. Feel free to change the colors, the words, or the sizing to fit your needs!
Cut and Weed the Vinyl
Remove the clear film from a Cricut mat and place the vinyl shiny side facing upwards on the mat.
For this project, I find it's helpful to use the 12" x 24" mat and place multiple pieces of vinyl on the mat. Use the Snap Mat feature to place images on the different sections of vinyl.
Feed the Cricut mat into the cutting machine. Repeat this process until all of the items have been cut out.
Once all of the images in Design Space have been cut, use a weeding tool to carefully peel back the negative vinyl.
Transfer the Images
Cut a piece of transfer tape the same size as the image. Carefully peel back the paper lining from the transfer tape and place the tape on top of the design.
Using a scraper too, burnish the design by scraping back and forth until the vinyl has transferred from the paper backing to the tape.
Peel the tape and the vinyl away from the paper backing and place it on the canvas.
Refer to the video for a more in-depth look at this process.
Apply the Vinyl to the Canvas
Use a ruler and a white colored pencil to mark the canvas. I marked the center point and the edge where I wanted the "WE ARE" to
Once each piece of vinyl has been centered and placed on the canvas, flip it over, and use a scraper tool to burnish all of the images. Make sure to apply pressure to the edge of the design too, you can slide the scraper tool under the edges.
Turn the canvas over and peel away the tape at a 45 degree angle.
Now you have an adorable personalized canvas perfect for any classroom!
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