Saturday, May 10, 2014

chalk talk :: diy on a dime

My son just turned 3 on Wednesday May 7th and next weekend we will be celebrating with a joint ice cream social party with his girlfriend Raelyn, born a week after him. He is an ice cream lover (like his mama), so this theme was perfect. Over the next week I will be posting some small diy projects that myself or my friend Diane have been working on.  And don't worry all will be quite cost effective, hence the subtitle -diy on a dime :)

We wanted a sign for the photo backdrop and loved the saying "I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream." Especially because we know a few kids may be screaming haha. Since I'm not great with free hand chalkboard lettering and because we don't want the kids to mess up the chalk when they hold the sign, I decided to work a little smarter and not harder. So yes- I just jumped on the computer and made it. Then for only $5.99 I printed it out as a 16x20 at costco and will frame it next. Here it is!

I also wanted to make a small one for the ice cream station and printed the below design in an 8x10 at home.

How to make any similar sign:
First you want to grab your background image. There are tons of free chalkboard backgrounds you can use. I found one from here.

Next is the fun part. You get to pick your fonts and then dream up any saying you want. If you don't have a lot downloaded you can get free ones at Here are the names of the ones I used written out so you can see what they look like. Super easy right?! If anyone would like the sign I made as a 16x20 for personal use just email me or you can use the files above to print an 8x10, Enjoy!

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