We found out we were pregnant with troublemaker #2 right before Labor Day (ha. ha. ha.), which meant that we finished our first trimester and felt comfortable sharing the news right around the holidays. So, we thought, what better way to share the news with our friends and family than through our annual Christmas card! Bug isn’t the best at following directions, so I wanted something that required minimal participation from him (i.e. those adorable reveals where the big sibling-to-be is holding a sign, making a specific face, doing anything he’s been asked to do). Hence, a chalkboard – all the kid had to do was stand in the same frame as the board, how hard could it be?!
After approximately 4,295 pictures & 8 donut bribes later, this was as good as it was gonna get.
Here are the DIY instructions:
- I bought this chalkboard from Amazon. (& this kit from them as well for easy clean up and/or to fix mess ups)
- I chose this font, typed up the words in good ol’ Powerpoint & printed them – you might have a bit of trial and error here as you try to figure out what font size works best. I printed the words out and then laid them on the chalkboard to get an idea of what size would fit and what would be too big.
- Snag yourself a pair of manicure scissors – like these. TRUST ME. You could cut out the words with regular sized scissors, but oftentimes script fonts are so intricate you’ll spend twice as long trying to make sure you don’t botch the whole thing up with a bulky kitchen pair.
- For the check boxes, I just used a small tupperware lid…you could also use a ring box, post it note or one of your kids’ blocks.
- Tip: for many of the script fonts, take your time cutting around the interiors – for example, the inner circle of the D, or the loop of an E. You’ll want to leave a little bit of the black so that the interior shape stays attached to the paper. I start at a thin part of the loop and cut around until I return to the same spot, leaving a tiny space attached, like this:
- Then once I cut out the full word, I use chalkboard pens like these to use the paper as a stencil. When you pull the paper up, you’ll see the small areas that you left uncut to keep the interiors attached are not filled in, so just go over those with your pen to close the loop and create one continuous line.
And voila! A chalkboard announcement that will make your holiday season very merry.