How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

Use materials laying around your house, and learn how to make an easy back to school sign with this DIY tutorial!

Yesterday was back to school for my kiddos!  First grade and pre-k.  I decided to make my own back to school sign that I could re-use each year to document these precious moments!  Most of these materials you likely have laying around already which makes it even more cost effective and easy!

 

How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

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You Will Need:

To make this simplest version of this sign all you need is a pre-cut square piece of drywall (available at most any hardware stores.)  I know Home Depot carries them in 2x2ft and our local hardware store Bombergers has them in 16″x16″ the paint department.  I got mine from Bombergers which was the perfect size!

 

How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

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My first grader was excited to help!

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First prime the drywall squares.  Paint the whole way around the exposed edges as well to seal them.

How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

Then paint them with as many coats of the chalkboard paint as you need.  I ultimately ended up doing 3 coats.  Remember to paint the edges of the drywall as well.  This will keep them from chipping.

How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

You can end at this step and add any decor you want!  A bow in the corner, hot glue burlap or fabric around the edges etc.

How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

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I put a frame around the edge by cutting a piece of 11/16 in. x 11/16 in. x 96 in. outside corner molding with a miter saw and used liquid nails to glue it to the drywall.  Then I added a satin poly to the wood.  Again, for those of you local I bought the items I didn’t already having laying around for this project at Bombergers hardware store.  All of these materials are easy to find.

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From here you can do whatever you want!  I marked two horizontal lines and then one vertical down the center to create my boxes.

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Whatever design you end up going with trace it all first with a pencil before you go over it with your permanent white marker.

 

How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

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Simple.  Cheap.  Perfect for kids!

How to Make an Easy Back to School Sign

Look at these babies getting way too big!!  I laughed out loud when she said “author and illustrator.”  I couldn’t have said she even knew what that was.

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Enter my pre-k man!  “I love to . . . run.”  At least he is self-aware.

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My sweet babies!!

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Still looking for back to school clothes?  Checkout my absolute favorite kids clothing store – Janie and Jack – for the cutest fall styles.   Returns are all always free!  Click below!

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Happy fall!

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