How to make reversible first day of school signs that flip for the last day of school. These can be made easily with chalkboard paint, a piece of wood, and the Cricut Air 2.
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We start school here in September and G has his first year of elementary school. It’s crazy how time flies! I wanted to make a sign for photos for school this year- something they can use each year and preferably something that was reversible so it would work for the last day of school too. I love how these came out. I made one for his brother who is in preschool too.
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Method 1: Using Permanent Vinyl
It was really hard to weed… I’m not sure if it was my font choices or what, but ugh. And all the dots! Phew. I think it’s doable if you really work at it and take your time, but my patience was running low so I decided to try method 2 for the other sides.
But I do love how it came out! I’m a little concerned that the lettering or smaller pieces may come off… normally I’d seal with mod podge, but in this case that would make the chalkboard area unusable, defeating the purpose.
Method 2: Using Indoor Vinyl as a Stencil to Paint
Once you’ve weeded it all, you use transfer paper to apply it to your 12×12 board.
Then you can use the vinyl as a stencil, applying a coat or two of paint.
Once the paint dries, just peel off the vinyl. This is where the removable vinyl would probably be a better option. I felt like the permanent vinyl wasn’t gentle on the paint when I removed it. It didn’t do a ton of damage, but it might have been easier and less worrisome with indoor vinyl.
I think both methods achieved pretty much the same look so go with what seems easiest to you!
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Yes, I know I photoshopped the words in when I should have written them with chalk, but I’m an asthmatic lefty who is better at photoshop than writing neatly so…. photoshop it is! Haha.
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