Free Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Chalkboard Printable

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Chalkboard

Last week I posted the twinkle twinkle little star gender reveal scratch off I made for my sister. Today, I am sharing the chalkboard sign I made for her baby shower. I wanted guests to sign their name and/or a message on something that she could keep and use as part of her room decoration. She loved it!

sing in pictureI printed it out on metallic cardstock. I bought a cheap document frame from the Dollar Tree and spray painted the frame yellow (since her colors were grey, blue, and yellow). I put out blue and grey permanent markers for guests to use, and took out the glass frame so guests wouldn’t sign on it. Everyone loved it and wrote on it. She hardly had any space left.

You can have this chalkboard sign too by downloading it here: TTLS Chalkboard Sign

If you want to print it out exactly how I did, with the chalkboard sign small in the middle with a matte-like border, make sure your print settings are like this:

TTLS Chalkboard Print Setup

Note the size of my paper was 8.5 by 11 because I had a picture frame for document size paper. If your frame is an 8 by 10, you can change your settings in the properties tab, or you can trim it down to size.

Make sure you click on “Shrink overszied pages” under Page Sizing and Handling and “Portrait” under Orientation. This will give you the look of the matte-like border.

That should do it. I hope you enjoy the free chalkboard printable!

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Gender Reveal Scratch Off

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Gender Reveal Scratch OffWhen my little sister found out she was pregnant, she knew right away she wanted to reveal the gender of the baby to those closest to her by sending them a scratch off. I had done a gender reveal scratch off for my first pregnancy, so I offered her my help with making hers. She told me she wanted it to be stars and that was about it. I did a lot of variations, but she ended up liking this design the most. After she found whether she was having a boy or a girl, she took the file to Office Depot and had them print out several copies of the one page (page 1 for a boy and page 2 for a girl) in a 1 by 2 layout. So every sheet of paper had two reveals on it. Once they were printed and cut, she attempted to do the scratch off part herself, but got frustrated. Then enters the big sister to the rescue. She made me scratch off the card she made so I could still be surprised, then she watched my little man so I could finish them up for her.

Supplies needed:

Card with theme and gender revealed (I’ve only done the scratch off twice and both times I was working with cardstock)

Tape (packing worked best for me because of its width)

Scissors

Acrylic paint (I went with yellow so it would blend in with the star)

Dish soap (I used Dawn)

Small crafting paint brush (the kind that comes several in a small pack)

A small lid or container to hold your paint

 

Steps:

1. Cut the tape to the appropriate size you need. Make sure not to cut the tape too small, you want to cover the gender completely with extra space around the word. Do this for every card before moving on to the next step, it’ll make it easier and faster.

2. Mix 2 parts paint with 1 part dish soap in your container or lid. I used a toothpick to slowly mix it. Make sure you don’t make too many bubbles because they become clumpy when painting.

3. Paint a thin layer of your soap paint over your tape. Make sure you paint over the word completely, I painted a few centimeters passed my word and made a rectangle with it. You don’t want to leave any part of the word exposed. Do this for every card.

4. After the paint has dried, paint another layer. At this point, I put a slightly thicker layer to save time and in fear of too many brush strokes to clump the paint. Brush lightly because you don’t want the previous layer to come off. If you can still see the words after this layer has dried, paint another layer, and keep repeating this step until the word is no longer visible.

5. Make sure the paint is completely dry and send them off to your loved ones. They’ll love the excitement of finding out whether it’s a boy or a girl or both!

 

If you like the design I made for my sister, you are welcome to download it for free by clicking the following link: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Gender Reveal Scratch Off. Be sure to credit my work if you share on other sites. I hope you enjoy it as much as my sister did!

 

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DIY Graveyard Tombstones

Halloween Tombstones

For Halloween this year, I wanted to decorate our yard and spend as little money as possible. I definitely wanted tombstones for our front yard, but didn’t want to spend a dollar a piece on something that will break easily. Even though it was only ONE BUCK per tombstone, I wanted it to last longer than a few days. I told my dearest husband that we should make our own this year, and one day he cut up some scrap wood we had piled up in a corner, and made them into the shape of tombstones. Then we painted two coats of black paint on the front and back of them. Wal-Mart sells small cans of indoor/outdoor paint for about four dollars.

I then started making my designs in Silhouette Studios. Once I was happy with them, I cut out test pieces on printer paper to double-check the sizing. Once I was fully satisfied with the size and placement, I cut out the designs on contact paper from Dollar Tree (because I didn’t want to waste my expensive, nice vinyl). I then peeled off the main design and stuck it on the wood. This part can be tricky because the contact paper is so cheap, it might have a problem sticking to the painted wood. Don’t worry, just press really hard for a short period of time, careful not to move it, and that should help. After my pieces were on the wood, I put a very light layer of gray spray paint on top. Be sure not to spray too close to the stencil because the pressure from the paint may blow off the design or get paint under it. The layer of paint should be just enough to hold the stencil down, let it dry, then spray another layer. You can make it as dark or as light as you want it. I thought mine was perfect the way it was. After they all dried, I turned them over and gave the backs a spray. Make sure to get the edges too. My husband then made stakes that we screwed into the bottom of the tombstone. After that, we placed them where we wanted them, and pushed them into the ground. I was really proud of them. They caught the attention of our neighbors, whom I hoped enjoyed them just as much as we did.

The font is used is called Haunt AOE and can be downloaded for free here.

 

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