DIY First Day of School Chalkboard

DIY First Day of School Chalkboard

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This DIY chalkboard for the first day of school will save you a ton of money and you can customize it however you want! It is so simple and best of all: FREE!

All you need is a computer or smartphone, and if you want your child to stand next to a chalk board then you also need a chalkboard. I have done it both ways; with and without a chalkboard.

For these examples, I had the boys stand next to a chalk board, took the picture and then I went into picmonkey and added the text in the colors and fonts I wanted.

say back to school chalkboard

It was really fun to play around with and customize the boards to make them just how I wanted them. The kids had fun helping pick out the colors and fonts, too, so it was a great project to get them involved in!

Another way you can create a free do-it-yourself first day of school chalkboard is to take your kids picture, then go into Canva and create a chalkboard in there. I created a step-by-step video tutorial below, so you can watch and see exactly how to choose the fonts, add pictures (for free!!!), and play around to get the chalkboard just how you want it!

You can also make a custom chalkboard in photoshop, but that does cost money aside from the free trial. Plus, Canva and Picmonkey have all the tools you need to create a really beautiful custom board. For the photos, I just went into Pixbay and looked for vector images on transparent backgrounds. That way, when placed on the chalkboard it was simply the image and no boarder.


You can create one of these custom boards for any reason: first birthdays, first day of school, back to school, summer, birthdays, Christmas, you name it!!! It is fun, easy and best of all FREE!!!


Check out my video below to see exactly how I made mine and if you haven’t already, subscribe to our Youtube channel to follow our journey and see more great ideas for your family!!!

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DIY First Day Chalkboard Video

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