Simple Blackboard Den Sign

Simple Blackboard Den Sign

  • Blackboard Paint
  • A piece of wood - Smooth wood such as pine is best.
  • Chalk
  • Garden string, glue, or willow whips (optional)
  • A strong stick or piece of wood, about 4' long (optional)

The easiest signs to make are ones using blackboards that you can write on with chalk. (Though when we say write, we really mean draw on with all the coloured chalks you can find, and change it whenever you feel in the mood!)

  1. Give the wood a scrub with a little soapy water, just to get off any dirt and make sure your blackboard is smooth to write on
  2. Leave it in the sun for a while until it's fully dry.
  3. Paint the piece of wood with the blackboard paint. It will need a couple of coats of paint, and the best way is to let it fully dry before you start putting on the second coat.
  4. Leave it to dry
  5. Time to attach it to your den. There are a few different ways to do this.
  6. You could place it above your entrance archway and hold it in place with string to tie it to the willow whips. Even better, use more willow instead of string, and just weave the ends of the sign into the den
  7. Alternatively, you could place it on a sign post. For this, get a stout stick or piece of wood. Attach your sign to one end with strong garden string. Dig a small hole at least six inches deep (though a little deeper is better) and finally drop in your post (the end without the sign on, of course!) and fill in the hole. Stamp it down well so the sign doesn't wobble.
  8. Finally, get all your coloured chalks together, and personalise your sign!
  • The methods of putting up your signpost are just examples. Can you come up with any other ways of putting up your sign?
  • A blackboard sign can have any design on you want it to, and it can change every day.
  • Send us pictures of your sign designs!
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