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DIY Birthday Chalkboard Poster Using MS PowerPoint

Yep, you read that right. Totally doable. All in under 45 minutes if you have the info and everything ready at hand and a napping baby.

Chalkboard AZ
We had a Nautical themed celebration.

You will need:

1.MS powerpoint
2.Background image
3.Fonts & dingbat
Use any high res chalkboard background. I used this one.

Powerup your PowerPoint.change the slide size. Start with 16″ x 20″ portrait to give you a nice sized poster. Go to the Design tab and choose format background. Insert your chalkboard image. If the chalkboard looks too perfect, you can rough it up a bit by changing the transparency, adding an artistic effect, or change its Brightness Preset. Experiment, you can really change it to your own personal taste.

Paste the image on the slide

Now, begin inserting text boxes. Use the boxes to add your fonts and dingbats. This is the time to go overboard and fill it with all kinds of silly objects. Just remember to leave a generous border of background around the outer edge.

Capture

Here’s a list of fonts I used:
http://www.dafont.com/sandwich-paper.font
http://www.dafont.com/clementine-sketch.font
http://www.dafont.com/return-to-sender.font
http://kevinandamanda.com/…/fontsforpeas/pea-ellie-bellie/
http://www.dafont.com/a-song-for-jennifer.font
http://www.dafont.com/chalk-line-outline.font
http://www.dafont.com/made-with-b.font

Dingbats:
http://www.dafont.com/bergamot-ornaments.font
http://www.dafont.com/sleep-on-the-moon.font
http://www.dafont.com/go-around-the-books-arrows.font
http://www.dafont.com/under.font
http://www.dafont.com/adhesive-nr-seven.font

dingbats
Dingbats

Pro Tip: Use a deck with all the dingbats to copy from and it will be easier.

Final Step:  Save it as a pic(.png works best) and give it to a printer and print. You can frame it after that if you like.

PS: Here’s a pic of my chalkboard with all those elements 😀

Believe me – It only looks scary. Such a breeze. Let me know if you tried this for your LO’ party! Do share pics in comments 🙂

elements

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