Post # 1
I made some fake chalkboard signs for our photo booth. I saw them on Etsy and decided to make my own. I printed them on paper thicker than regular printer paper, cut them out (so there’s no white, just the speech bubble)…but I think they’re too flimsy.
I tried using some black foam boards to cut in the same shapes and glue on the backside of the signs, but foam is really hard to cut cleanly. I tried using a box cutter, but it didn’t really work out so well.
Does anyone have any other ideas on what I could put on the backside of the signs to make them less flimsy?
Here’s a pic from before I cut them out:
Post # 3
I would stick with the foam board. Have you tried an exacto knife?
Post # 4
thin wood.. paint it with chalk board paint, write with chalk
Post # 5
How about putting them on construction paper or poster board? It’ll make it a little stronger at least and easy to cut!
Post # 6
@auggiefrog: No I haven’t tried that one. I don’t have a good knife, so I might need to buy one.
@HappilyEverAfter54: Hmmm…I might need to try that. I also thought about cutting some poster board and just gluing it to the back of the signs.
I’ll try those ideas and if it still doesn’t work, then no big deal. I don’t know why I keep coming up with ideas less than 2 weeks before my wedding anyways! lol
Post # 7
You could just cut out circles or squares and put them on the backs. The outline may not need to match exactly to work well. You could also try stryrofoam board and a hot styrofoam knife cutter (I’m not sure exactly what their called). You can buy them at any leading craft store. Just trace your shape onto the foam and use the hot knife to cut.
Post # 8
@heather5743: yes yes that’s what I meant glue your signs to the poster board just to make it stronger =)
It’s the fastest easiest sollution really.
Post # 9
foam board + exacto knife = most likely to be successful, IMO.
Post # 10
When cutting foamboard, don’t try to cut all the way through on one cut. Place the foamboard on top of a sheet of cardboard so you can cut throughthe back without cutting the surface underneath.
Use a utility knife or exacto knife with a new sharp blade. Use a metal ruler as a guide. On the first cut, only go through the top papery layer . Keep your cuts shallow . It may take several cuts to get through the foam. The last cut should go through the back paper layer.
Post # 11
I just thought of this- I’m not sure how you are intending to attach them- but use rubber cement or double sided tape or a glue stick- any liquid-y glue will probably make the paper buckle.
Post # 12
Poster board would probably be the easiest to cut accurately. These are a really cute idea, BTW! I also like the idea of maybe a couple of real chalkboard ones so your guests could write in their own messages.