This project stems from my obession with DIY chalkboard signs several months ago for a public event I was co-hosting. I wanted a unique, easy, and relatively cheap way to make a lot of signs. In my closet I found and used foam boards for rectangular signs but decided to try out cardboard leftover from another craft. I had a few cardboard circles used for cake decorating- one side is white and one is regular cardboard.
These signs can be used on your mailbox to welcome baby shower visitors, on the gift or food table, on the door, etc. It’s a versatile craft!
- A package of 14″ (or size of your choice) Cake Circles
- Chalkboard Paint
- Permanent chalk markers
- Vibrant colorful chalks
- Box cutter or a craft blade
Design your diaper. I chose a simple shape and utilized the circular shape to make this a lot easier than cutting an entire diaper from a large sheet of cardboard (which is something you can totally do too). Start by drawing where you plan to cut. I did 3 cuts total- one long and shallow curve at the top, and two curves from each side. Tip: Cut one side and use that piece on the opposite opening for symmetry. I didn’t photograph this step…. sorry.
Step 2: Paint
Use the chalkboard paint to cover the brown side of the cardboard. You can only paint one side, the paint won’t cover the shiny, white side. I tried. Keep in mind that 2 light coats will prevent major curling of the wet paper, though it will still happen. If you glop it on thick you may get more curling.
Step 3: Add Permanent Outlines
Once paint is dry, use the white permanent chalk marker to add decorative touches. I chose to add 2 snaps per side, a tab on each side, and some “stiching” along the legs. I drew over the dried paint with regular chalk first several times until I liked the shape, then went over that with the permanent chalk marker.
Step 4: Draw!
You may be more artistic than I am. My lettering and drawing skills are not great so I’m sure you can make a prettier diaper sign than I did!
Optional: Punch holes in the top to string ribbons or rafia through in order to hang your sign. Or, attach it to a stake and place in your yard to welcome guests.
Instead of using the diapers as decor consider making it a baby shower game! Make several diapers and allow guests to design their own diaper prints!