Also read about how to make Disney World Map Coasters HERE.
If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, then you know my family and I are big Disney fans. We love it so much that we go on a yearly Disney World vacation. We’ve never used a vacation countdown in the past. Unless you count the calendars we printed and marked off as the days got closer.
This year I wanted to make a fun Disney vacation countdown for the kids and the grown ups to get us excited…not that we need it since we are already looking forward to our vacation. So, I made a Mickey Chalkboard.
This Mickey Chalkboard is inspired by the chalkboard speech bubbles I’ve seen recently. I decided on a chalkboard so the kids can write and change the numbers themselves. I made it a Mickey silhouette to could be Disney themed.
The materials I used were a black foam board, plates for the Mickey template, pencil, X-acto knife, magnet strips, paint brush, chalk and black chalkboard paint.
Want to know how I made a Disney Vacation Countdown Mickey Chalkboard?! Here’s my Tutorial:
I used plates as my template for the Mickey silhouette – one big plate for the head and two small plates for the ears. I adjusted the three plates on the foam board until it looked right. I traced around the plates using a pencil.
I first scored the outline by going around the plates. This helps with making your initial cut line a smooth curve. After the whole Mickey outline had been scored, I then started cutting it a little at a time. Be patient when cutting the foam board with the X-acto knife. I needed to do some touch up cuts so the Mickey shape was more smooth.
I followed the instructions on my chalkboard paint. It suggested 2 coats and 1 hour drying time between coats. It also suggested 24 hours drying time after the final coat. The board did bow (curve) a little after the paint dried. I read somewhere this tends to happen with painted foam board. Next time I paint on foam board, I’ll be careful with how much paint I use. I did attempt to flatten my Mickey chalkboard by placing a book on top of it for a few hours. It never flattened completely, but it still looks great to us.
I lightly rubbed the entire surface with white chalk and wiped it off.
It was now time for the fun part. I wrote the words “Days Until” on one ear and “Disney Vacation” on the other ear using colored chalk. I wrote the letters in a “Disney font” to give it an extra Disney touch.
But, I didn’t stop there…I then drew pictures to represent each of the four theme parks in Disney World. The last thing I did was place magnet strips on the back of it so it can hang on our refrigerator.
My kiddos love being able to change the “number of days” each morning on our new Mickey Chalkboard. Counting down the days until our next Disney World Vacation is now even more fun.
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