There are a few things I love in this life, and teaching, decor, and DIY are among them. My favorite thing of all is when those three things come together to make your (and your students’) workspace feel cozy, creative, and calming.
Right now there are trends in decor — and I think that’s normal! Decor and style change regularly, and right now it seems to be all about bright colors and tropical/cactus themes. I don’t hate it! I’m quickly going to show you how I made a bright colored sign for my classroom that you could change to use your own colors, handwriting, and style.
- Medium or large sliced wood piece (found at Michael’s or Amazon)
- Acrylic paint (various colors)
- White chalk paint pen or oil-based paint pen (found at Michael’s or Amazon)
- Sharpie or black oil-based paint pen
- Paint brushes/sponge brush
First, gather materials and find a space at home that is creative-slash-mess-proof. Then, choose the background color for your sign. I chose teal for mine! Using a paint brush or sponge-brush, cover the background of the wood piece in paint, except for about a half-inch of wood before you get to the bark, like so:
Once your background dries (give it about 15-20 minutes), get ready to add a painted pencil and dotted-line border! Using yellow acrylic paint and a small-to-medium-sized brush, add a rectangle to the bottom of the wood piece. Then, add a brown triangle to the right of the rectangle and a pink half circle to the left side. Using a black paint pen or sharpie, outline the “pencil” to make it look more real! Using white paint pen, add lines to the yellow rectangle and before the pink half-circle for detail. I like to add a border around my background color – like this pink dashed line!
The last part is how you make it your own! Add your name to the blank background using lettering, your normal handwriting, or fancy letters! Be creative! I write in white chalk pen first, and then add detail using a Sharpie or black paint pen by outlining the letters. This is how mine turned out:
Once you make one sign, I guarantee you’ll want to try to make another. Instead of doing my name on another wood piece, I added a quote to one for a different kind of look. I can’t wait to add these DIY signs to my classroom!
What do you think?! Would you try to make one of your own? Or are you reading this like, “You’re crazy, girl. You do you.” I’m curious to see who would be interested in these signs and have heard on Instagram that people would like me to start selling. I’d love you to leave me some feedback and we’ll see what happens!