Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Easter Plaque DIY

I pretty much love all things Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids.  Sometimes I wish I could jump in the catalog and live on the pages.  The decor and furnishings are just so cozy!  What I do not love are the crazy price tags.  Most people that live in the real world can’t afford to buy every piece from them (and probably wouldn’t want to).  That’s why I love sites like Ana White’s and Knock off Decor.  They offer the Pottery Barn (and other brand names) look for less with building plans and tutorials.

After perusing the new spring line from Pottery Barn Kids, I decided to jump on the tutorial band wagon and make an inspired Easter Chalkboard Plaque.

For those of you that have a Cameo this will be a relatively easy DIY.  If you don’t, that’s ok, you just have to do more by hand.  Without further ado, may I present my Chalkboard Plaque.

Some of the supplies:

Now for the tutorial.

The first thing I did was find the shapes that I wanted to use with my Cameo.

I used the bracket on the bottom left and deleted the other two. After making sure I was on the 12×12 setting, I enlarged the bracket as much as possible.  

I then highlighted the entire image and separated the inner and outer bracket, moving the outer bracket off the cut grid.

I then loaded my chalkboard vinyl (Two things: 1. I already had some on hand from a Michael’s Clearance but the link should work fine just the same. 2. I had to cut mine down to size because it was too wide anyway.  So I cut out a 12×12 sheet from my roll.) onto the mat and into the machine.

The next thing I did was use the print and cut feature for Peter Rabbit.  Lucky for me I bought a ton of the Peter Rabbit shapes during the Black Friday Sale so I already had the one I decided to use! (The print and cut is awesome!  I love it!.)

I made Peter as big as possible, set up my registration marks to print, and printed it out on the computer.  I used white card stock (I used 81/2×11 since that’s what my printer prints) and loaded it onto the cutting mat.

When you use the registration marks, it cuts the image out for you.  Such a time saver!

Next I asked my awesomely awesome hubby if he would pretty please cut out a piece of wood in the bracket shape for me to mount my card stock on (our garage was a mess and he knew where things were and would be able to cut it out faster then I would).

First he traced out where he would cut it and then used a jigsaw to cut it out (sorry I don’t have any pictures but he did it when I wasn’t home. He used this).  I then sanded it down and whipped out my paint.  I just used a basic white acrylic and painted around the outside. (The top right picture was me getting excited!) I used a basic black to do the sides (though you can’t really see it).

After applying like 3 or 4 coats and waiting for them to dry, I removed the backing on the vinyl and applied it to the board (I had to reposition a few times to get it right). I used a spray adhesive to attach Peter and added twine to the back so it could hang. I then used a chalk pen (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon) to write “Egg Hunt”.

Here is the final product:

and another:

I hope you liked it! My total cost was $0.00 (I had everything on hand). Pottery Barn’s cost $49.00. I love saving money!

I would love to see if you make one!

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