We’re in the middle of summer but before you know it, the kids will be eagerly marching back to school with a backpack full of new supplies. Whether you’re ready or not, school is just around the corner and this back to school countdown door hanger will be super handy to help keep track of just how many days of summer are left!
- Darice Door Knob Hanger
- White Paint
- Permanent Pens
- Matte Spray Sealer
- Clear Chalkboard Paint
- Chalk or Chalk Pencils
Step 1. The base of this back to school countdown piece is an unfinished wood door hanger. You’ll be painting it to mimic a piece of notebook paper. Apply a couple coats of white paint to the door knob hanger until the natural wood is completely covered. Allow to dry completely before measuring and marking the blue notebook lines. I spaced mine 3/4″ apart but you can make them thinner or wider if you’d like. Repeat for the vertical pink lines and allow to dry completely.
Step 2. Use a thicker black permanent marker to write the words “Back To School In ___ Days!” I just free-handed the words but you can use a stencil if you’d like. I tried to keep the letters as elementary-accurate as possible!
Step 3. Use different colored permanent markers to add hand drawn accents here and there. With the exception of the hashtag in the upper left hand corner, I used to draw all of these in the little notes my friends and I used to pass in class. Totally aging myself since I’m pretty sure kids don’t pass around written notes anymore!
Step 4. When you’re happy with the look of your back to school countdown, apply a couple coats of the matte spray sealer to prevent the ink from bleeding when you add the clear chalkboard paint. Make sure the sealer is completely dry before moving onto a couple coats of the chalkboard paint.
As those back to school thoughts and plans start to form, think about creating a super easy chalkboard prop for back to school photo ideas!