I have horrible penmanship. Actually, that’s an understatement, I have horrendous penmanship. There is no way in 1,000,000 years that I would be able to handdraw a semi-decent menu onto a real chalkboard, but I really wanted a fancy menuboard to be my food table backdrop at my daughter’s party so I had to come up with an alternative.
I thought about painting a piece of plywood with black paint, maybe even chalkboard paint, so I could rub some chalk on it to make it look more authentic and then applying vinyl to it. However, plywood is heavy, and I am lazy.
That left me with one other choice – faking it! So I opened up Photoshop Elements, purchased a piece of foam core, and got to work!
- 32″x40″ piece of black foam core (that’s the largest they had at Hobby Lobby)
- 36″x48″ engineering print with menu printed on it
- double-sided tape
- exacto knife & cutting surface
Carefully lay your engineering print on to your taped foam core. To make sure I was doing it straight I cut off one side of the white boarders so I had a clean side to line everything up with.
Flip your board over and place a cutting surface underneath the edge. My self-healing cutting mat isn’t large enough to fit the entire board on so I just moved it along as I went.
Using an exacto knife, trim off the extra engineering paper.
And that’s it!! You are done!