You will love to have this DIY Vinyl Chalkboard Kid play area! It’s easy to create, easy to clean up, and won’t leave ANY marks on your walls!
When I starting placing all the new decorations in my daughter’s room, the old set up just wasn’t working for me…so I switched things up and then I was left with a giant empty space on the wall. I put a pin in it, and tried to focus on other things when I found a roll of Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl and the idea just hit me! It’s the perfect spot for a DIY Vinyl Chalkboard Kid Play Area!
I used graphics from my Tween Room SVG Files, which you can get from my shop, but the coolest thing is that you don’t actually need a Cricut to make the chalkboard vinyl part of this project. You just cut the vinyl in half with a paper trimmer and stick it on the wall! I used my Cricut from the hand lettered SVG Files and the scalloped border. SOOOO cute.
DIY Vinyl Chalkboard Kid Play Area Supplies
- Hand Lettered Tween SVG Files
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air (read more about the Maker here)
- Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl
- Paper Trimmer
- Glitter Vinyl
- Adhesive Foil
- Strong Grip Transfer Tape
- XL Scraper
- Fine-point Blade
- 12X24″ LightGrip Mat
- Pencil Holder with a flat surface
- Velcro Command Strips
- Unroll the Chalkboard Vinyl and fold it in half to mark it, then cut along the fold mark with the Paper Trimmer.
- Upload the SVG Files to Cricut Design Space. Tip: Check out this Cricut Design Space tutorial on how to do that.
- Resize the SVG file to a little less than the length of the chalkboard vinyl sheets (about 18 inches long).
- Send the files to the Cricut and select your material when prompted.
- Place the vinyl on the LightGrip Mat and load it into the machine, then click on the Cut button when it starts flashing. Repeat for each material.
- Measure the area you’ll place the vinyl on the wall and place the one sheet of the Chalkboard vinyl in the center and to the height you’d like it to go. I measured so my daughter could easily write on it. Feel free to use a leveler and pencil markings to place it on straight.
- Weed the hand lettered words (draw, to do, or goals), then take the backing off the Strong Grip Transfer Tape and place it on top of the vinyl. Use the XL Scraper to adhere the vinyl to the transfer tape.
- Center the words on the wall just couple inches above the chalkboard vinyl and smooth it onto the wall with the XL Scraper.
- Peel off the transfer tape, using the scraper to hold the vinyl in place on the wall as you take off the transfer tape.
- Take the scalloped edge off the backing and place it under the chalkboard vinyl.
- Repeat steps 7-9 for the next word, then place the chalkboard under that (same spacing as the top), then the scalloped edge under that.
Wall Handing Pencil Holder DIY
For the pencil holder, simply attach two of the Command Strips together so velcro sides are touching, peel off the backing on one side, then place it on the holder. Next, you’ll take the backing off the other side and place it on the wall next to the chalkboard vinyl.
I used this as a pencil holder, as well, so I used two of these. I messed up with the measurement a tad, and I simply took the holder off the wall, leaving the command strips on, then straightened it up a bit when I put it back. If you really mess up, you can always take one side of the strips off the wall, then get another one and attach it again. I also love that my daughter can take these off the wall if she wants to.
Was it worth it?
This whole set up cost LESS THAN $20!!! Um, yeah…I would say it was worth it, and so much more fun than throwing up a poster or a picture! Since I have a little creative on my hands, she absolutely loves this Vinyl Chalkboard Kid Play Area. Between this and the DIY Faux Heart Wallpaper, I saved A LOT of money, so I was able to spend it on things that she would use, like her art supplies and planner accessories.
Make sure you check out the rest of the posts from this Tween Room Idea!