1. How to start
Open a new presentation in PP. Find the Design tab at the top and click it. Click first on Slide Orientation and switch to Portrait. Then click on Page Setup and change the dimensions to match your standard paper: 8.5 by 11.
I really like the look of the Chalkboard graphics that are going around. I think they are cute and I will definitely reuse them year after year. If you plan on putting your creation up on TPT, make sure you read through the copy write and license agreements so make sure the graphics can used commercially. I found a chalkboard background I like from the blog, We Lived Happily Ever After, and downloaded it, for free I would like to add. Save it to a place that it convenient for you to find.
Too add it to your slide, right click over the first slide in the presentation overview on the left. Near
the bottom of the options that pop up is Format Background. Click it!
Many vendors on Teachers Pay Teachers have free fonts available for personal use and some have free fonts available for commercial use. You can also google the type of font you like. For example, I googled Chalkboard fonts and found a couple I liked. Because my project is for personal use, I used many different fonts, including fonts already provided by Microsoft.
5. Save your project
I save my projects as both PP, for further editing if I want, PDF, and PNG/JPEG. The last two save the elements of your project as images. Each of the images above where saved not only as a part of the project but individually as well.
It is easy to do, cheaper than paying for it and then paying to have it printed, and it actually starts to be fun!