How to Make a Chalkboard Banner

Using a banner to make a statement is all the rage these days!  I love using banners and bunting for holidays and special occasions, but I hate constantly changing it out and keeping track of my collection.  What if you had a banner that you could use for all occasions?!  A chalkboard banner can be used and re-used for anything you can dream up, as long as you have a piece of chalk to guide the way!

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How to Make A Chalkboard Banner

Making a versatile chalkboard banner is easy!
All you will need is:

  • a half yard of muslin fabric
  • a package of bias tape (at least 3 yards long)
  • chalkboard paint
  • a foam brush
  • cardboard and a pencil (to use as a stencil)
  • wax paper (or other non-stick surface to paint on)
  • a sewing machine
  • chalk

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To begin, decide the shape and size of your pennants on your banner.  I decided on a rectangle flag-like shape with a cut dovetail end.  Next, using the cardboard cut out a template to trace your pennants.  This template will keep your pennants a uniform size and make your banner look nice and neat.  You will need to decide how many pennants you want to complete your banner.  I went with fifteen, just enough to write almost anything my heart desires!

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Lay your muslin out on a flat surface, and use your template to trace your shapes.  After tracing, cut out your pennants.

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Before painting, prep your surface with a non-stick surface such as wax paper or tin foil.  Do not use newspaper or regular paper, the paint will stick to it as it dries!

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Lay your pennants out, and using the foam brush, paint your pennants using even strokes.

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After you are done painting, prepare another non-stick surface for your pennants, and transfer them over.  For the next 30 minutes, flip your pennants 2 or 3 times to dry evenly and without wrinkling.

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Once your pennants have dried, sandwich them between the bias tape and sew them into the banner.  Keep in mind the even spacing between the pennants while sewing!

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To cure the chalkboard paint, rub your pennants with the flat side of a piece of chalk.

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Then, using a damp cloth, rub each pennant to blend in the chalk.

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Now, the fun begins!  Decide on your latest celebration, and using your chalk, write away!  Use your imagination!  Doodle, draw, go crazy if you want to!  If you change your mind, just use a damp cloth to wipe each pennant clean and start fresh!

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Hang your pennant and enjoy!

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A chalkboard pennant is the perfect way to celebrate Fathers Day!  (or any holiday!)  They are easy to make, and perfect for all occasions!

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About Emily Louise

Emily is a apron-wearing, camera-wielding, mother and pilots wife who has found her niche in discovering a reason to celebrate every day and enjoying the simple things life has to offer.

Comments

  1. So cool! Very easy steps to follow and the end product is like those in the markets. Will surely try it out!

    • Emily Louise says:

      They are easy to make and my neighbors are going ga-ga over them whenever I hang mine up! So much fun to make and easy too!

  2. You have combined two of my favorite crafting items: chalkboard paint and banners! Love this…and pinned it.
    Doreen
    http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com/
    http://pinterest.com/dozeedo/

    • Emily Louise says:

      I LOVE banners and bunting, a little too much. But, this one takes the cake! It’s so much fun to pull it out and hang it up.

  3. This is soo sweet. Thanks for these ideas.

  4. What a cute idea!

  5. Congratulations on the feature! I love your chalkboard paint banner idea this is so creative!!

  6. I am SO stoked to try this! I’ve also seen things like this on Pinterest but never put forth the effort to research how to do it myself.

    Now I know. Thank you : )

    • Emily Louise says:

      They are very easy, and a perfect thing to have for any occasion! I have used mine multiple times and always get asked about where I got it!

  7. oh wow this is perfect! I have made several banners for different holidays and partys and this simplifies it all!
    thank you :D

    • Emily Louise says:

      It’s the all purpose banner, all in one! I have used mine for different occasions and people always ask where I got it!

  8. So cute!!

  9. That is super cute, just like all of your other projects! Thanks for sharing :-)

  10. Ingenious! i’m always amazed by you crafty mamas, will bookmark and pin it for sure ;-)

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