This chalkboard bunting allows you to share your favorite holiday messages! You’ll just need paint, Mod Podge, paper, and some cardboard.
Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you’ll be able to accomplish this project. You can make the bunting pieces out of wood or very strong cardboard.
If there’s one thing that fall and Halloween require, it’s a banner (also known as a bunting or a garland). Luckily, Man Podger David is quick to deliver! If you like Halloween garlands, I think this project is going to be right up your alley.
His obsession with buntings and chalkboards has led to this awesome idea that you need for your own home decor. Okay, maybe obsession is a strong word, but it’s close. I think you can imagine this on your mantel.
I’ll let David share his chalkboard bunting tutorial with you himself so that you can make a Halloween garland of your very own.
I like the idea of festive bunting and I like the idea of chalkboards. I thought it would be fun to combine the two so you could change your message, or have no message at all. This can be used for any holiday or season!
I made my bunting out of wood, but this idea would work with pretty much any material you had handy that would accept chalkboard paint: foam core, metal, veneer, heavy cardstock, etc.
You can also easily buy ready-made flags (some already painted as chalkboards) on Etsy. This would also be a great project for using bits of leftover wrapping paper.
You will need:
- 8 – 10 bunting triangles, size of your choice (in my case ¼ inch composite wood – very inexpensive)
- Chalkboard Paint
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Scrapbook paper
- Foam brush
- Pen or pencil
- Hole punch (optional)
- Heavy cardstock (for template, optional)
Life is easier with templates, so that’s what I did first (do this if you don’t buy your pieces pre-made). If you already purchased your pieces, skip this step.
Create a template for each bunting triangle in the size you like using the heavy cardstock. I made mine 7″ straight down the middle and 5.5″ on the short side. This makes the triangle ~7.52″ long (thank you high school math class!).
I made a free downloadable template if you want to use it here.
Use the template to cut out as many flag pieces as you like. Then paint one side with chalkboard paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
As the chalkboard paint was drying, I created a template for cutting my paper. This step is completely optional as well.
I wanted a nice border on the chalkboard side, so I made my template just slightly larger than the previous template.
Here’s what I’m thinking.
You have a few options for your chalkboard bunting at this point. You can add scrapbook paper to the pieces that have chalkboard paint, or simply put paper on the pieces that don’t.
I wanted all my pieces to be chalkboard on one side, and paper on the other – with the paper folding over to form a border on the chalkboard side. You can see what I mean in the finished image and decided what works best for you.
The next step is to attach the paper, once the chalkboard paint is fully dry.
Step 1: Apply a medium layer of Mod Podge to the non-chalkboard side of your bunting pieces.
You’ll want to work quickly as Mod Podge starts drying when it’s applied.
Step 2: Lay the Mod Podged side down on the back of your paper, center it and press firmly to secure the piece to the paper.
Step 3: Flip the whole thing over and smooth out any wrinkles or bumps with your fingers or a brayer.
I love having a brayer on hand for this purpose . . . I find it smooths out wrinkles quite well without getting my hands dirty.
Step 4: Flip each piece back over. Working one side at a time, dab Mod Podge along the edge and fold the paper over. Smooth. Let dry completely.
TIP: You will want to have a damp paper towel handy to immediately clean up any Mod Podge that oozes out from under the paper onto the chalkboard. Mod Podge renders chalkboard paint useless, so you want to avoid mixing the two.
Repeat steps 1 – 4 with all the triangles, then side them aside to dry.
After about 20 minutes of drying, give the pieces a sealing coat of Mod Podge for protection and durability. Do this on the back only (being careful not to get Mod Podge on the exposed chalkboard paint).
At this point your chalkboard bunting is nearly ready – you just have to make the holes and string it up!
Put painter’s tape over both sides of the triangle and, using a pencil, mark where to drill the holes.
TIP: Make sure the Mod Podge is thoroughly dry, or the painter’s tape will rip the paper when you remove it.
Proceed to carefully and slowly drill the holes in the bunting for string.
Now it’s time for stringing up the chalkboard bunting pieces! This part is easy. Use any type of ribbon or thread that you like – just make sure it’s strong enough to hold the weight of the pieces.
Won’t this chalkboard bunting be a nice addition to your holiday mantel? Of course it will – AND you can customize the message to say anything you want!
Some Other Chalkboard Bunting Details and Tips
- If you’re folding paper over the edges, I discovered that thinner decorative paper was easier to use than cardstock (like you’d get in a scrapbook paper stack).
- You CAN use cardstock – I did on a couple of them. Just remember cardstock takes some patience, as it needs a little help staying stuck when you fold it over the side.
- If you do need help, use binder clips to hold the cardstock in place as it dries. This worked well for me, but took a little time.
- Use painter’s tape when you drill. Often when you drill through something, the opposite side tends to “blow out”. You’ll get splinters and a rough edge where the drill comes out. The painter’s tape keeps a smooth edge.
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