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A Chalkboard Bunting You Can Rewrite on Every Year

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.

A Chalkboard Bunting You Can Rewrite on Every Year

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.

Chalkboard Garland

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.

scrapbook paper, bunting template, foam brush, chalkboard spray paint

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
  • String
  • Drill
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • 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.

Paper Bunting Template with Holes

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.

Paper bunting template

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.

Mod Podge paper on the back of chalkboard bunting pieces

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.

Chalkboard bunting pieces with scrapbook paper Mod Podged on the back

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!

Mark where to drill holes on your triangle pieces using a pencil

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.

Cover your banner with painter's tape and drill a hole

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.

DIY chalkboard banner

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!

Make this chalkboard bunting for fall - use it for home decor or parties!
Make this chalkboard bunting for fall - use it for home decor or parties!

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.

Did you enjoy this chalkboard bunting? I’d love for you to check out these other projects as well:

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

Thursday 13th of September 2012

What a great idea for Fall! I am hosting an "It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party" .... I would like to invite you to share this project, and other Fall related projects/recipes, you may have. All links will be pinned to a board dedicated to the party. You can find the party at Love Bakes Good Cakes. Hope to see you there!

Felicia Carter

Tuesday 11th of September 2012

This is absolutely adorable!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses

Saturday 15th of October 2011

It looks so great ... and great, thorough tutorial. Thanks!


Saturday 15th of October 2011

It looks great! I have so wanted to try the chalkboard paint. I have a can sitting in my garage. I just need to try it!! Thanks for sharing:)

bon bons and beads

Thursday 13th of October 2011

Great tutorial - I've never made a craft like this but definitely want to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

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