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I love me a good homemade DIY pennant banner! And when I first saw an All-Occasion Chalkboard Banner made from chalk cloth I was smitten! I mean what’s not to love; the never-ending chalkboard craze, the fact that it’s reusable for any occasion or that it looked like a super simple DIY craft project?
So, earlier this summer I created my very own all-occasion chalkboard banner using chalk cloth (duh) and bias tape of all things!
It was meant to be revealed when we finished our entryway makeover…only that’s another of our recent renovations that took longer than we thought. In fact it my chalkboard banner hung in the entryway with “Happy Canada Day” on it well into September this year. Shameful, I know.
Make Your Own All-Occasion, Reusable Chalkboard Banner
- 1/4 meter chalk cloth
- 1/4 meter felt (gray for back)
- glue gun and glue
- 3 yards bias tape (your choice of color)
- Black or white thread
- Old rag
I was inspired by the chalkboard banner that was created by Delia Creates. So, I’m going to give you the gist of the instructions below. But if you need more help or visuals go visit the wonderfully written and photographed step-by-step instructions on Delia Creates.
1. Cure your chalk cloth. This is important. If you don’t cure your chalk cloth (or any other new chalkboard surface), you will get ghosting. As in the ghost of previous letters or drawings will remain on your chalk surface.
To cure any chalkboard, simply rub the SIDE of a piece of chalk all over the surface. Then wipe with a dry cloth. This will leave a bit of chalky residue (as seen in the finished pennants below).
2. Hot glue your felt to the backside of your chalk cloth. Make sure to spread the glue all over the backside. This will help to keep everything in place while you cut and sew your pennants and the whole banner.
3. Now trace at least 14 pennant shapes with chalk onto your chalk cloth. Basically a pennant shape is simply a triangle. Draw one in the size and dimensions you like onto a piece of cardboard. Then cut it out and trace 14 of them onto your chalk cloth.
14 pennants will give you enough pennants on which to write most holiday and special occasion greetings.
4. (This is where I find it easier to deviate from the tutorial on Delia Creates by not sewing the pennants before cutting them out.) Cut out your pennants, by cutting along your chalk lines.
5. Now sew just inside the chalk (or edges, now that they’re cut out) of each pennant. Use black thread if you want the stitching to blend in or white thread if you want the stitching to be noticeable.
6. Lay out five pennants in a row. Hot glue or sew them (evenly spaced) into the fold of the bias tape (as shown on the finished banner below). Cut the length of bias tape so it’s long enough to hold the pennants, but also with extra length on each side for hanging. Then lay out 9 more pennants and repeat.
You will technically have two separate banners. However, the combo will give you space for writing all sorts of celebratory greetings, like Give Thanks, Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, etc.
Pretty awesome (yet simple), yes?!
Do you like banners? Do you prefer colorful fabric or scrapbook paper banners? Or are you more of a burlap, canvas or aged book page banner type? What do you think of our chalkboard banner?