Spring is Sprung! And to get in the mood, we’ve made this awesome spring-themed DIY Chalk & Wood Bunting! This is SUCH an easy project, but it has huge impact. Whether you choose to use it indoors or out, I promise that no one will believe that it didn’t come from a store. This probably isn’t the project to do with very young children, but an older kid could definitely help with it! And the great thing is that you can bespoke it however you want. Add more or less pendants depending on the word you want to spell out. Make a bunch and keep them in reserve for different times of year. It looks good anywhere, any time!
Here’s what you’ll need.
- Plywood 2ft x 2ft
- Painters Tape
- Chalk Spray Paint
- Disposable gloves
Begin sketching out the wooden triangles. I found the best way to draw the triangles is to mark a line 8 inches from the bottom of the plywood which represents how tall each triangle will be. Along the bottom edge of the plywood make a dot every 5 inches starting from the corner. Now simply draw two lines up to the top line marked earlier to create the triangle. Each triangle will be around 5 inches x 8 inches. Continue till you have filled the full width of the plywood with the triangles. Using the above measurements you should have eight individual triangles.
Once your row of triangles is completed you will want to cut the excess plywood off. If you are wanting more than eight triangles just repeat step one on the remaining wood. I used a scroll saw for all of the cutting on this project but any saw will work. If you aren’t comfortable with power tools you can purchase wooden triangles (pennants) at your local craft store. Or, if you want to make it REALLY easy, buy some balsa wood. You can actually cut through it with scissors!
Continue cutting on the lines drawn to cut out the remaining triangles.
Once all the triangles are cut, sand each with a piece of sandpaper cleaning up the sides and surface of each.
After sanding, the easiest way to get a nice border for your chalkboard is to use painters tape. Simply line it to the edge of each covering all three sides. You can also run a strip of tape along the sides to ensure you don’t paint the sides on accident. I learned that the hard way.
Once all pieces are prepped for painting, lay out on a flat surface. I like to use poster board for a drop cloth as it tends to be a good size for diy projects like this. Chalkboard spray paint is simplest and easiest to use for painting the triangles. Don’t forget to wear gloves while using the spray paint and make at least two coats for best coverage.
Chalkboard paint dries very quickly and not long after your second coat of paint you can remove the painters tape.
Next mark and drill the holes in each triangle so you can strand the twine between them. Mark each triangle in the same spot and use a hand drill to drill the holes.
You are now getting very close to completing this fun project. You will now want to feed the twine through each of the drilled holes. Tip: Wrap the end of the twine with painters tape, giving it a point and making it much easier to thread through each triangle. Thread back to front on each.
The best part is decorating your finished banner and deciding what you want the banner to say. I choose to celebrate the wonderful season of Spring and used paper butterflies to embellish it. Be creative and don’t forget to reuse your banner for all kinds of celebrations.
What would you use this for?