Today I am showing you how I made this very versatile wooden chalkboard banner. You can use it year round in your home, and just change the letters accordingly!
I recommend making 5-6 swallowtail banner shapes (or sometimes referred to as “guidon”). This will give you great 3-5 or 6 letter word options throughout the year.
First, I went to my local Home Depot and picked up a 10’x6″ pine board (about $6.50) and had them cut the board into 8″ sections.
Next, I marked the center of my boards at both the top and bottom and then drew a straight line down the middle.
I then measured 2.5″ from the bottom and marked my line. Next, I drew lines from that 2.5″ mark to the bottom corners.
Using my scroll saw, I cut the triangle out. Don’t worry about the cut being perfectly straight, you can sand out the imperfections later.
After my triangles were cut, I then drilled holes in the upper left and right corners of each.
Time to sand!
Once sanded down, I painted them with FolkArt chalkboard paint, and let dry for a few hours.
I then conditioned (or prepped) my chalkboard shapes with chalk, and used a dry cloth to evenly distribute/remove the excess chalk.
I decided to string my banner with twine BEFORE writing on it, just to eliminate the chance of ruining the writing while stringing the banner.
At this point you can write whatever you like, using chalk or a chalk pen to write your letters.
I decided I wanted to trace a great font that I love so, using my Cricut Expression, I cut out a stencil for my letters. The font I chose came from the Storybook cartridge. I set each “x” to 4″x5″, and each “o” was set to 2″x 5.75″. I cut my stencil using Post-It Craft Paper (affiliate link), and then traced and filled in each letter with chalk.
Voila! That’s it! SOO easy, and I love that I can use this all year long!
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