Supplies needed to make your own pennant bunting:
- Canvas Triangles
- Chalk Markers (I used black on one side and red for my “patriotic” side)
- Canvas Ribbon, Scrap Binding or Scrap Fabric
- Hot Glue/Gun or Sewing Machine
- Tea or Coffee for Staining (optional!)
- Bleach and Paintbrush for Touch-ups (if needed!)
That meant I needed to take the edge off the bright canvas with a little tea/coffee stain. I tried a couple different processes to see which I liked best and ended up preferring a tea stain, THEN chalk design.
In the photo below, the triangle on the left is the bright, plain canvas and red chalk marker. On the right is a triangle with chalk marker that has been stained AFTER chalking. Both have their merits, but I decided to go with a look in between the two.
The reason I choose to use chalk markers as opposed to paint is the somewhat see-through nature of chalk. The lines had an “antique-ness” to them after two coats that complemented those “antiqued” buntings. Beware — if you chalk first, THEN stain, you will lose a lot of the color and end up with a very antiqued look (like the example in the top photo). If you do have any “leaking” of chalk that is unwanted, a simple touch-up with pure bleach on a paintbrush will do the trick! Last note on chalk: I used the THIN side of the marker for these lines as opposed to the thick full side. Take your pick depending on the style you are going for!
If you think tea staining is difficult, you are sorely mistaken! For a project this small, it is simply a matter of dunking those little triangles in some leftover morning coffee and letting it sit for several hours. The fork holds the canvas down and keeps it from popping out of the top. Easy peasy!
This is a SUPER easy sewing project, but if you are scared to death of a sewing machine, hot glue will work! No excuses! Jump on the pennant, bunting, banner, swagging, garland bandwagon and get creative!!