Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Something for the weekend...

We met Cat and her partner Tom about 4 years ago and what struck us was the energy and enthusiasm they both shared for craft. I'm happy to say that that energy and enthusiasm is still going strong and so is their beautifully web site Cut Out & Keep - a dynamic and cool craft website with tons of stuff you'll want to make!

Filled with amazing tutorials, great articles and features as well as a friendly and thriving user community... plus it's free to join! We are very big fans and we hope you will become one too...
so if you fancy getting your hands busy this weekend then take a look at Cut Out & Keep... but beware - you will spend a lot of time on there!

And here's a very special exclusive tutorial for our readers compliments of Cut Out & Keep, thanks Cat & Tom.

See Chalkboard Bunting and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep

Or you can follow the step by step instructions here:

 Chalkboard Bunting
Rewritable bunting for every occasion!
I've been obsessed with chalkboard paint recently and when trying to come up with a fun decoration for our bookcase, the idea of chalkboard bunting came to mind! It's perfect because I can change the message from Happy Birthday to Merry Christmas, depending on the season or our mood...

You will need:
Thin Wood
Chalkboard paint 
A paintbrush 
Hole punch 

Step 1: 
Start by cutting triangles out of thin wood. We used some scrap shipping wood that came as packaging with a piece of furniture. You can buy wood triangles in craft shops, if you struggle to find a piece that works well. You'll need about 12 triangles to be able to write a nice long message.

Step 2:
Paint your triangles with a coat of chalkboard paint and leave to dry.

Step 3: 
Paint with a second coat of paint and leave to dry again.

Step 4:
Punch a hole at either side of the top of the triangle. My wood was thin enough to use a hole punch.

Step 5:
Loop some string through the hole.


Step 6:
Secure at the back with a knot and then string through the second hole, securing with another knot.

Step 7:
Leave a small length of string between each triangle and continue threading them all on to the string.

Step 8:
Now the fun part. Write on your bunting with chalk. I used a ruler to give mine a neat outline, but you can decorate yours however you like!

And you’re done!
Hang up and admire your handy work! 

Here's the bunting in action the new Cut Out & Keep Google video:

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