Reversible Tea-Stained Bunting | A Simple & Sweet Craft

Are you missing MOMMY CAMP yet?  No?  

Well good, because I have a couple more posts for ya before we hop RIGHT back into kiddo activities with CLOUD WEEK!  Today, I am starting a series simply (and aptly titled) [ Simple & Sweet ].  I plan to bring you more of these projects that don't take too long, do NOT overthink things and add a little bit of pretty to your life?  Ready to dive in?  Today's project is a basic pennant banner that can go juuuuuussst about anywhere!

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Remember that little pennant banner hanging in the kid's grocery store (and on my life-sized pinboard?) Well, unlike the cork wall which took OHHHHH....... 3 months?  This little pennant takes about 20 minutes!  The supplies are inexpensive and the process is easy enough for beginners!  Let's get started!


  • Canvas Triangles
  • Chalk Markers (I used black on one side and red for my "patriotic" side)
  • Canvas Ribbon, Scrap binding or scrap fabric
  • Sewing Machine or Hot Glue/Gun
  • Tea or Coffee for Staining (optional!)
  • Bleach and Paintbrush for touchups (if needed!)

I wanted my pennant bunting to blend in with these pretty tea-stained flag buntings I ordered from Consumer Crafts.  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.

banner fourth of july amy renea crafts unleashed before and after

The triangle on the right is tea stained and then chalked once.

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The reason I choose to use chalk markers as opposed to paint is the somewhat see-through nature of chalk.  The lines had an "antiqueness" 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 touchup 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!

banner fourth of july amy renea crafts unleashed chalk first coat

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!

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When the bunting is finished, simply attach each triangle to a length of ribbon or binding,
 bent in half over the triangles to secure.  Sew a simple, straight line along the bottom of the ribbon.

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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!!

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Did you miss the other posts in the CHEF WEEK Series?

Chef Hats and Aprons (coming soon!)
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So cute and fun, Amy!! I love it! Pinning.
Claire @