DIY Modern Alphabet Wall Art Pennant

DIY Modern Alphabet Wall Art Pennant Tutorial | This military-inspired modern alphabet art is fun for a child's room or any room that needs a large piece of inexpensive wall art! Tutorial on Remodelaholic.com from Lemon Thistle.

Hello Remodelaholic readers! Colleen here from Lemon Thistle, home to DIY, home decor, printables, and parties. Today I’m back to share this simple but statement-making giant wall pennant with you! This DIY Modern Alphabet wall pennant is an afternoon project, but I love how much it pops with our decor. It’s technically a chalkboard- but I don’t ever plan to change what it says. I just love that look and texture.

UPDATE: Yes, your eyes don’t fail you. I spelled India wrong- I also lettered the alphabet in the wrong order the other day. And I’m probably going to leave them that way since they’re for my own entertainment and home decor anyway. Cool? Maybe not, but I’m more than okay with it.

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

And if you’re budget conscious like moi, you’ll be happy to know that this baby clocks in at about $20 give or take (less if you have black paint and a chalk pen!). So here’s the whole how-to…

DIY Modern Alphabet Wall Art Pennant Tutorial | This military-inspired modern alphabet art is fun for a child's room or any room that needs a large piece of inexpensive wall art! Tutorial on Remodelaholic.com from Lemon Thistle.

How to Make Your Own Modern Alphabet Wall Art Pennant
by Colleen from Lemon Thistle

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You’ll need:

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

Step 1: Cutting

The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your sign to size. We wanted ours to be narrower than the 2ft it came in, so we used a table saw to rip 6″ off. Next, I marked out the pennant shape on the bottom with my chalk marker and cut it out with a jigsaw. When the cuts were done, I used a fine grit (220 to be exact) sandpaper to smooth out the edges. Since fibreboard isn’t really wood, you just need a fine sandpaper to clean it up.

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

Step 2: Painting

Now it’s time for painting! When I do chalkboard looking surfaces, sometimes I cheat and use matte black paint. It looks just as good but isn’t erasable. For this guy, I don’t plan to erase it but I had some leftover black chalkboard spraypaint so I used that. Make sure you get the edges too! Let it dry completely before moving on.

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

Step 3: Lettering

When it’s all dry, lay it out on a flat surface and tape it down using painters tape. Measure out the spacing for your 26 letters and mark it on the tape (I used 1.5″ for each letter on this one). Use a square (I always cheat with a piece of printer paper) and use tape to make temporary lines to guide you. If I don’t do this, my letters are all over the place.

Peel back the temporary lines as you move down the board. I used a chisel tip marker- this allowed me to make thin strokes and thick strokes. It’s a bit cleaner looking than cheating the look with a bullet tip marker. Again, you could use a paint pen for this instead of a chalk marker but I like the variance in opacity that you get with a chalk marker.

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Before you start writing your letters- I’d practice on paper with a chisel tip. I wrote out the whole alphabet to get used to the chisel tip since I don’t use one often and to decide how I wanted each letter to look (which strokes are thick, which are thin… that sort of thing!). You could also sketch out your letters lightly in pencil before using your marker. I’m not patient enough for that so freehanded it.

Beside each of the letter-words I decided to add the morse code for each letter. I love how that filled out the space! My husband is kind of geeking out over it.

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

Step 4: Hanging

Now for hanging… since hardboard is pretty thin, we decided to glue a sawtooth hanger on. It’s light enough that this is totally secure. You could use any superglue, but my husband is a PL (construction adhesive) addict and think it’s the best for any and every job.

DIY Modern Alphabet and Morse Wall Pennant

Ta-Da! I really love how stark the black and white looks. It totally jives with the decor we have going on in our basement right now (the other art in there is a black and white stars map) and with those lights! And the size of art for the price… it just can’t be beat. What do you think?

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2 Comments

  1. Sorry, but it stood out to me from the very first picture – India is spelled wrong 🙁

    At least it is chalkboard 🙂

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