It’s almost that time of year again — time for us to host our annual chili cook-off! This is one of our favorite parties, mostly because we get to sample all of the yummy chili recipes! Two years ago (has it really been that long?) we showed you how we made out chili voting and sample boards. Remember these?
These have worked great the past two years, but they don’t LOOK so great anymore. When I pulled them out this year, you could see signs of chili stains from years past — YUCK! Even though I washed them right after the parties, it still didn’t rid them of these stains. I had to do something about them for this year so as not to gross out myself and my guests. Here’s what they looked like before:
The fix was fairly simple. First, I took some black gloss acrylic paint and painted the front of the board. I debated between brushing the paint on or using spray paint, and decided on brushing because I didn’t want to risk getting spray paint on the the metal clip. Then Chica made me some chili pepper images and I printed a bunch of them in different sizes and cut them out. (You could also use chili stickers if you like.) I arranged the peppers across the board and then used a gloss Mod Podge to adhere and seal the cut-outs to my boards.
I finish the board off by coating the entire front with a smooth coat of Mod Podge and then I painted the back of the board black. I also removed the ribbons holding the pens to the boards and replaced them with new red ribbons. Don’t they look a lot better? And, with the coating of gloss Mod Podge, I will be able to easy wipe off any chili spills!
If you like these chili pepper printables, you can purchase our template to print your own in three different sizes. They make great decorations for many elements of your chili cookoff, and are part of our Chili Cookoff Printables collection that’s available on Etsy. This collection lets you make:
- These chili pepper cutouts (in three sizes)
- Our voting ballots and scoresheet
- Our chili pot numbers and labels
- Our customizable Chili Cookoff invitations
If you’re hosting a chili cook-off this fall, we’d love to hear all about it! We can’t wait for our party, and have already picked out a few awesome decorations. I got some festive chili pepper dishes for condiments like cheese and sour cream, and decoration is easy with chili pepper garland and chili pepper confetti. And who doesn’t love a pinata?