Holiday Bunting Tutorial

I love bunting. I made a cute couple of strings of bunting for our living room door decor several months ago from some fun fabric scraps and love the color it brings to the room.

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Sorry for the bad picture, I took it while writing this!

Anyways, I wanted to make bunting for the holidays to hang on the china hutch, but totally different. I had everything I needed already, making this project free! The best kind.

This is what I used:

Burlap (you could probably get 1/2 a yard, and you can always find a use for burlap scraps!)

Jute

Black acrylic paint

Small Paintbrush

Hot glue gun and glue

Letters to trace

Sharpie

Let’s get started.

I measured the size of the triangles I used for my other bunting a cut a stencil from thick scrapbook paper. I had decided I wanted four flags and wanted it to say “noel.” You can see from this picture the dimensions I used (7.5″ x 8.75″).

20121202-003106.jpg20121202-002709.jpgI traced the flags with a sharpie onto the burlap and cut them out. Don’t worry- we’ll turn them over!

What I used as my stencil for the letters was one of my favorite crafty tools. I few years ago a family member gave me these black cardboard letters left from a project of hers, and love them! I used them on the dog silhouettes here. You could print letters and cut out to trace though. I again used a sharpie to trace the letters onto the front (the other side from the triangle tracing) of the flag.

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Then I filled in the letters with black paint. Make sure to have a paper towel or newspaper underneath because the paint will come through the burlap.

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20121202-002747.jpgAlmost done! After it dries (not long), you are ready to glue on the jute! You could also use ribbon for a fun holiday feel. Important! You may not be as… excited? as me and just flip the flags over to glue, but don’t do that! I learned the hard way. I thought I was done, and then I realized it read “leon.” Uh-oh. So, make sure to arrange the letters upside-down and right to left. Measure your length of jute before and the length between the flags you want, and then glue the jute to the tops of the flags.

20121202-002759.jpgAfter this has dried (even faster!) you are done and ready to hang! I actually hung mine with tape so that it would not be visible. It has fallen a few times but I just stuck it back on, no big.

20121202-002815.jpgThe best thing about the project is how fast and easy it is. Or maybe the best thing is that is is so easy to customize. Either way, this project is a great way to add some cute to your home for the holidays! You can making bunting like this for any occasion for any time of year. I certainly plan to make more in the future.

I’d love to hear from you. If you made this, what would yours say?

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