Making Birthday Bunting

I’m a little obsessed with bunting. It is so adorable, and on a miniature scale, it’s irresistible. I recently took my first attempt at creating some on my own for our Grandma’s 96th birthday. Yes, 96, and if anyone deserves a special day, it’s her. So I was happy to add a little fun to her place setting for this wonderful occasion.

If you’d like to give it a shot, follow along — and drop me a comment to let me know how it worked out!

You will need:

  • Paper (with the colours and patterns of your choice)
  • Ribbon, string, or floral wire
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Adhesive (something like this is really handy for this project)

And alternatively:

  • Oasis floral foam
  • 2 small containers (I used tea light holders)

First I made a template piece to work with. Get out your ruler to help you make a symmetrical diamond shape. Use this to trace onto your bunting paper, and later cut out.

These pretty little things (PYT’s), will be later folded in half to create the bunting.

Now’s the time to plan our your sentiment. Arrange your paper in the pattern that best suits your mood. And use this to determine the width of string you will need to string between your bamboo skewers.

Once you’ve wrapped your string, or, in my case, floral wire (which is super handy because it makes wrapping it around the skewer easy and very secure) around the bamboo skewers, set it aside and prepare your paper. Fold each diamond in half, and double-check you have enough pieces to account for all your letters. I like to add a few blank ones on the ends as well.

When you’re ready, apply your adhesive to the inside of the folded bunting paper pieces. Then, wrap around the string so the bunting is hanging downwards.

Once all your bunting is hung, its time to write out your sentiment with a marker. At this point you could place the skewers directly into a cake as decoration OR for a place setting, you can prepare Oasis floral foam into 2 small containers to use as a base for the bamboo skewers.

You can also throw a little paper or fabric over the container to hide the floral foam as seen here:

And, there you have it ladies and gents. What do you think?

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