Saturday, 27 April 2013

Mini Bunting


It's my birthday next weekend - Cinco de Mayo!  The English weather is a bit up and down at the moment but we're hoping for a sunny day on the 5th May as we're planning a BBQ with a fiesta twist.

I have a few things planned for the day - tissue paper banners, a few paper pom poms and my favourite - mini bunting.

I've seen a few posts on how to make your own mini bunting but they all involve a lot of measuring and fuss so have come up with my own way own making easy bunting.  It's great for a cake topper, for wrapping around cakes (minus the sticks, of course!), you can even add a splash of colour to house plants or even use it without the sticks for card making.


Here's what you need:

- Wooden skewers
- Paper - I used origami paper but you can use pretty much any type you like
- Thread - any colour you like
- A small piece of card to use as a template
- A thin, sharp needle





To start with, cut out a triangle to use as a template.  I didn't measure anything, just eyeballed it to make sure it wasn't too wonky.





Use your template to cut out triangles from the paper of your choice.  Because the origami paper I used was so thin I was able to cut through several sheets at a time.





I had to cut my skewers down by about half because they were about a foot long.  If you need to cut your skewers down, use a nail file to smooth the top.






When you cut the length of thread that you need, make sure to add a good few inches as you will need the spare length to tie it up.

Wrap the thread around the top of the skewer several times and tie in a knot twice.  If the thread seems a little lose you can run a glue stick across the thread and let it dry before moving on to the next step.




Thread your needle and sew through the top of the paper triangles - try to be consistent with where you sew but it's not something you need to be 100% accurate at.

The length of the bunting is entirely up to you.  Once you feel you have enough triangles, wrap the end around the second skewer and tie twice as before.  Again, rubbing glue stick across the thread can help it stay in place and should dry to be invisible.

Lie the bunting flat and space the triangles evenly and then you're all done!




Done!


4 comments:

  1. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of party crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/party-crafts/

    Have a great day!

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  2. Thanks! It's really easy to make and you can use any colour or patterned paper to match the party theme!

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  3. This is exactly what I was looking for! I'm adding a bunting to my daughter's birthday cake using an old copy of Brown Bear Brown Bear and I was thinking I needed to glue the paper to the string....sewing makes more sense and will look great with the colorful pages. Thanks from the States!!!!

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    1. I'm glad you found my page and am sure your Brown Bear Brown Bear bunting will look great!

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