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I love buntings. They are one party decoration that can make any celebration come to life. I’m excited to say that we have moved way beyond the shimmery block letter buntings of my youth. Now buntings can match your decorations, spell a special message and be made easily at home. They can be made out of fabric, paper or even knitted. They also come in all sizes, making them the perfect decoration for everything from the cake to the dessert table.
When I sat down to make my first bunting, it wasn’t as easy as it looked. I thought I would just string the pieces together. Instead, I couldn’t get the twine to go in and out in the same direction. Then, the paper pieces kept clumping together and wouldn’t stay straight. After a couple of practices, I learned a number of tricks to assembling a bunting. Here are 3 ways to string together a paper party bunting.
You Will Need:
Bunting Print Outs
Scissors or Paper Cutter
Small Hole Punch
Baker’s Twine or Narrow Ribbon
1. Print out the pieces of your bunting. Carefully cut out each piece using scissors or a paper cutter.
2. Measure out the placement of the holes. I usually aim for 1 inch down and half an inch in on each side. Mark each hole with an X.
3. Punch each hole with the paper punch. I use a 1/8 inch hole punch because the hole fits the ribbon and twine better and doesn’t show as much.
4. Measure out a length of twine or ribbon. I used solid 8 to 10 yards of solid red baker’s twine for this bunting. It’s better to measure longer than shorter. Once you have the length cut you can’t make it longer. I always add up the length of all of my bunting pieces plus 2 inches in between each of them. It’s also a good idea to add a few extra inches just in case.
5. Start stringing together your bunting. There are three ways to strung it together.
The first is to string the twine or ribbon underneath each bunting piece. This will result in it being hidden. As you string along, add a piece a tape to the twine on the back of each card to hold it in place.
The second is to string the twine or ribbon in front of each card. To secure the twine or ribbon, add a small piece of tape to the edge of each piece.
The last is to string the bunting with both, using an inside out pattern. Secure the twine or ribbon on the back or edges of the bunting pieces with tape.
6. Trim each end of twine or ribbon to your desired length. Hang up as a party decoration on a wall, in front of a serving table or even along a mantel.
I made this “Love is Sweet” bunting for our recent fifth year anniversary. It was fun to add a little romantic touch to our fireplace mantel. I can’t wait to put it up again for Valentine’s Day. Knowing me I’ll come up with a new design by then! The “Love is Sweet” bunting is perfect for celebrating anniversaries, weddings and engagements. It would even make a fantastic photo prop. This bunting, along with many other ones, will be available in our shop soon as printable files and DIY bunting kits.