Last week, Seth’s sweet Grandpa turned 90 (!!). I was asked to make some type of decoration to hang on the wall at his party - so I thought I would share with you how you can (easily) make a totally customizable, professional-looking bunting for any occasion, cheap! I spent a little less than $10 for all my materials (I already had the “string” I used, scissors, hole punch, and paper cutter), and $6 of that was on the fabulous stickers I used for the words!
A note about your theme/colors before we start - I would advise picking out your stickers before you decide on your paper color. For example, I was planning on making a sparkly gold banner with navy letters, and then realized when I got to the sticker aisle that there weren't stickers in the font or size I liked that were navy! So, I found gold letters and used navy paper. There are always going to be WAY more paper options than letters (if you're using stickers or pre-cut letters), so it's much easier to work around the sticker availability.
P.S. I totally forgot to put my scissors and the “string” (yarn) in the picture. You definitely don’t need a paper cutter like this one, it will just make cutting multiple straight lines much easier. You can use scissors for the whole project, you might just have some edges that are a little less straight! Also ignore that I need to vacuum my floor please ;)
Before you start, you’ll need to figure out how big you’d like your finished product to be, to determine how big to make your individual flags, and also how large your letter stickers need to be. I had 12 letters, and 2 spacer flags in between my three words. I also knew I wanted the finished banner to be 3 or 4 feet long. I just tried a couple widths out to calculate how wide to make my flags! With 14 flags at 3 inches wide, the final length will be 3.5 feet, plus the space in between the letters on the string. Perfect! Then make your rectangles a couple inches longer than they are wide. If you’re making a huge or super tiny banner, adjust the length of your rectangles accordingly. A 3x5 ratio or something similar ends up looking nice!
I figured out that I needed to make my rectangles 3 inches wide by 5 inches long. Because I have 12x12 inch paper, I can get two 5x12 inch strips out of one sheet, and then chop those strips into 3x5 inch segments. So I first cut two inches off one side to make my paper 12x10 inches, then in half again to make two 5x12 inch rectangles.
Now that I have my 5x12 inch strips, I marked every 3 inches where I needed to cut it into rectangles, then cut them all out!
Here’s a visual for how big your letters can be (they can be smaller than this, too! But this is about as big as you can fit, proportion-wise!). Make sure your rectangles are about 2 inches longer than your letters (to leave room for stringing and making our little points at the bottom) and wide enough for the letters to fit comfortably. For mine, I made my points come an inch into the bottom of my rectangles. If you want more exaggerated or shallower points, definitely alter your measurements accordingly! (When in doubt, make your first one shallower rather than deeper, so you can change it if you don’t like it! No wasted paper that way!)
Lightly mark the middle of your short side. (By the way, it’s better to mark on the wrong side of your paper if it has a wrong and a right side like mine, so your marks don’t show. .I accidentally marked the right side in these pictures... oops)
Mark up from the middle mark how deep your points are going to be. Mine are 1 inch deep.
If your paper is a manageable size for the blade on your scissors, it is much easier to cut the points out this way than having to stop in the middle of your rectangles with the blade on a paper cutter. It might be easier for you, though, so either way works! So using scissors or a paper cutter, carefully cut a straight line from the corner of your rectangle, exactly to the mark you made. Do this on both sides.
You should have an adorable, symmetrical little flag!
The hard part is over, once these are all point-ified!
okay, quick side note...I picked out a different gold glitter sticker pack and was happily wandering away from the sticker aisle in Hobby Lobby (beeeest place for stickers of any kind and they are always on sale or there’s almost always a coupon you can use!! Anyways...) when I decided to double check it had enough letters in it. Turns out, it didn’t have any numbers included! I would have been SO bummed to get home and realize I couldn’t finish the bunting because I didn’t have a 9. So, long story short, make sure your stickers have numbers included if you need numbers! Haha okay, back to the tutorial...
Now you just need to place your stickers nice and centered on your flags! Alternately, if you’re super talented (unlike me), you could totally hand letter your words on these, and it would be amazing!
Another, quicker side note...how amazing are these stickers?! The chunky glitter is glorious.
Seriously. Making things is so much more fun when your work space is so sparkly.
All done! Now all that's left is to punch holes and string it all together.
An option here is to measure a spot in all of the corners in order to place the hole punch in the same spots on every flag. I decided to eyeball the placement of mine using the hole punch itself. Here's how I lined up the punch with the corners of my flags.
Once all the corners are punched, It's time to string. Leave the string uncut, it makes it easier to figure out how long it needs to be! So unravel a bit of the string, and start stringing with the LAST flag, from the left to the right. If it floats your boat, start with the FIRST flag, but string right to left. Either way!
I find it looks nicer when most of your string is hidden, so put your string in and out from the front, so the string lays across the back.
Here's what the back of my flags look like.
Just keep sliding the flags along the string to make more room for the next ones. When you've got them all on, make sure to slide everything along so you have the desired amount of string at the cut end. Then you can cut the other end to match.
All done! As you can see, I left quite a bit of string at both ends, as I had no idea how it was going to be hung at Grandpa's party! In a home, you probably wouldn't need quite as much extra, haha.
As an extra treat, here's a picture of the bunting in action. He's the cutest, isn't he??
Please leave any questions or comments below!
Hey there! My name is Kirstie. I'm here to jot down what it's like for us to make our way in the world - having fun on a budget, refashioning and DIY-ing our hearts out, pursuing business ventures, and raising a sweet babe in this crazy world. Join me for a slightly haphazard journaling of my little family and our pursuits and adventures!