- Paper or card
- Regular scissors or scissors with a serrated edge such as pinking shears
- Felt tips, pens, pencils – anything with colour!
- Hole punch
- A length of ribbon or string
It’s a good idea to decide where you want your bunting to hang first, so you know how big you need your flags to be and the finished length you need (use a tape measure or ruler if you want to be really accurate). Failing that, just be brave, dive right in and find the place to hang your masterpiece later!
The next step is to have fun designing and creating! Do you want to include a message in your bunting or would you rather have pictures, doodles and drawings? We’ve gone for a very simple, festive greeting - MERRY CHRISTMAS. If, like us, you decide to write a message, check how many flags you will need for your wording, one per letter.
Next you need to create a flag template. These can, of course, be any shape you fancy – square, circle, triangle, snowflake – anything! – for ours, we decided to go with traditional triangles. We created eight flags, each 10cm wide at the top, from each sheet. We started by drawing a line down the centre of each sheet to create two parallel sections and marked every 5cm along each long edge. For each flag, we drew diagonals in from each corner of the 10cm at the top to the 5cm dot on the opposite edge of the section and continued like this with one flag up, one down all the way along, repeating for the second section.
Once you’ve drawn out your shapes, it’s time to cut them out! We used pinking shears to give each diagonal line a pretty zig zag edge.
Next, you’ll need to punch some holes in the top of your bunting flags so you can thread them onto a piece of ribbon or string: one side of a hole punch works fine for this so long as you want holes near the edge of each flag!
Now, they’re ready to decorate! For us, the more colour the better, so we drew out each letter and used our colourful eatsleepdoodle pens to colour them in!
Thread your length of ribbon or string through the holes. We decided to weave over and then under each flag in an alternating pattern.
You’re now ready to hang! Merry Christmas!