How to make bunting

How to make bunting

A busy street party decorated with bunting, Eden Project Communities
Bunting brightens any event, so what better way to spread the cheer than by making it yourself?

It's easy to make bunting out of things you already have at home; it's a simple process that everyone can get involved in. Holding a community street party? Why not ask each house to make their own flags and come together to create a one of a kind community decoration!

To make bunting you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Blu-Tack or drawing pins
  • Scraps of material
  • Ribbon, bias tape or even old shoe laces to string your bunting on
  • Adhesive: double-sided tape, glue-gun, stapler or needle and thread
Make a template

Using a ruler, draw the outline of a triangle onto your piece of cardboard. Take your scissors and carefully cut out the shape to create your own bunting template. For the classic bunting shape, we recommend marking measurements of 16cm for the top edge and 22cm for the sides. If you're feeling adventurous, you could try different shapes and sizes for your template. 

Cut out your flags
A template to make bunting attached to scrap material.

Attach your bunting template to pieces of scrap material using pins or Blue-Tak so that the fabric doesn't move while you are cutting out your flag. Carefully cut around the template to create the flags and repeat until you have the amount you want.

Space out your flags
Bunting flags spaced out along bias tape ready for sticking into place.

Space your flags evenly along the material you have chosen to string them on. Bias tape is a narrow strip of fabric, handy for finishing off rough edges of fabric; you can find it in various colours and sizes in your nearest sewing shop or large supermarket. Ribbon also works well for bunting; try to find fun colours and patterns to make your bunting stand out. You could even use old shoe laces or string — get creative!

Get sticking

Affix your flags to your string, being careful to leave a decent amount of free space either end for hanging your bunting. You can attach your flags in a couple of ways: a needle and thread will give you a lovely polished look; a hot glue-gun is quick and easy (mind your fingers with the heat); or, if you're short on time, try out double-sided tape or even a stapler! 

Hang up
A group of people wearing The Big Lunch t-shirts holding brightly coloured bunting.

... and enjoy!

Remember, bunting can be made out of almost anything — recycled scraps of old fabric, old clothes, plastic bags or even old tents — so get creative and make sure to share your beautiful bunting with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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