Tis The Season To be Crafty!
Wikipedia says, “Bunting” is a term for any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic, paper or even cardboard in imitation of fabric. Typical forms of bunting are strings of colorful triangular flags and lengths of fabric in the colors of national flags gathered and draped into swags or pleated into fan shapes.”
I never knew the name…I just called them “triangular pieces of quilty fabric.” Some people call them pennants, too. Anyway, I AM slightly OBSESSED! I made some bunting out of scrapbook paper and have it on my pallet wall: (see that post here)
paper bunting I made
Sooo, I was trying to come up with something for the wall behind our couch. It’s so vast and empty. I also wanted to do something that I came up with on my own. So instead of googling it, I “pinterested” it. There were a couple things that were sort of what I was thinking of, but no tutorials, so I figured if I wanted to be like Nicole Curtis, I had to get behind the camera!
I made some for a craft fair that were made out of a log that my husband cut into disks for me and I spelled out “CHRISTMAS.” It was sold at a recent craft fair, so I am not sure what I’ll put on them…I’m thinking our last name so they can stay up year round instead of just seasonal.
Ok, here we go with the short version of the tutorial right off the bat:
Steps 1 & 2: cut wood into triangles and drill holes for the string
I started off with a piece of pine that I had previously painted white. I was going to make another sign with it, but changed my mind. I found this triangle template on pinterest (of course, where else does one go to find things?) I cut out the template, put it on the wood and traced it.
After sanding the edges and holes, put the tape on your triangles
Once I cut all of the triangles that I wanted I used a boar bit to make circular holes in the top corners of my triangles. Next, I taped the wooden bunting where I wanted to make crisp lines of red and white for a candy cane look. It was already painted white, so all I had to do was two coats of red. I used Americano chalk paint, but acrylic or anything you have will do. While the paint is still wet, pull the tape off. When the paint dries you can move on to the next step.
Place carbon paper under your printed out letter and trace with pen
Print out the words or phrase you want. I used “Storybook” font in size 190 for “Be Merry.” You can make these for a birthday, another holiday or just painted without words. Cut the individual letters out and tape them onto the triangles, but just tape the top of the paper. You will then take carbon paper/transfer paper and slide it underneath the letter. Take a pen and trace the letter. This will leave an outline of your letter in which you will then paint.
When it was all dry, I took some off white ribbon and laced it through the holes. I left about 12 inches of ribbon on each end so I could tie a knot and a loop to hang the wooden bunting from.
Voila! You have custom made, unique Christmas or holiday decor! People will swoon over it I promise!
Display your wooden bunting wherever you want! I replaced my paper bunting with my new festive Christmas one! What do you think? What phrase or word would you put on yours?
* I did make a video, but the flu has gotten me and I just can’t edit and upload it right now! I’m sorry! I’ll update the post later when I add the video :)*
This is post #21 of a series of Christmas related posts called Countdown to Christmas!
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