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Tuesday’s Resourceful Little Idea: DIY Recycled Paper Bunting

March 15, 2011

Salvaged Newspaper Bunting from The Sweetest Occasion


Easy paper bunting tutorial by Cap Classique

Bunting from Boxcar Press

Today’s resourceful little idea is birthday-inspired. What better way to decorate a large hall or small sitting room for a birthday party than by stringing up bunting? But I speak from experience when I say that sewing fabric bunting takes a very very long time, and requires a certain level of forward planning, dedication and commitment. Of course, once it’s done you can re-use it over and over again, so fabric bunting is great, but when you are short of time, short on fabric, or have no inclination to sew, than paper bunting is the perfect alternative.

Last year we hired out a hall for the boy’s party, and the space was so vast that I needed a quick easy solution to decorate it and decided to throw caution to the wind and attack a few copies of my old National Geographics with scissors. I think I made about 100 metres of paper bunting by cutting triangles out of three National Geographic magazines and then sewing them all together using a large zigzag stitch. The end result was perfect.

Making your own paper bunting so versatile as you can make the triangles as small or big as you want. Mini bunting strung around a cake table at a party looks lovely, and larger bunting can help fill a bare hall. You can recycle all sorts of paper into bunting, from old books and maps to magazines, wrapping paper, origami paper, newspapers and comics and even printed images and photos.You can also personalise the bunting, sticking letters or images onto the triangles for more effect. Of course you could also ditch the triangles altogether and cut other shapes out of paper for your bunting, I saw a lot of heart bunting in February.

I find the best way to attach them all together is to sew a continuous zigzag stitch from one triangle to the next, buy if you don’t have a sewing machine they could be hand-stitched or glued together, or you could attach them to twine or ribbon.

And if you really can’t be bothered to make any, you can always buy some vintage paper bunting from Folksy and Etsy.

Bunting from Vintage English at Folksy


Handmade Paper Heart Garlands from The Green Gables

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2011 11:30 am

    It’s beautiful, I love the one made with Newspapers.


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