3.5.11

Tuesday Tip: No-sew bunting!

I'm not sure what the point of bunting is exactly but I've been seeing it evvveerrryywherrree at the moment, and finding it seriously cute and summery.

I decided to make my own the other day out of paper and a bit of pretty fabric. My little sister Shannon was coming over for her 17th birthday (hence the '17' on the bunting!) so it all kind of tied in with the festive theme.

You know I hate sewing machines and generally making an effort, so I found my own lazy route to Buntingsville. The nice thing about this tutorial is that you can use scraps of pretty paper and fabric that are too small to do anything else with and destined for the bin. Eco brownie points!


(Bicycle and blue floral paper - Paperchase, red floral fabric offcut - C&H, brown paper - Topshop packaging. Lol.)

You will need:

- Thin cardboard (eg. Pizza box) to make a template
- Pretty paper / magazine cuttings / fabric
- Hole puncher
- String / Ribbon

♥ Make a template out of cardboard.


♥ Prep your paper. If it's all curled up or creased, use your hair straighteners to iron it. Gotta love using straighteners as an iron.


♥ Trace around your template and cut out out all of your pieces.

(EDIT: Yona just added a great tip in the comments section. "So that the fabric triangles don't fray you can add a little bit of hairspray on the back (in case it's too shiny so that it won't show). It's a lot quicker than clear nail polish". What a fab idea!)



♥ Punch holes in the corners


♥ Thread the pieces onto some string or ribbon. Et voila!


You have reached the final destination of your journey: Buntingsville!

The other benefit of this easy peasy technique is that you can change your design at any time in the future, unlike if we'd glued it onto the string. For example, if you want to make it birthday themed like I did, whack a couple of numbered triangles on there. When the birthday's over, whack a couple of patterned triangles back on.

So there you have it. I'm seriously loving the bunting (it's still up in the lounge - 17's in tact - oops!).

I can just tell I'm going to become the type of freak that irons out all of their gift wrap after birthdays to reuse it!

What do you think of this week's tip?

I have loads of lovely home-y ones to share at the moment. More on that next week!

Big ♥

53 comments:

  1. HAHA this is so cute slash insane. i hope you turn out to be one of those old ladies that hoards everything, including every newspaper from 1908 and has lots of cats :)
    so so so cutes! I love bunting & this is actually amazing xo.

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  2. Haha awesome! I always keep wrapping paper but unfort the people I buy presents for are the ones whom I've saved the paper from their gift to me, so you can hardly reuse!

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  3. i'm a huge bunting fan, and this tip is definitely tops!
    i also love using my straightener for things other than hair. i find it perfect for fixing collars than have a wayward curl ;)

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  4. This is great. I was going to make some using fabric but at least this way I can change it when ever I want. I dont suppose you know where you got the paper with the bikes on it from do you? I want to use it in mine

    xx

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  5. Haha I actually had to reread the straightener bit because I thought I'd read it wrong! Genius though! I'm going to save my birthday gift wrap from now on xx

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  6. another brilliant tip Gem! very apt right now too, im definitely going to be giving this a go xx

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  7. I love this tip!
    I have some Cath Kidston fabric swatches I could use for this :)
    x

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  8. I actually made bunting a while back using material and staples... Not exactly a technically beautiful result but it resembles bunting enough to keep me happy! Your idea is definitely better though!xx

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  9. I'm def gonna do this. I was gonna buy some from ebay but this is awesome! xx

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  10. Love this! Would make some for my room if there actually was anymore space for decorative tat! Floral prints everywhere x

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  11. Loves it! I have a huge box full of pretty old bits of wrapping paper that I've collected over time. I use it in card making but now can also use as bunting! Great tip :-D xx

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  12. SUCH a good idea, I may have to nab this one :p

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  13. I love the idea of home decor Tuesday tips. Definitely something I need (or want...whatever). This is a nice one....thanks!

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  14. Ahhh love this tip! Really useful at the moment as there are plenty of BBQ's and celebrations going on. Need to raid my hoard of wrapping paper to see what will look good. x x

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  15. Awesome! I can also give you an extra tip: so that the fabric triangles don't fray you can add a little bit of hairspray on the back (in case it's too shiny so that it won't show). It's a lot quicker than clear nail polish :).

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  16. Am totally doing this at the weekend! I have a silly amount of patterned card/paper/wrapping paper that could easily be recycled for this! Also: straighteners as iron = every morning before work hhahaha ;) xx

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  17. You know what Gem, I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are an actual genius. I've been seeing loads of bunting lately and have been thinking it'd be nice to make some but just couldn't be bothered with the thought of sewing loads of triangles! Definitely giving this a go! x

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  18. Thats actually bloody ingenious!
    I love all your tips, and I love these household type ones. Keep them coming!

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  19. Haha I read this and giggled to myself :) How cute! Gotta love a lazy route!

    Natalie x

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  20. great idea! so using this for my next birthday!

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  21. This looks so cute and easy to do! Definitely going to give it a go :) x

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  22. This is very very cute and my friend's birthday is coming up - now I get to look caring without going massively into my overdraft for decorations, winner!!

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  23. i love this - so simple, and it would make the place look so pretty!

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  24. I love this! Very simple but very effective in brightening up a room.
    x

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  25. Coll idea nad im so glad im not the only one that uses GHD's as a substitute iron :] x

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  26. Amazing idea! This is perfect for parties in the summer time.
    Would be cute to do one with photos for a birthday or something.
    Saw you on Super Scrimpers the other night! Loving the pillowcase dress!

    Claire
    xox
    sittingprettyatmydesk.com

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  27. Awesome, I've been wanting to make some, and the no-sew version is definitely highest on the list!

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  28. Another fab idea! So easy and I'll definitely be using this tip for the next party occasion!

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  29. I love this, what a genius idea!

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  30. This is brilliant! I was just thinking about making bunting for my birthday party this year but thought it would take forever. But now it won't, yayyy!

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  31. It looks great, a really good idea!!



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  32. I love this tip! Will defo be using this some time :)

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  33. This is so cute and you've thought of such an easy way to do it :) x

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  34. This is such a sweet tip! Bunting always makes me feel all summery, and the bicycle pattern is adorable x

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  36. Absolutely love these!!! :-) Soooo cute!!

    Just saw you on the telly btw!!! Super stuff, never knew I could put mayonnaise on my face!!! :P :P

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  37. This is a brilliant tip! Love bunting but have always been too lazy to try and make any- so this tutorial is perfect for me :D

    xx

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  38. A really good idea! I don't know what use bunting is either but it's lovely all the same. The sort of decoration you never knew you needed until you see some in a shop :) DEFINITELY a reason to recycle more too, I bet using old wrapping paper for Lush boxes and products would be cool too, they always have nice patterns and would smell delish too, bonus! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  39. hey nothing wrong with ironing gift wrap (not me I just sit on everything haha total tramp haha). I record SS and you were great girly, I kept poking Barry to watch it. I loved that you did miss money penny's nails, nail artist to the stars here you come Gem I see it babe. I fucked so many cheese grants distressing everything when I was young (I'm hoping now my friends will see I was in no way crazy!). Going to try the mayo ...pure genius.
    Anyway how cute is this tip, I love this bunting and think this is such a winner I bet she adored it too. Your not lazy I love that you put effort to make things at all Gem ...Lazy would be just buying it.
    Anyway hope that work eases up for you and you get to go to same events, you earned it girly xxxx

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  40. adore this tip, bunting is so cute!x

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  41. Wow, amazing! It's so cute. . .now if only I wasn't so lazy ;)

    D xx

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  42. This is LOVELY! :) So pretty, and so simple aswell eh. I recently got sent some nice fabric bunting to put in my house somewhere... where did you put yours haha? I dont want it to look random/silly! Straighters as an iron = epic! I tend to do it if I'm running out the door and the bottom of my clothes are creased from sitting down to do my makeup etc :) xx

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  43. Love this tip, I've been to heaps of wedding fayres recently and these have been all over the shop - or stalls- but they're around a tenner a piece! Your version is far better

    xx

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  44. Fabulous idea, will definitely be giving it a go! xxx

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  45. i love it! been wanting to make some bunting for awhile now but this is just so much easier, thanks for the tip definitely trying it! xx

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  46. Oh my gosh, this is awesome - I've been slaving away trying to sew a string of bunting for ages and massively failing at it so I'm so going to try this instead. Love the idea that you could keep bits of wrapping paper and so on so your bunting almost becomes like a living scrapbook! I'm thinking you could do this with photos too and make photo bunting? The possibilities are endless!
    xxxx

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  47. This is bloomin brilliant, I've wanted some bunting for ages and keep meaning to make some with fabric, but this is so much easier and cheaper (...runs off to paperchase...) xxx

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  48. SHUT UP THIS IS AWESOME. Next time I get some free time I'm going to give this a shot...it's so cute and pretty!

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  49. Really great tip! Definitely will be trying this out sometime soon. Beats using a sewing machine.

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  50. Awesome! I made some bunting recently, but your way is much better (and much easier) x

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  51. Awesome! I recently made bunting but your way is much better (and much easier) x

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  52. O WOW! I cannot WAIT to try this! Just discovered you blog in the past ten minutes and I really love it. Bunting is beautiful and EVERYWHERE and I was wondering today how I was going to make some for my new flat without sewing or glue. Thank you so much, I can't wait to have a good old trawl through the rest of your blog! xxx

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