Paper Bunting in 30 minutes or less!

August 26th 2013
I am a poor party planner. With all the running around, the details always fall by the wayside, and no one really notices after all the time invested. So I don’t sweat the small stuff for parties, not anymore.  How do I do a party? I get generic plates, character cake, some character decor $5 or less, a pool or a great location.  This year though, I really wanted a banner, which I now know is called “bunting” or “pennant.”
 
So 2 hours before the party I get this great idea, which apparently is how they are born, racing against the clock.
 
Using a bottle cap, paint bubbles on cardstock. 

 
Sit in front of fan for speed drying.
 
 
 
Meanwhile, cut letters with the Cricut real size 3 1/2 inches.

 
Although it has great “beachy” graphics, I used this Cartridge for the font.
 

 

 
When the paint is dry, mark on one side of the paper, the width of the top of the pennant. On the other side, mark the half point between the measurement of the top to indicate the point. (For example, if you want a six inch pennant, mark every 6 on side of the paper and 3 inches on the bottom. Your bunting will be the length you choose. I like it to be 2 inches longer than the width of the top but it could be double if you prefer, the wider, the longer!

Draw a zig zag line from the points at the top and bottom and cut on the line until you have as many pennants as you need.

Formula: Width of pennant divided by two equals where the point should be.
Width of the pennant plus 2 or times 2 equals the length.

 Glue letters, one per triangle.
 

 

 
I know, mine aren’t all the same size ; )

Sew together (or hot glue) with binding tape, we used Ric-Rac for “ocean wave” effect. Don’t leave space between the pennants they should just meet or be very close, not overlap.

 

 
 
Whew! That was fast and fun, off to get the cake, oh, and Happy Birthday!
 

 
Doesn’t it go great with the theme?
 

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