There is something so festive, and so British, about bunting.

I have a crush on these flags. Any excuse to wave them, I do. I love them so.

A string of antique fabric bunting hangs above our daughter’s bed, a treasure found at the summer fête. During last year’s Diamond Jubilee, villages celebrated Her Majesty’s 60 year reign by lining their high streets with patriotic bunting. I,too, strung some in our conservatory and could not part with it for nearly a month after the Queen had retired her Jubilee crown.

For our daughter’s second birthday I decided to test my bunting craft. While I enjoy needlepoint, and can sew on the odd button or two, I do not own a sewing machine. For this bunting project I used paper, scissors and glue.

  • card stock or 250g weight white paper (or look for pre-cut paper bunting from local craft store)
  • straight edged ruler
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • assorted paper for bunting (I raided my stock of wrapping paper)
  • hole punch
  • bunting string (twine) or any decorative ribbon to fit through punched holes
  • pencil
  • markers
  • glitter glue (optional)
bunting template, 14.5 cm width  x 21 cm height
  1. Use a straight edged ruler to draw a 14.5 cm (5.75 in) x 21 cm (8.25 in) triangle onto card stock. Cut out triangle with scissors. This is your bunting template.
  2. Create as many triangles as required for your bunting.
  3. For added touch, edges may be scalloped.
  4. Using a glue stick, glue bunting triangles onto decorative paper. Ensure paper design is glued the right direction for hanging the bunting!
  5. Allow glue to dry and then cut triangles out of paper.
  6. For lettering, design bubble letters with markers and use glitter glue for added festive sparkle
  7. Using a hole punch, evenly punch three pairs (six holes) along seam of triangle.
  8. Use bunting twine or preferred string to weave through punched holes.
  9. Evenly space out bunting triangles along the twine.
  10. Hang bunting and let celebrations begin!
  • If using a light weight decorative paper, use a glue stick as heavier glues may cause the paper to buckle.
  • Ensure the paper design is glued on in the right direction for displaying.
  • Wrap end of twine with Scotch tape to help weave through the punched holes.
  • Let creative juices flow! Use a variety of papers, colours, stickers, jewels, glitter…kids enjoy making flags, too!