July 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Bunting Tutorial (w/ free printables)

Well, it's been awhile, but maybe you remember Tedd's birthday party back in June?  I'm just now getting around to doing a little post-a-roo about the fun Happy Birthday Bunting.
I could just kick myself for not getting the whole thing in a picture!  
Oh well, you get the idea, right?
 
 "HAP IRTHDA"

I was inspired by the talented Miss Mustard Seed, when I saw some pics of a wedding she did & a hand-painted bunting she made for the gift table.  Beautiful!  With the new baby, I wouldn't even dream of having enough time for hand-painting!  So I went for an easier alternative...

Here's a quick & easy tutorial of how I made my banner, plus a free download of the Happy Birthday letters!

1. Make a template for your flags using a piece of cardboard (I cut mine out of a cereal box).  There are all kinds of shapes you could make - from semi-circles, to triangles, to rectangles.

2.  On your fabric, trace out all your flags using your template.  Then cut them out.  I used a canvasy fabric.  (Can I use that word?)

3.  Print out your letters (backwards) onto t-shirt iron-on transfer paper.  You can download "Happy Birthday" here and here.  If you want to personalize it a bit further, I used the JF Ringmaster font.


4.  Then cut out your letters and follow the instructions on the transfer paper, ironing on each letter to it's flag.

5.  Peel off the backing of the transfer paper and you have your flag!  Repeat 'til you have all your letters on their flags.

6.  When you've finished all your bunting flags, it's time to get some holes in them so you can hang the final product.  This is really optional, because you could also sew them to a ribbon, glue them, etc.
This is a "grommet punch," a.k.a. "eyelet pliers"
You can find them in craft stores near the grommets.  It's not totally necessary; like I said, you can use other methods of hanging your flags.  I just already had this on hand from my scrap-booking days.
grommets
7.  If you decide to "thread" your flags on a string like I did (I used hemp cord), you'll likely need to tie knots as you thread in order to hold the flags in place (keeping them from sliding down the string).  If you don't swag your banners, however, then you probably wouldn't have to worry about the flags sliding around.

I hung three separate banners, saying "Happy" "Birthday," "Tedd!"

I think if I make one of these again, I'll try a different method of hanging the flags, because threading them was pretty time-consuming.

But I loved the result!!
Please let me know if you wind up using the Happy Birthday letters!!  I think they'd be great for a kid's birthday party, especially if you do a vintage circus theme!  I love parties, don't you?!

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