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Patriotic Bunting Banner DIY

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Come see how to easily create this no-sew patriotic bunting banner DIY for the Summer festivities!

As I was perusing my favorite thrift store a few weeks ago, I came across piles and piles of large fabric scraps that someone had donated. It must have been hundreds of dollars worth of fabric! I took my time sorting through it all and came out with two rolls of fabric that I thought I could do something with. A few days later, this project came to me so I just rolled with it and here we are! Join me today as I show you how to create this easy, no-sew patriotic bunting banner DIY for Summer!

When I got home with said fabric my hubby says “You have such a love for textiles!” I thought for a minute and was like, “You are totally right!” I think in another career I would love to be a fabric designer.

Browsing through various fabrics inspires me and usually puts me in a very creative head space. All of the different patterns evoke distinct moods and feelings, which plays into the overall aesthetic of a space. That speaks to me, you know??

thrifted patriotic fabric

Anyways, I’ve said it before, but you can find crafting items at the thrift store for such inexpensive prices if you just take a minute to look. The two fabrics that I found were $3.99 a piece, each containing at least 3 yards of material. You can’t even buy one yard of fabric for $3.99 at the craft store!

I knew these patriotic looking textiles would be so fun to use for Summer. If you look closely, the red, white and blue fabric actually has a little farm scene all over it. Just adorable. This DIY is a fun one so let’s get into it!

Materials and Supplies

You don’t need many supplies or materials for this project. Besides the fabric, I had everything else in my craft drawer.

I will link supplies I used from Amazon down below in case you need any of them.

materials needed for a DIY patriotic bunting banner

  • scrap fabric in 2 different patterns or colors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • rope, string or twine
  • fabric scissors
  • cardstock
  • Sharpie
  • pencil

Patriotic Bunting Banner DIY

Step 1: Make a Triangle Template.

To be sure all of the bunting pieces are the same size, the first thing you will want to do is make a triangle template.

To do this, I simply measured out a 6 by 6 by 6 inch triangle on a piece of card stock and then cut it out.

Tip: You can choose to make your triangles any size. It’s really up to you how small or large you want your banner to be.

This is also a good time to plug in your hot glue gun and let it heat up.

a triangle template for a bunting banner

Step 2: Trace Triangles Onto Fabric.

First, fold the fabric in half if possible. This way, you can cut out two triangles at a time.

Then, place the triangle on top of the fabric.

Tip: I suggest turning the fabric inside out so that the pale side is facing up. This will help the marker outline to not be seen on each triangle after it’s cut out.

trace a triangle template onto fabric for bunting

I used a Sharpie marker to trace the triangle on to the fabric so that it was easy to see. Use whatever writing utensil is most comfortable.

You could also cut around the triangle without tracing if that’s your jam.

a triangle traced onto thrifted fabric for a DIY bunting banner

I continued this process with both fabrics until I had all of the triangles that were needed for my banner.

white thrifted fabric for a DIY bunting banner

Step 3: Cut Out Triangles.

Next, cut out all of the triangles that you traced in the previous step.

Tip: I recommend using a sharp fabric scissors so you don’t get frayed or uneven edges.

four fabric flags cut out for a DIY bunting banner

I ended up cutting out 8 triangles from each fabric pattern.

You may have more or less depending on the size of your banner.

fabric triangles cut out for a DIY bunting banner

Step 4: Cut Rope to Length.

You guys. I did not measure the length of my rope! I eye-balled it and called it good. Sorry! My guess is that it’s around 9 feet long.

cut rope to length for a DIY bunting banner

Step 5: Glue Triangles Onto Rope.

First, I measured 3 inches in from the end of the left side of the rope and marked that spot with a pencil. The pencil spot is where I will glue the left end of the first triangle.

measuring for a DIY bunting banner

Then, position the first triangle in place.

The easiest way I found to do this is to place the long side at the top but flipped over so that the pale, back side of the fabric is showing. That’s where the hot glue will go and then you can just flip it atop the rope!

place a triangle bunting piece for glue for a DIY bunting banner

Next, squeeze a thin line of hot glue all the way across the top of the triangle.

hot glue for gluing a bunting banner

Then, flip the triangle over and roll the top portion over the rope to secure.

blue triangle glued for a bunting banner

You are going to continue this process with each triangle. Be sure to measure 3 inches or however much space you would like in-between your flags each time and mark it with a pencil.

two flags glued on a DIY bunting banner

I did an every-other pattern with my triangles but you do whatever is pleasing to you.

a DIY bunting banner in progress

I ended up using 7 of each triangle for a total of 14 bunting flags.

a DIY bunting banner

A few things:

  • If I were to make this again, I would make my flags 2 inches larger.
  • I don’t have pinking shears like my friend Anna used for her flag garland but I would have liked to use one to cut out my triangles. It would make the edges a little cleaner. But, wabi-sabi, you know?!
  • You could also trim out each triangle with ribbon or rick-rack but again I didn’t have any on hand at the time!

Where to Display a Bunting Banner

A bunting banner is the type of decor piece that you can display just about anywhere!

Since this is a patriotic themed banner, you can pull it out year after year to decorate for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Flag Day.

Since my Summer hutch has a patriotic theme to it, I decided to drape my bunting banner across it.

a DIY Patriotic bunting banner displayed on a hutch

Here are some places to try:

  • hang it over a hutch
  • draped across on outdoor fence or lattice
  • across a shelf like a garland

a DIY patriotic bunting banner displayed on a shelf

  • place it over a mirror
  • spanning a doorway or archway
  • weave it through a vignette on a shelf or credenza

a DIY patriotic bunting banner draped over a mirror

Closing Tidbits

This patriotic bunting banner DIY is such a fun accessory to use for Summer! Creating your own home decor may be a little time consuming and tedious at times but you guys, it is so rewarding and well worth the effort. Your home is a reflection of you. When you can piece together a one-of-a-kind decoration, handmade by you, that is something to be celebrated! Be encouraged to create, finding new ways of doing things along the way.

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Leave me a comment! Do you have any scrap fabric laying around that you could use for crafting? I love hearing from you!

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a DIY bunting banner hanging on a shelf

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