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It’s rare that I craft with traditional shades of red, white and blue but today we are going full patriotic with something that will make your paper crafting soul sing. You see, I spent a good bit of time living in The South, so I am very familiar with the charm of a porch decked out with swings and swags of red, white and blue fabric. But, alas, I currently live in Miami, where we don’t have porch swings…or even a porch for that matter. These days, my patriotic decor is relegated to the wall next to our dining table so I need to think small. With that in mind, I decided to craft up some easy paper bunting reminiscent of those southern porches. Let me show you how to make your own:

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

Chances are you have lots of this on hand:

  • A scoring board. The one I use is hard to come by these days, so I recommend the Trim & Score Board from We R Memory Keepers
  • One 1/2″ x 12″ strip of white paper
  • One 1″ x 12″ strip of red paper
  • One 1 1/2″ x 12′ strip of blue paper
  • Tape
  • Popsicle stick
  • Hot glue gun

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

STEP ONE

Place the white strip of paper onto a thick piece of tape

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

STEP TWO

Adhere the red and blue strips of paper on either side of the white strip to create a seamless red, white and blue pattern

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

STEP THREE

Place your striped paper onto the scoring board and score at 1/2″ intervals then fold into an accordion

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

STEP FOUR

On the back of the accordion fold, add hot glue into the first fold then place a popsicle stick as shown.

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

STEP FIVE

Add more glue into the bottom of the accordion fold, then bring the accordion fold around to attach the other half of the popsicle stick within the fold.

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

STEP FIVE (OPTIONAL)

Punch a 1″ circle from glitter paper and use hot glue to adhere to the center of the bunting. DONE!

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners | damask love

3 thoughts on “DIY Patriotic Paper Bunting Banners

  1. How festive! Takes me straight back to the country, front porch, with the breeze when you swing… 🙂
    Thanks for the bunting instructions. Will you also share how you did the colorful stars?

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