How To Assemble A Paper Bunting

A few TQB customers sometimes need a bit of help on how to make a bunting from the printables they bought from the shop. Today, in between lunch, doing the laundry, folding and putting away clothes, and watching Daniel Radcliffe’s thriller movie “A Woman In Black” (because the less scary way of watching a scary movie is during the bright day time), I took a few snapshots of the process of assembling a bunting.

Basically, you can print your printable bunting file on letter size or A4 size white paper or white cardstock.  You can print it easily at home, if you have your own printer, or take the file to the local print shop such as Officeworks (here in Australia).

There are at least two options of cutting out and assembling the flags for your bunting.  Let’s  discuss one option at a time. I’ll start with the no-hole option.

For the ‘no-hole’ option (as I’m calling it), when you cut out the flags, leave approximately 1 inch of extra white space on the top part of each flag, like this:

Fold to form the flap.  Do this to all the flags for your bunting.

 Arrange the flags face down. Place your ribbon behind flags, tucked under the flap.  You can do this to one flag at a time.

 Put an adhesive at the bottom end of the 1″ flap to secure it.  You can use paste or glue or double sided adhesive tape.  I often use double sided adhesive tape as I find it less messy to use. When you are doing this part of the process, please check every now and then that the flags you are adding to the ribbon are in correct order in forming your bunting’s message.

 If you have chosen to print your flags on a normal thickness white paper, this option of assembling the bunting would work well.

Now, the next option is the one where you punch a couple of holes on the top of each flag. For this option, you can cut out the flags right round the edges, without adding any margins or extra white space around it.  Then, with a pencil, mark the center of the top portion of each flag.

Using a double hole puncher, punch out holes on the top of your flags. Use the pencil mark as a guide to center the holes.

Take your ribbon through the holes of each flag.  I recommend using a ribbon that is, at least, as wide as the diameter of the holes. Slightly wider than that is also okay. This helps the flags stay on the part of the ribbon where you want it to stay when you hang the bunting up. If your ribbon is too skinny, it can make the flags move a lot on the ribbon.

Your finished bunting would look like this.  Remember to leave enough length of ribbon at each end of your bunting, for hanging purposes.

If you have chosen to print your bunting flags on a thicker cardstock, this option of assembly would work well.

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