Cheap? Check. Easy? Check. Quick? Check. Kid friendly? Check. Ok even if you don’t have kids? Check. Super fun and summery? Check. I’m telling you, these simple no-sew flags check all the boxes.
I recently hung some handmade banners in my newborn daughter’s nursery, and I loved how festive it made the room feel. For summer, especially, I love a fun, laid-back, imperfect and casual, party feel… and I thought my 2 and 4-year-old boys would love it.
Boy was I ever right… My oldest’s first question was, “Mom, can we leave our fun summer party flags up forever?!?!?!”
My response was non-committal. 😉
But for a few bucks and maybe an hour of work, I don’t feel pressured to leave them up any longer than I want to. If I get tired of them in a week, no problem. But if we still love them a year from now, it’s all good because they look “amazing” (according to my 2-year-old).
I started with some fabric squares from Joanne’s. I varied the sizes of the patterns and tried to capture a slightly vintage feel.
Those plus some scissors, white grosgrain ribbon, and hot glue were all I needed. I folded the fabrics so I could cut out multiple layers at once and then lined up all my fabrics in the order I planned to use them.
Armed with my hot glue gun, I grabbed two triangles of a given color and put a bead of glue along the top edge of the back side of one triangle (see left photo below).
I secured the ribbon and then put another bead of glue around the edge of the face-down triangle and placed the second triangle face up on top (see right photo above). This makes your bunting two sided. Perfect for stringing haphazardly overhead. And, naturally, a perfect complement to my completely undecorated bookcase in my kids room (insert much-needed grace to the mother of a 5-week-old 😉 ).
I even used a few of the flags to make a little bunting to add to my patriotic decor.
I’m telling you, it doesn’t get much simpler and more fun than this! What ways do you add whimsy to your summer decor?
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