Sunday, December 1, 2013

Advent Bunting - A Tutorial

Happy First Sunday of Advent! The countdown is officially on.

Have you cracked into your calendar yet? I've got Advent Tea, and an Advent Tree, but I thought it would be fun to make something a little more decorative...

Enter, Advent Bunting. It's fast, easy, cheap, and environmentally friendly! This project cost me 3 euros - two for the clips and one for the ribbon, and it took about an hour.

 First, find a Christmas catalogue.

oh, how i miss you, john lewis!
Then, cut a cardboard template for your bunting. I used a traditional triangle, but you can use any shape you want. Make sure your template fits the paper you are going to use.
tiny bunting for the tree or a bookshelf would be cute too!

Use the template to cut 24 pieces from Christmas-y pages. If you want to make a more seasonal decoration to leave up through the New Year, cut out winter scenes.

come on, count them. you know you want to...
Find some ribbon (or string or garland, whatever you like) and five tacks or little nails. I have some cool bird and flower push pins, so I used those. Decide where you want to hang the bunting, and cut the ribbon to the appropriate size. You can put your pins up now, too. I put one pin every sixth paper for balance.

now you know who to call in a decorative pushpin emergency
Fix the paper to the ribbon. I used tiny Advent clothespins! Or just attach one, and add another each morning as you count down to Christmas.

how convenient, the catalogue has a countdown page!
Hang the bunting on the pins.
advent bunting in our dining room

You're done!

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