Hello There! Can you believe how fast the time is flying this year? It's already October! And almost half way to Halloween at that!! To really get myself and my apartment in the spirit I decided to throw together a little tutorial on how to make this super cute Halloween bunting banner. It's ridiculously easy and the same method can be used with any themed design, like birthdays, other holidays, etc.
To start things off, here's a list of all the tools you need to make this happen:
- Twine, String or Ribbon
- Washi Tape (optional)
- Glue dots (optional)
- Hole Punch (optional)
- Paper (any paper you prefer will work)
- A Ruler
- Markers and/or Pens
Step 1: Creating an Outline
Okie dokie, now that we've collected all the materials we need it's time to start the process of drawing our bunting flag triangles. I measured my paper and did some simple calculations to determine the size of the flags I wanted, as well as the dimensions which made the best use of all the paper. My flags are cut from 2.5x2.5 inch squares.
I use a thin black marker to make dots where I want the walls of my squares to line up, and then once I've drawn in a grid I use a thick marker to thicken the outlines of my flags. You can use as much precision as you desire, but I like the look of my Halloween flags to be a little 'messy'.
Tip: Everybody makes mistakes; it's unavoidable. Instead of scrapping a whole project (I used to be so guilty of this), just work around what you've botched. I messed up one of the flags when I was measuring it, but the other 19 flags are perfectly fine. I can either adjust the length of my string, or I can easily make more!
Step 2: Drawing Your Patterns
Now on to the fun part! Drawing fun Halloween patterns :) If I need some help brainstorming what to draw, I make a list of every single thing I can possibly think of relating to a theme I'm working with. So for Halloween I wrote down black cat, pumpkin, skeleton, witch, etc. and from that list of words I pinpointed a few specific categories and sub-themes. For this bunting banner I chose some candy corn, bats, witch's hats, spiders & stripes. I kept the general theme black and white.
Keeping in mind the tip that everyone makes mistakes: don't worry about making mistakes! Don't be discouraged, and definitely don't let it halt your creativity. I messed up on another flag and instead of doing sets of 3, I improvised and chose to pair off the matching patterned flags instead. And you always have the option to make another sheet of flags!
I usually keep a sketchbook handy with pattern ideas that I've come up with so I can flip through for inspiration.
This is how I set up my pages, and I organize patterns by sticking to one theme per page. I pre-draw a bunch of empty black squares (they don't need to be perfect!) so when an idea strikes I can quickly translate it to paper. Specifically this set of ideas came from my brainstorming sessions about TBTM's old colour scheme :)
Step 3: Cut & Poke Holes
Now that we've finally completed our flags, it's time for our work to really come to fruition! Cutting out stuff is so exciting because it starts to look like a finished project. It's super easy to cut out the flags since they're relatively small and it's all straight lines involved. You could use an exacto knife if you wanted ultimate precision, but I found scissors served their purpose just fine.
I ended up using a knitting needle to poke the holes in my flags to string the twine through, since my hole punch turned out to be broken. You can even take a pencil and poke a hole, one in both top corners of your flag. Anything sharp and relatively thin will do. Another tip: make sure you leave enough room between the hole you poke and the sides and top of your flag so that you wont accidentally tear through the hole when you're threading or hanging your flags.
Once I had everything cut out I chose to lay out the flags how I wanted them to string onto my banner. I decided on a length I liked, I trimmed the twine accordingly and began to string the flags. I like the look of the string behind the flags, but you can choose either way. Looking back I realized I accidentally strung one flag differently... so I'll have to go back and fix that, lol!
Step 4: Hang it Up & Admire Your Work!
Voila!! You're done! Doesn't it feel good to have something to hang up that you made entirely from your own creativity? If you want the flags to be able to be re-positioned on your banner, don't tape or glue them down. I like them to lay flat so I put a glue dot on the back and stuck the twine to it. You can also use a small piece of washi tape to hold them down as well.
Optional: Washi Tape Flags
This is a neat little trick I picked up watching someone make washi tape flags for their planner. It's so ridiculously easy, I add little flags to everything now that I know how to do it. In theory you could even make an entire banner out of washi flags alone. Hmm, maybe that can be a DIY project for another blog post ;)
You just tear or cut a length of tape and cross a piece of twine over the centre of the sticky side. Next step is just folding the tape in half over top of itself, being careful to line it up evenly so no sticky residue is exposed. Finally, using your scissors, trim the flag to the length that you want it, and you can either leave it as is, or create a snake's tongue looking end by cutting a triangle that connects at an angle from either corner.
Experiment with different patterns and designs, and share your results with TBTM! I'd love to see what you come up with :)