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This easy no sew bunting banner DIY is a wonderful way to use your old cards as a brilliant and practically free decoration idea. Here is how to make DIY card bunting.
Do you save your old greetings cards? There are a few that I do save each year for sentimental reasons. But I do also keep a lot aside as they can be so useful.
You may think that you can just place your old cards in the recycling bin. But did you know that if your greeting cards have glitter or plastic upon them that they may not be recyclable?
This will mean that they can only go to landfill. So here is a great idea of how to use up some of these cards to make DIY card bunting without sewing.
DIY Card Bunting From Upcycled Greetings Cards
This greeting cards bunting is a cheap and easy crafty way to make a huge amount of DIY party bunting for mere pennies.
Whether it be for a baby shower, bridal shower, Christmas, wedding decor, photo prop, birthday party or other occasion, party supplies and decor can be expensive. But this card bunting banner takes no time at all, is great for last minute decor, and is practically free to make!
Before you know it, you can create new bunting banner for every theme. I have even used old wedding cards to make a cards banner for wedding bunting using this method. And it looks lovely in a nursery, at a far lower price than you would find in any Etsy shop!
Because you are going to be doing a fair amount of cutting on each banner card, it is something that you may want to get the children involved in doing. I love community projects where everybody joins in to make the finished product, so if you have a village fete, street party or church community event, this is a brilliant way of making the party decoration for it!
So how do you make this DIY card bunting garland? Read on to find out!
Card Bunting Banner DIY – You Will Need
- Some old greetings cards – enough for your project
- Ribbon, string, bias tape or twill tape – a length long enough to span the area you need.
- A kraft knife or hole punch
- My Bunting Triangle Template – this comes in 2 sizes – or make your own triangular shape as a card bunting banner template
How To Make Easy DIY Card Bunting
Cut your ribbon, bias or twill tape to the length you need to span with your party banner.
Take your old greeting card or birthday card and use the bunting flag template to mark a triangle onto the back. I like to make sure that the prettiest part of the card is centred in the triangle. Cut as many bunting flags as you need.
Next take a sharp craft knife or hole punch and make a slit or hole large enough to thread your ribbon/tape through at the top left and top right.
Thread the tape from front to back through the left hand side hole/slit, and bring the tape back out through the right hand slit.
I prefer my bunting card triangles to be kept close together with hardly any gap between them, but you may prefer more of a gap, the decision is up to you. Fill your twine or tape with all the flags you need and your bunting is finished!
What If I Have Cards That Are Unsuitable For Using As Triangles?
Sometimes cards just do not lend themselves to being cut into triangles, but you still might want to incorporate them into your banner. I had some gorgeous old birthday cards that I wanted to make part of some happy birthday bunting for my little girl.
Instead of cutting them into triangles using a card bunting template, I simply cut the main card design out around the edges. Then make cuts and thread them just as you would with the triangle bunting flags.
The result is a really pretty birthday banner that can be reused again and again.
Alternative Ideas Using This Technique
You could also follow the method above but with other materials. Vintage postcards would look wonderful.
Maybe use Kraft card or paper to make DIY paper bunting banner, but bear in mind this tends to be a lot more fragile!
Have you lost a few cards from a set? Why not make a playing card bunting banner?
This technique can so easily be made your own. What would you use?
Other Posts Of Mine You Might Like
Have you enjoyed this post on how to make upcycled card bunting? If you love all things zero waste crafts and sewing then you may also like these posts. I also have plenty of handmade gift ideas projects on my site, so go take a look.
- Other Ways To Use Up Your Old Greetings Cards
- Fabric Scraps – How To Use Every Last Piece.
- Zero Waste Projects For Your Home
- How to Have A Zero Waste Christmas
I think that upcycling Holiday greetings cards will make a wonderful Christmas bunting too! Do you think you will be making this DIY bunting? I love to see all your projects. Do comment below, or tag me in your makes on social media. Find me at
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