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Do you save your old greetings cards? There are a few that I do save each year for sentimental reasons. I do also keep a lot aside as they can be so useful. But if they have glitter or plastic upon them, did you realise that they may not be recyclable? They will just go to landfill. So here is a great idea of how to use up some of these really useful items as decorations. Here is how to make DIY card bunting.
DIY Card Bunting From Upcycled Greetings Cards
This greeting cards bunting is a cheap and easy crafty way to make a huge amount of party bunting for mere pennies. Whether it be for a baby 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!
Furthermore, because you are going to be doing a fair amount of cutting, it is something that you may want to get the children involved in doing too! 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!
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
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 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, I 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.
You could also follow the method above to make paper bunting, but this tends to be a lot more fragile!
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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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