Bunting flags have been all the rage in the blog world the last few months. Stringing up pennants is a great way to decorate birthday parties, wedding and baby showers and picnics… and, of course, tailgating parties. We have an easy way for you to make your own flag bunting. This is an easy afternoon DIY project that costs under $20!
Just follow these step-by-step instructions to create your own string of bunting flags.
To make this pennant banner, you’ll need the following supplies:
- A 6 x 9 canvas drop cloth
- Wood clothespins
- 1 package of Rit Dye (we used Scarlet)
- Jute twine
- Pinking shears
- Tape measure
- Carpenter’s square
Begin by measuring out the bunting flags from the drop cloth. Our triangular bunting pennants measured 9 inches wide and 10 inches long. First make a large pencil mark every 9 inches along the edge of the drop cloth to indicate the width of each flag. You’ll also want to place a small mark halfway (4 ½ inches) between each of the long marks. These small marks will indicate the mid-line of each pennant.
In the photo above, you can see that at the 4 ½-inch marks I used a carpenter’s square to help me draw a straight 90-degree lines from the edge of the drop cloth. Then I used the straight edge of the carpenter’s square to connect my marks, outlining each of the bunting flags.
Cut along the zig-zag line with pinking shears to create ten flags. Then use a straight edge to draw a guide line, and cut out ten more flags from the zig-zag edge of the canvas.
For our string of pennants, we wanted the color of the flags to alternate between red and the natural color of the canvas, so we only dyed 10 of them.
Dye the flags according to the instructions on the dye package. (We used a 5-gallon Homer Bucket to soak the flags, of course.)
Following the dye instructions, we let the flags air dry on a drying rack.
Just to be sure our banner was fresh and crisp, we gave each flag a quick ironing to get out the wrinkles.
You can do the final assembly at your tailgating or party location. Simply clip the triangles to the jute twine using the wood clothespins. Secure the ends of the twine to your tailgate canopy table.
If you’re displaying your bunting flags at an indoor party, you can string them across a door frame, or from the ceiling. One good thing about this bunting banner is that the length can be customized for each occasion and space. Just keep your extra pennants on hand.
ESPN’s College GameDay was built by The Home Depot, and now The Home Depot’s Facebook page has a College GameDay app. The app features tailgating DIY projects, including how-tos for a tailgate table and ladder golf. It also helps fans find great tailgating products at great prices.
For even more tailgating ideas and inspiration, follow the Apron blog’s Tailgating series. We’ll gear you up for game day with tips, like the ten things to pick up on your way to the tailgating party, and more awesome DIYs, like a homemade A-frame chalkboard sign.