Outdoor Bunting Tutorial

I love buntings.  They add a bit of joy to any room, don’t you agree?  The kids each have one in their rooms, so I thought, why not make one for the front porch?  We had some oilcloth that I have had around the house for about 8 years (literally).  It was first used as a splat mat under Abby’s high chair, then as a floor covering for art projects.  Lately it has been folded up in Abby’s closet, collecting dust.  It may have some dried up paint (and babyfood? Nawww) on it, but who cares… it’s going outside, right?  That’s how lazy I am.  Let the rain wash it off.

The oilcloth is perfect for the outdoors and it couldn’t be easier to transform into a fun welcoming decoration.  Here’s how I made it:

1. Cut the shape of a flag out of a piece of paper or cardstock.
2. Place the widest end of the flag (the top) on the fold of the oilcoth.
3. Trace and cut with pinking shears.  When you open it up you have a tall diamond.

(No photos needed for the first three steps, I presume.  To be honest, I forgot to take them. Heh, heh.)

4. Fold the diamond back in half and sew about 3/4 of an inch down, across the width of the flag.  Repeat with remaining flags.

5. Thread a length of twine through the flags and hang.

Simple and easy, no?  If you don’t have a store in your area that sells oilcloth, here are a few online sources:

What else have you used oilcloth for?

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  1. What a fun idea! This is a great way to decorate for the summer.

  2. Awesome! What a fab idea for outdoor bunting!!!

  3. Leslie says:

    I LOVE!!!!

  4. Love it! Oilcloth just shouts summer!

  5. Well, it is best to make entrance door beautiful and attractive. Your shared online sites link is good, which selling oilcloths, It is very needed for me.

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