Today, I'm going to show you how to make some lovely (and very cheap) 3D flower bunting! It's just a little tutorial that I completely invented today myself, so, without further or do, you will need...
Uno glue gun! This one I picked up for a tenner a while ago at hobbycraft, they come in useful for so many things!
You'll also need card bunting and string. Now, I am kind of cheating here, because I picked up this 25 pack with 5m of string pre-made for £2 in hobbycraft, but, if you don't want to buy a pre-made kit, you could quite simply download a template for scallop edged bunting online, draw round it, cut and hole punch the corners.
Finally, you're going to need some artificial flowers. These ones cost be £1.79 for a bunch of 6, and I picked up 6 bunches, 2 dark pink, 2 blue and 2 light pink, so overall I had 36 flowers to play with. As well as this you're going to need some petals, these were £2.99 for 200, and are usually used as a wedding table decoration. The flowers and petals are both made of paper, not cloth, but this tutorial would work just as well with a flower made of a cloth/plastic/synthetic material.
And now, onwards with the making!
First, if you're flowers have 'stems', snip them off, right to the very edge.
Next, glue gun a small lentil sized drop onto the 'tip' of your petal, don't put it near the 'top' or the middle, because the bunting won't have the desired 3D effect!
Position 6 of these petals into a flower shape in the centre of your bunting, it doesn't matter which way the petals sit on each other, in fact, the more random the layering arrangement, the better!
Apply glue to the back of your flower, and simply stick in the middle of the petals and push down gently. Don't worry about holding it down, the glue doesn't take very long at all to set!
You should end up with lots of triangles like these!
And now, for threading... this bit is pretty self explanatory so I'll let you get on with that... Although I will say that if you tie one end of the string to something and thread them on, it is far far easier! (I tied mine to my wardrobe door)
And there you have it! Hang your bunting wherever you wish and celebrate your marvellous achievement!
Do let me know if any of you are thinking of making this, it's so cheap and I'm actually quite proud that I managed to invent it for such little money! If you do make it, tweet me a pic, I'd be thrilled! (@emily_cuthbert)
song of the post, Darcy's Letter from the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack (this is perfect and I have no regrets)