I had this bright idea one afternoon and, literally, five minutes later, we had bunting hanging from the tippity-top of our tree. It’s so easy! No sewing, gluing, measuring, or fuss of any sort. The Grinch would hate it!
Wanna know how to make some of your very own? Well, if you don’t, click out because if you know me, you know what’s next.
All you’ll need are a pair of scissors, some sort of string (I used twine I had laying around but fishing string or a strong thread would work too), and some wire edge ribbon. I grabbed this wire edge ribbon after Christmas last year on clearance at Michael’s but, even without the clearance price, it’s pretty cheap. If you’re only using it for this project, even the Dollar Store will satisfy the need.
First, cut several pieces of ribbon. The number you’ll cut depends on how many far apart you want each piece to sit once it’s on the string. For an eight foot long strand like mine, I cut 13 pieces, each about six inches long (I didn’t measure but just cut the first one and cut the others based on that one). I spaced them about six or so inches apart on my twine. You can space them closer or farther; have more or less. Imperfection is the name of the game and, in this case, anything will look cute!
Then, fold each piece in half.
Next, cut a shallow triangle out of the bottom of each folded piece of ribbon.
And last, slip each piece right over your hanging string. (It’s easier to add the ribbon after you figure out where you want the bunting hung). Giving the wire edges a little pinch along the top of the string will ensure they don’t slide around.
So easy, right?! Think of all the holidays and notholidays you can whip up a five-minute strand of bunting! Pastel ribbon for easter, pink and red for Valentine’s Day, patriotic colors for the Fourth, blue and green to match the theme of your kid’s birthday…the options are really endless.
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We moved some small pieces of furniture around this year so that we could put our tree in the back corner of our living room and we’re really loving the placement. It’s out of the way but it makes this corner really special (except for the red/cranberry club chairs…I can’t wait to get my hands on reupholstering or doing something with those). As far as decorating goes, we’re done. I didn’t add more lights to the tree or put on all the ornaments like I usually do because we’ll be traveling to see family for Christmas and so simple did the trick.
But, I did go a little crazy, adding a little bit of festive to our thrifted glass lamps:
One has been finicky about turning on recently so I had to take it apart anyway to see what the deal was so I thought, “why not paint them?” That’s a normal thought process, right? ;)
Of course, we also set the sensory mood by plugging in our Wallflower; laden with the scent of Fresh Balsam. I’ve had my wallflower forever but I bought this particular scent five Christmas’ ago and it’s still going strong. We don’t keep it plugged in all the time, maybe a few hours a day, so that helps slow the depletion.
The hutch is decked with a thrifted wreath that I got last year and we recently acquired the brass elephant atop it. You might remember the diy mercury glass vase that once was there…well, somebody (coughAnthonycough) caused it to come tumbling and crashing when he was sliding the hutch around one day so we could clean underneath. It’s really my fault for not having it as secure as I should’ve up there but thankfully, no one or nothing was hurt except the vase and my feelings.
Anyway, I’ll be back with the other side of the room before Christmas. Really it’s just the stockings and mantel over thataway but those are a whole tutorial post in themselves.
I guess you’ll just have to HO, HO, HO…ld on. ;)