My holiday photos are taking rather longer than I expected to sort through, edit and assemble, so in the meantime here's a super quick and easy DIY I made last week, for a friend's birthday. It doesn't have to be a birthday card though - you can use it for any happy occasion and customise it using different washi tapes in whatever colours/patterns you like.
Let's grab some supplies! You will need...
- A card blank and envelope
- String/twine in your chosen colour
- A variety of washi/craft tapes
- A pencil
- A cuddly toy! (Not really)
First up, lay the string across the card and cut to the desired length. It needs to be long enough to span the card and a little extra (about an inch or so) either side for securing.
Next, cut a strip of washi tape and fold it over the string, sticking it down on itself to create the bunting flag. I find it easiest to lay the string in the centre of the tape strip, then fold the tape downwards. This way it's easier to get all your flags the same size and evenly spaced.
Repeat with alternating colour/patterned tapes until you have the desired number of flags on your bunting. If you want more than one string of bunting, repeat the process again. Trim any excess off the bottom of your flags if they are uneven.
Lay the bunting across the card and lightly mark a pencil dot where you want to secure it, near the edges of the card. Using the scissors (or craft knife), carefully score a tiny X over the dot and push through with the pencil, to create a hole big enough to pass the string through.
Push the ends of the string through the holes, checking that the bunting remains hanging in the right place, then fold the ends over and secure with small pieces of washi tape (you can make yours neater than mine!).
I pulled my ends a little too tight and didn't allow my bunting to 'hang' enough - learn from my mistake!
That's pretty much it! You can keep it simple like this, or if you want to jazz it up more, you could use coloured card or draw/paint a little scene on it before attaching the bunting - the possibilities are endless!
I love miniature anything and cards that have 'things' on them, so this is a really simple way to create a card that's a little different and has a tactile dynamic.
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