Mini bunting birthday card | How About Orange

January 21, 2010

Mini bunting birthday card

My latest quickie DIY project: a birthday card with a tiny bunting of miniature flags. If you want to try one, here's how to make it.

Fold a sheet of cardstock into thirds, accordian style. If you want a printed message on your card, run it through your printer before folding.

Cut out strips of colored paper and fold them in half lengthwise. (My strips were about 1" wide.) Cut the folded strips into tiny triangles; they should look like little hinges. Make a few strings of bunting by folding triangles over a cord and gluing both halves together.

With an X-acto knife, cut tiny slits in the folded edge of the cover of your card. Thread one end of each bunting cord through a slit and secure the cord end behind the cover with a piece of tape. Wrap the opposite end of each cord around the cover of the card and secure it in the back with more tape. Then place double stick tape around the edges and center of the back side of the cover and stick the cover to the adjacent panel, hiding the taped ends of your bunting. Round the corners of your card if you like, and you're done.

107 comments:

Grandma G said...

Awwww... sweet! Are you giving that to ALEX today? :)

Jess said...

Yes. Shhhh. But I'm not too worried he'll see this. He only does his obligatory skimming of my blog once a week or so.

Gina said...

I love this card! I can't wait to find time and make it... p.s. I just tweeted about it :)

Caro-lines images said...

How much patience you have. I would be delightful if I recieved a card like that!

sternchen said...

this is a very cute idea! I love it!

Crissy said...

I love this! and I already have someone to make it for :)

Deb said...

Adorable! I am inspired... :o)

Andrea said...

Blessings,
andrea

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

ARGH! I love this so, so, SO much! What a delightful card. I can't wait for the next birthday. Thanks tons, I'll be linking.

Two Shades of Pink said...

I am absolutely in awe of this card! So simple and sweet!

Grandma G said...

I'll never tell!

So you 'make' him read your blog, huh? Poor ALEX.

jodi said...

fabulous!

mycraftyways said...

Such a fun and sweet idea !

Thanks for the inspiration ;)

Brigitte said...

So sweet it makes my teeth hurt. Love it!

Jessica said...

This is such a fantastic idea - thanks so much for sharing it!

LinnieBell said...

so sweet :)

Kristin said...

That is rockin' cool! I loved your bows too and made some the other day and linked to you... So inspiring, thanks for all you share!

Anna said...

you are brilliant! i love it!!

Jess said...

You're welcome, kids.

Mum, I'm not the one obligating Alex to read— I don't care if he ever looks over here. But his female coworkers sometimes want to talk to him about the latest post, and he feels terribly embarrassed if he doesn't know what they're referring to. He thinks a good husband would read his wife's blog, so he tries. He's so cute. I love him. Ladies, too bad for all of you because he's mine.

See, Sweetie? I'm talking about you, and you'll never read this. Good thing, or you'd be mortified. Heh heh. I know you never get as far as the comments.

Lindsey said...

So adorable! I want to try making a few of these soon. Thanks so much for sharing,

{ Lindsey }
greatfullday.blogspot.com

Tracy said...

adorable!

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I LOVE this idea. Very cute.

Amy said...

VERY cool. I love it.

Sommer said...

Ooo! What if you did something like this kind of garland (http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2010/01/easiest-heart-garland-evar.html) to make a Valentine's card!

Super cute!

papelhilo said...

very very cute ! thanks for sharing !

Care said...

Eeeeeek!!

Je said...

Love this! I'll have to make some as soon as I find some time!
Thanks for sharing :)

Marisa@make*happy said...

BAH! I totally made a card with a mini flag garland just like this in November. I thought I photo'd and blogged it, but I didn't. Now if I did that, it would look like I got the idea from you. I hate when that happens. :)

Amy said...

I am in love with this design! I am totally making some of these cards! LOVE IT!

Ann Martin said...

So darn cute! I just blogged it as a follow-up to a garland post I did yesterday. Thanks for the inspiring idea!

twirling betty said...

Love it. A girl after my own heart. I'm a little bit addicted to miniature bunting. In fact, I've been making and selling cards with mini fabric bunting online for a while now. I love making them so much that I think my friends and relatives might be getting a tiny bit sick of receiving them!

jess (fushmush) said...

very cute! I've bookmarked this for future inspiration.

celine said...

hi, i'm fairly new to your blog which I find sooo inspiring. Love the card

Jamie said...

I see little punch out hearts on a card like that in my near future! Thanks for the great idea.

Vintage Love and Photographs said...

That card is so cute.

bizmiss said...

oh man, that card is great! I've been really into creative birthday wrappings/cards lately and this really fits the bill. thank you!

elena said...

Beautiful!and Happy Birthday to your spiral-binding/spell-binding guy!

{brinnet} said...

That is stinkin' cute! Now who can I make it for?...

caligirl said...

I'll make one with tiny hearts instead for V-Day

It's just adorable!

Mary said...

This is too freaking cute. You are so creative.

Grandma G said...

What a great husband you have!! And you don't even get to celebrate his birthday till Sat. BUT, you get to do it ALL DAY then! Yay!

(A little birdie told me.)

Zill.y said...

very inspiring for the coming party invites!

thanks for sharing,
Zill.y

Cheryl Oz said...

The first thing that came out of my mouth as soon as I saw the photo was: Awwwww! I don't know what it is about the flags and the all of the banners these days, but I love them.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful!

Amy in Texas said...

To stinking cute!!

live a colorful life said...

What got me hooked on your blog, other than you incredibly inspirational projects and design expertise, of course, is your dialog with Grandma G (hi to you too, because I know you're reading this--and I have been bad about emailing). Priceless.

Christy said...

wow, it is so clever and cute! I love it!

Molly said...

Super sweet and cute!

This reminds me of Cathe Holden's pennant roller: http://justsomethingimade.blogspot.com/2009/08/pennant-rubber-stamp-roller.html

Love your ideas!

Molly

nikolina100 said...

adorable!!

K-Sue said...

I really like this - and what a great use for little scrap paper pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

am I the only one who wants to know what the inside of the cards says... I am loving this btw and plan to make many!

Anonymous said...

wow it's a simple colorful birthday card~! :)

Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said...

Darn cute! Love the string (hee hee).
I've got something similar planned for Valentine's Day.

Sophie said...

Lovely ideal for a lovely card.
Thanks for sharing. ^-^

Erin said...

oh my goodness, that is so completely awesome. And I love that you don't need a template to do it - just free cutting.

Sara said...

How festive!

Jaz said...

this card is ADORABLE! great idea. I'm really into bunting at the moment.

SIONA said...

¡que original! me encanta ....
un abrazo,
SIONA

Multiductus said...

Delicious :)

fabricatedends said...

what a great card. I love making my own cards, but often have trouble finding the time to do so. Last evening I was working on making envelopes from scarps of wallpaper.

Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing this ~ I'm going to give it a try! :)

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Bek said...

those are super adorable! I can see it adapting to so many occasions - Christmas lights for holiday cards, little rattles or something for a baby, flowers for weddings, hearts for Valentine's Day.

And my husband doesn't read my blog either. haha.

Brigitte said...

Jess - Popping by to read the comments, and I had to chuckle. I have the opposite issue. My husband reads my blog, but my mom NEVER does.

soveryvicki said...

LOVE this card! Just looking at it brings out all the happy.

Tricia said...

The side convo about your husband is cracking me up! The card is darling too, of course...

Nessimonster said...

This is absolutely ADORABLE!!! What a wonderful idea...and a perfect way to use scraps of string and paper. Thank you for sharing!

Celia said...

This is the cutest card ever!

flora said...

Gret idea! I tried it out as soon as I saw your post.
http://flowerpotdesgins.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/craft-birthday-banner-card/

Venus de Hilo said...

PERFECT! My husband's birthday is TODAY and I was so focused on dinner menu and making him the perfect chocolate cake (maybe: trying a new recipe) that I forgot to get a card. Thought, "that's okay, I can make him something unique," except I didn't have any great ideas for that. Until now. Thank you!!

Julie said...

You are so full of creativity... I can barely stand it! I might do a variation for my daughter's birthday party invites. Thank you, always, for sharing.

Larissa said...

Alex is so lucky! this idea is a keeper.

Ch4ttyC4thy said...

LOVE this! Thanks!

Kosmika said...

I like it so much!!! i must find a friend's birthday as soon as possible, because i can't wait to make this card, it's pure genius! ;)

Megan Woodard Johnson said...

this is incredibly cute...i made a similar card by sewing the bunting onto the card w/ my sewing machine, but love the trick of folding in thirds to hide the ends of the strings.

nicole said...

awesome!

Kate said...

What a great idea! I'm definitely going to try this one out! :)

Crystal Ross said...

this is really cute. SO VERY CUTE actually. You inspired me to make some mini flag garland for a bottle vase at my wedding.
http://crystalitarossalita.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

I just LOVE this. so simple and beautiful. can't wait to make one!

squareby said...

Wow! I love handmade cards, and that is so darn cute! Your creativity continues to astound me.

Melissa said...

Aw, I just love tiny things, and I love bunting! This is pretty much perfect!

the daily smudge said...

this is gorgeous! such a great idea... going on a boating party soon so will be making one of these lovelies! thankyou
p.s. just stumbled on your blog and have found so many treats... thankyou!

jess gonacha swift said...

oh my goodness, this is just too adorable! i'm completely in love with this card-- how creative and sweet!

angela said...

I LOVE this. I recently started a blog devoted to buntings and featured it today http://garlandspennantsandbuntingsohmy.blogspot.com/2010/01/makit-monday-bunting-card.html Thanks again for this terrific idea.

the rikrak studio said...

wonderful!
i've included a link to your fabulous tutorial here:

in a * pep rally * blog post!
http://rikrakstudio.blogspot.com/2010/01/pep-rally.html

thanks for making wonderful things!
be well
k. @ rikrak

Tori {Thoughtfully Simple} said...

Love this idea. I have been using paper pennant flags for many of my parties lately. This would be a great tie-in! Thanks for sharing the how-tos!

las sandalias de ana said...

ohhh, lovely!!! ;)

wrapping supplies said...

That card is looking amazing! I've been really into inspired birthday wrappings/cards recently and this really fits the bill. Thanks a lot.

wyowoman said...

oooh I love this, thanks!

Melissa Y. Allam said...

These are the cutest.

Kustom Kreations by Elisha Akram said...

What a very cute project.... love it!

three critters said...

this is amazing! I can not wait to try it out (even if the closest birthday is mine), perhaps unbirthday cards for everyone!

Eveline said...

This looks so perfect!
Eveline,.

Valarie (vampme3) said...

What a clever idea!!!! And great bd card for anyone! Could even personalize it with the person's name spelled out on some of the little flags! Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs

Atticelf said...

Such a great card!! It makes me happy looking at it and it's not even my birthday. :)

Laura.K said...

Lovely card. I must try one. It#s so happy.

Janneke said...

This idea is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!!
Janneke

Nelsson said...

Thank you for the idea!! Here's what I made: http://eioopakkojoseitaho.blogspot.com/2010/02/syntymapaivakutsut.html

juliecache said...

clicked the link at mmmcrafts -- I MUST TRY THIS IDEA. I LOVE IT. thanks for sharing.

Courtney at Pizzazzerie said...

Adore this! Can't wait to share with our facebook fan page - will send them back here :)

anne said...

Very nice and sweet! If I someones gives it to me, I would be very happy. I love your card!

Elise said...

Just made this for my friend's birthday! Thanks for the great idea!!

Amber *SaltTree* said...

this is so sweet! i can't believe i didn't see it here before! shared on my own blog...

http://salttree.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-heart-bunting-banners.html

cheers

Jessica Jones said...

Thanks, Amber!

a-parody said...

so cute! i want to make it for my friend but can't see what it says inside. can someone tell me please?

Jessica Jones said...

I'm sorry to say I can't remember what I typed there, and I don't know where the card is now. It was probably something mooshy and embarrassing anyhow. You'll just have to make something up!

Chloe Smith said...

I made a version of this card, and wrote about it in my new blog! Check it out http://2dote.blogspot.ca/

Samuel said...

Took quite a bit of time, but it turned out really nice! Pretty easy too! Thanks!!

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