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:

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

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  2. 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.

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

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

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  5. this is a very cute idea! I love it!

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

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  7. 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.

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

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  9. I'll never tell!

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

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  10. Such a fun and sweet idea !

    Thanks for the inspiration ;)

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  11. So sweet it makes my teeth hurt. Love it!

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

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  13. 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!

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  14. you are brilliant! i love it!!

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  15. 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.

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

    { Lindsey }
    greatfullday.blogspot.com

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  17. 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!

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  18. very very cute ! thanks for sharing !

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

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  20. 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. :)

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

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

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  23. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    It's just adorable!

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  31. This is too freaking cute. You are so creative.

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  32. 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.)

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  33. very inspiring for the coming party invites!

    thanks for sharing,
    Zill.y

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  34. 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.

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  35. To stinking cute!!

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  36. 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.

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

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  38. 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

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

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  40. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  47. 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.

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

    Please come and have a look at my blog ~ I'm running a Help Haiti Appeal and every person can help a little:)

    http://frdknitwear.blogspot.com/

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  49. 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.

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  50. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  55. 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!!

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  56. 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.

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  57. Alex is so lucky! this idea is a keeper.

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  58. 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! ;)

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  59. 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.

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

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  61. 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

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

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

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

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  65. 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!

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

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  67. 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.

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  68. 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

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  69. 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!

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

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

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  72. This looks so perfect!
    Eveline,.

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  73. 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

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

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

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  76. This idea is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!!
    Janneke

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

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

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

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

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

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  82. 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

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

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  84. 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!

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

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

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