Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. On Friday I volunteered at the Shaker craft fair, helping to check people out and reorganize the booths. The fair lasts for six weeks and none of the vendors have to be present; the gift shop handles all of the sales, much like in an antique shop made up of numerous dealers. Given that the gift shop is run by volunteers, they sometimes have need of additional support, so I filled in for the afternoon. Saturday, however my sweet husband and I headed out to four nearby estate sales. I will show you most of that loot next week because I have lots going on in my neck of the woods right now. But I do have a fun Christmas bunting to share today, one that I crafted and sold last year, but never posted about. I made two more this year and have already sold one via Instagram; the other is for sale at my Shaker craft fair booth. Want to learn how to make one?
You may recognize several of this past year’s projects for sale in my [small, 6′ x 2′] booth. The light blue pedestal frame sold for $25.00, as did the gather platter for $18.00. Remember the magazine rack, chalkboard, and band box posts?
Basically, you’re going to cut out six triangle or pennant-shapes from burlap and seven of the decorative jute inserts.
I happened to have some laminated burlap place mats I picked up at Goodwill for 99¢ each. I love working with them because they don’t unravel, but I’ve also made several buntings out of regular burlap. To prevent fraying, I apply a bit of Modge Podge to the edges with a paint brush. You can use my measurements to make a paper template or you can make one in the size of your choosing.
I still have plenty of jute webbing left, even after making several farmhouse ornaments last week.
You can use my measurements, if you wish, or make yours larger or smaller.
I attach jute to the back of my bunting pieces to allow for hanging. I turn all my pieces over so the back is facing up (make sure to spell your word backwards, so it reads properly when you turn it over(!). [LOL, twice now I’ve forgotten to lay it out backwards and got halfway into spelling “SREEHC.” Thankfully, hot glue is pretty forgiving.] To attach the pieces to the jute, lay down a thin bead of hot glue on one piece at a time, lay the jute over top, and then press down lightly to ensure good adherence.
For the final step, sew or wire little jingle bells to the bottom of each letter pennant. It makes a lovely jingle and is a nice “extra.” As I mentioned, the bunting is for sale in my Shaker craft fair booth ($18.00), and I’ll be sure to let you know if it sells(!).
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