This cute DIY Stars and Stripes Bunting is a great way to add a dash of red, white, and blue to your home ... perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, and more!
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I love decorating my home for holidays throughout the year. Nothing too crazy, but just enough to add a festive touch.
Unless I'm having a party though, the 4th of July is one of those occasions where I usually don't do too much. This year, I decided to change that!
I loved the Conversation Heart Banner that I created for Valentine's Day, and I wanted to make a similar garland for the 4th of July.
So I decided to make a DIY Stars and Stripes Bunting, and I created a free printable so you can use, it too!
This Stars and Stripes Bunting is really simple to put together.
All you need to do is print the free printable, cut it out, and string it together. Put this DIY patriotic banner together in minutes!
It doesn't get much easier than that, and you can use it for any patriotic holiday, from Memorial Day to the 4th of July and more.
How to Assemble the Stars and Stripes Bunting
Here's what you'll need to make your own DIY patriotic banner:
- printable bunting template (scroll to end of post for file)
- card stock
- hole punch
- baker's twine or other string
Start by printing out the bunting template, which you can find at the end of this post, on the card stock.
I printed three copies of the template for my bunting. The amount of copies you will need will depend on the size of your banner.
Next, cut out all of the pieces and lay them out to decide on a pattern. I created three rows: one with 5 flags, one with 7 flags, and one with 9 flags, alternating stars and stripes in each row.
After you've laid out your pattern, punch a hole in the top two corners of the flags, as shown below.
Cut a long piece of baker's twine for each row. Thread the twine through the first hole, behind the flag, and up through the second hole (see below).
Repeat with the remaining flags until your bunting is completely strung together.
To hang the bunting, either knot it to a nail, like I did, or tape it to the wall. (Command hooks are great if you don't want to damage your wall.) Repeat with remaining rows.
I decided to hang the small stars from the ends of my Stars and Stripes Bunting. They're attached to the baker's twine with a little tape on their backside.
That's it. Your bunting is ready to be admired!
Tips and ideas for using this Patriotic Banner:
- I left a white border when cutting out the flags, but that's not necessary.
- Experiment with the layout. Hang one long row or string up more than three rows.
- Instead of alternating stars and stripes, hang rows with all stripes or all stars.
- Hang the little stars in between the flags.
- Cut more baker's twine than you think you'll need, that way you won't run out.
- Use the little stars to create a mini bunting for a cake topper, or use them individually to decorate paper straws or cupcakes.
Download the Printable Banner
Click on the image below to download the free Stars and Stripes Bunting printable:
More Patriotic Decorating Ideas
You can find 30 Patriotic Recipes, Crafts, and Decor Ideas here, and for 20 more Red, White, and Blue Projects (crafts, recipes, etc.).
I've also got you covered with food. Check out 30 of the BEST Red, White, and Blue Desserts here!