How to make a half-circle paper bunting

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How to make a half-circle paper bunting
Scrapbook or coloured paper can be transformed into a festive bunting. (Getty Creative)

Paper bunting is a fun homemade decoration that adds a touch of whimsy to a child's birthday party or other special occasion. There are countless varieties of coloured and patterned scrapbook paper available in most craft stores. You can create a custom half-circle paper bunting to match the other party decorations or a specific theme. With minimal crafting knowledge, you can make a paper bunting that looks like it was purchased in a store.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Circular object for tracing, such as a large glass
  • Pencil
  • Double-sided adhesive tape

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  1. 1

    Decide where you will hang the paper bunting, once it is complete.

  2. 2

    Measure the distance and add an additional 25 cm (10 inches), so that there is 12.5 cm (5 inches) of excess on either side, to the measurement for adjustments and hanging purposes. Cut the yarn according to the measurements.

  3. 3

    Measure the opening of the circular object in inches. For example, a large glass may have an opening that is 7.5 cm (3 inches) in length.

  4. 4

    Determine how many scrapbook paper circles you will need by dividing the length of the yarn by the length of the glass opening.

  5. 5

    Trace the shape of the circular glass opening onto the backs of various scrapbook papers.

  6. 6

    Cut out the circles and fold each of them in half.

  7. 7

    Measure one end of the yarn 12.5 cm (5 inches) in and place the first half circle. The inner fold should rest on the yarn with the colourful pattern facing out.

  8. 8

    Place a 2.5-cm (1-inch) piece of double-sided adhesive tape between the inner fold and the yarn. Press firmly to adhere. Repeat until the bunting is full, down to the remaining 12.5 cm (5 inches) on the opposite side.

Tips and warnings

  • You can glue the folded circles side to side. Alternatively, you can space them out by 2.5 cm (1 inch) or more. However, by spacing them out, you will require fewer paper circle cutouts.

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