i have a love for both washi tape and buntings. i never knew this until i got engaged. ok, i always have loved buntings, but the washi tape is a new thing. it's a pretty sad day when you excitedly order eight different rolls of washi tape and check the mail every day to see if they have arrived. or maybe it's not a sad day, you be the judge. either way, i had a ton of ideas of what i wanted to do with my new washi tape...but this was not one of them.
and then one day, when the tape arrived at my doorstep, i sat down and thought about what i could do with it. an idea hit me, and i went on a mad search for the twine that i knew i bought for the wedding at a garage sale last summer. you'd think this would be an easy task....but that is only because you don't know that i have about 15 boxes of wedding items stored in our basement. and by 15, i mean 20, and by boxes, i mean 50-gallon rubbermaid totes. so yeah, it took a while to find a tiny ball of twine. but if i'm nothing else, i am persistent, and i eventually found it.
then came the easy part...making the bunting. seriously, it could not have been easier. it was a bit time consuming, but the kids and chris sat with me and we chatted and made jokes, so the time went by fairly quickly.
here's all you need:
as many colors/patterns of washi tape as you want (i bought mine in bulk on ebay)
and that's it
all i did was cut similar sized pieces of washi tape and stuck them to a predetermined length of twine. i normally am not a person who prefers symmetry and order, but in this case, i kept the order of the patterns uniform. the pieces i cut were about two inches long, and i folded them in half, so each piece would stick to itself, over the piece of twine. i found it easier to lay the length of twine on a table and do many pieces of tape at once. i tried one at a time, but i was quickly bored, so assembly line it was. i'm the henry ford of washi tape buntings, if i do say so myself.
after you have as much as you'd like, just cut an inverted 'v' at the bottom of each piece. by doing this, you are not only making them look adorable, but you are also making sure that any pieces that weren't folded exactly in half are now even.
and that's it. i hung it in our room (using more washi tape instead of nails) (chris hates how many nails i have already put in our wall) (see the pic above for one that isn't filled in yet) (i have since moved the bunting to cover that hole instead of filling it in) next to the dream catcher that the kids and i made for chris (more on that in a future bird.i.y. post).
we plan on making these diys a regular post – some about food, some about crafts, others about who knows what. the thing about our blog...all of our diys will be doable because we don't claim to be martha stewart. plus, we're firm believers that something doesn't have to be difficult to be cute or delicious!!
what have you crafted lately?