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Celebratory bunting and a happy birthday.

Today is my friend, Leah’s, 30th birthday. And since I’m smack in the middle of my thirties – at least until I turn 36 next month – I am going on record as saying it is the best decade ever. So welcome to your thirties, Leah! May they be awesome and delightful and full of joy. It also gives me a really good excuse to share this super cute craft project I’ve been dying to post about for a celebratory bunting paper lantern.
While bunting has traditionally been more of a festive form of flags for those in European nations, I think bunting is way more fun than just slapping up flags on poles like we tend to do in America at festivals and parades. I’d never even heard of bunting until I became a regular shopper on etsy and it’s international community. They remind me of stringing rows of lights at Christmas.

Bunting, according to Wikipedia, originated at the “turn of the 17th century, and [was] used for making ribbons and flags, including signal flags for the Royal Navy… Today, “bunting” is a term for any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic, paper or even cardboard in imitation of fabric. Typical forms of bunting are strings of colorful triangular flags and lengths of fabric in the colors of national flags gathered and draped into swags or pleated into fan shapes.

Anyhow, you can check out this incredible diy tutorial for a festive bunting lantern at You had me at bonjour blog. Make it, love it, and perhaps you’ll be kind enough to let me know that I’m not the only American who was clueless for so many years about bunting.


  • Dana

    May 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve been recently making bunting fabric flags too! That lantern is ADORABLE!

  • Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine

    May 16, 2011 at 12:54 am

    wow, thanks for sharing…this is amazing…I am going to link this up on my blog….I have a section at the top of my blog(Just 4 You) that has tutorials for different creations(mainly paper crafting things)…hope your week is fabby!

    enjoy *~*

  • Kala

    May 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Love DIY projects, enjoying your blog:)

  • Leanne

    June 2, 2011 at 6:19 am

    This is so cute. What a fun idea! Thanks for linking to Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I’ll be featuring this on Saturday.

  • Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy

    June 3, 2011 at 5:36 am

    BEAUTIFUL! Love this look!! Hoping to try it for my baby girl’s room! Thanks so much for sharing!

    My link 🙂

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