How to Make Homemade Wedding Bunting

September 15, 2013

in Colours, Decorations, Design, DIY Ideas, Trends

bunting decor

I believe that the bridal obsession with wedding bunting for wedding decor is here to stay for a little while longer.

Hanging pretty fabric bunting between trees or strung across marquees adds a touch of personalisation and style to a wedding celebration, and it is a very easy way to incorporate your favourite colours and some texture to wedding decor.

Bunting is very versatile and adaptable to a wedding style or colour palette. The pennants can be traditional triangles, or other fun shapes such as hearts, stars, or flowers. Why stop at an internal room or outdoor garden decor? Bunting is fabulous for other wedding elements too, from a wedding seating plan to a wedding guest book.

Wedding bunting can be  made from paper or fabric. I have made lots of different styles for my brides. I find paper bunting is far easier to make than fabric bunting, and lends itself to lots more different wedding decor ideas, especially as you can write on the pennants, for example, a bunting seating plan, bunting guest book, bunting invitations or as photo-booth props.

Making bunting is simple and once made it is always there to be used again for other occasions like wedding anniversaries, christenings or parties.

Lace bunting

diy paper bunting

Paper Bunting

To make paper bunting you will need:

  • A selection of decorative paper in your wedding colours or style. You can buy decorative paper, or use magazines, old books, doilies, sheet music or whatever suits your wedding style.
  • Paper and glue, or paper and a hole punch.
  • Ribbon or twine in the length required, or short lengths can be tied together.
  • Sharp scissors, a pencil and ruler.

paper bunting


  • Make a template first for the pennants in the appropriate size. Use this template to cut out all the pennants so that they are all identical.
  • First arrange your pennants in the required order, spaced evenly apart, fold the top over the twine or ribbon and glue in place.

If you are using a hole punch, punch two holes along the top of each triangle and thread the twine or ribbon through and you have some gorgeous paper bunting ready for your wedding celebration.

Bunting fabric

Fabric Bunting

Fabric bunting is a great way to use up old fabric, and you can use old clean clothes if you find the pattern and colour is in keeping with your wedding style and colour palette.

To make fabric bunting you will need:

  • Patterned or coloured fabric on both sides.
  • Pinking shears.
  • 2cm wide bias binding, length to suit.
  • A Pair of sharp scissors.
  • Plenty of sewing cotton and a sewing machine.


  • You will need a pennant template cut from card to ensure your  pennants are all identical.
  • I iron the material before I start cutting out the shapes.
  • Cut the number of fabric pennants you require using the template.
  • Decide on the order you are going to sew them in.
  • Fold bias binding tape in half, 1cm each side,and iron to keep it in place.
  • Sew the pennants between the bias binding, making sure they are evenly spread.
  • You can make several lengths and tie them together and hang.
  • Store bunting with the pennants flat to ensure it will hang perfectly.

wedding bunting

Ideas for using your bunting

Your bunting will look fabulous strung around your reception room or marquee, but think about other places you can use it. Here are some ideas:

Cake Decor

wedding cake bunting

Minuture wedding  bunting looks great for decorating your wedding cake, used as a simple cake topper or lace bunting around the edge.

Seating plan

Bunting seating plan

Use the pennants for a table seating plan and hang them on a picture frame, a vintage mirror, an opened old suitcase or even on a set of vintage step ladders.

Wedding Guest Book

Guest book bunting

Use lighted shades of paper bunting pennants attached together by ribbon or string and leave them on a table near the door with an assortment of pens and a little note to encourage guest to write a little note.  You can hang them around the reception as the day progresses. Remember to taken the little messages home to remind you of your fabulous wedding day.

Other bunting decor ideas

love Bunting

Mr and Mrs bunting

just married bunting

Sew or write letters on the pennants to spell words which can be used as wedding props for photo booths or chair decor etc; Such as paper bunting spelling the words, ‘BRIDE  & GROOM’ or ‘LOVE’,  which the bride and groom can hold for a photograph. Hang ‘JUST MARRIED’ bunting or ‘MR & MRS’ on the top table or on the back of the wedding car.

Here are some alternative wedding bunting ideas which I’ve found on Not On The High Street:

Vintage ivory Mr & Mrs wedding cake Bunting By Ginger Ray

Mint green paper bunting  by Funky Frills UK

Wedding wildflower paper heart bunting by Green Gables

Love Hessian Bunting by Bluebells & Bunting

Mr & Mrs Bunting handmade by LucyLo

Just Married Bunting By Ginger Ray

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Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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