DIY Easy Burlap Bunting

One of the simplest and most versatile projects I’ve done so far is my burlap bunting.  I originally made this for Lincoln’s Nursery, but then ended up using it mostly for my craft show booth.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

It was super easy to make….took me about 10 minutes total!  So now that I’ve been planning Lincoln’s Wild West Cowboy Birthday Party, I decided I could use a little more.  So Millie and I made a little more this week.  It was the perfect project for her to help with because it is very hard to mess it up!

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

You’ll need a strip of burlap, the width depending on how long you want your flags to be.  Use a ruler to draw triangles across the burlap.  Where applicable, I pulled some of the burlap strands out after cutting, to reduce fraying.  You’ll also need some painter’s tape, white paint, a paintbrush, a glue stick, a length of twine {long enough for your completed bunting}, some newspaper for underneath your burlap, and a hot glue gun.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

 Divide your cut triangles into two equal stacks….one will be striped, one will be polka-dotted.  To make the polka dots, simply dip the end of your glue stick in paint and transfer to your triangles, evenly spacing out the dots.  Let dry completely.

For your striped triangles, use your painter’s tape, starting at the top, to make evenly spaced stripes down the triangle.  Paint the spaces in-between the tape, making sure you have even coverage and you paint over the edges of the tape {to create crisp lines}.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

When still wet, peel off your painter’s tape and let dry completely.  Using the hot glue gun, draw a line of glue along the top edge of the back side of your triangles {alternating striped and polka dotted}, and glue down the twine.  I left about an inch in between each triangle so they would have plenty of room to fold on top of each other for storage.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

And tada!  After this quick and simple burlap bunting project you have a beautiful piece of decor just waiting for a place on your mantle, door, wall, etc.

DIY Burlap Bunting Tutorial-quick and easy, made in 10 minutes!

Stay tuned next week to see how I used the bunting at Lincoln’s Cowboy party!

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Do’s and Don’ts of Planning a First Birthday Party

We go all out for a first birthday party around here.  Jayna had a colorful Crayola Crayon bash and Millie had a super fun Very Hungry Caterpillar party.  Now, it’s Lincoln’s turn and I’m having a blast planning a little boy’s first birthday party.  Since I’m on my third round of these parties, I’ve figured out a few Do’s and Don’ts of planning a first birthday party, and I thought I’d share them with you.
The Do's and Don'ts of Planning a First Birthday Party


Invite your adult friends – let’s face it, your toddler doesn’t have friends….invite the people you enjoy!

Go simple – the baby’s not going to remember it anyway OR

Go big – this might be your only chance to choose the theme before Frozen and Ninja Turtle themed parties take over

Feed your pint sized guests – include appropriate food for any little ones attending….cheese cubes, quartered grapes, mini club crackers, fishies and great to have out and already cut and prepped to save your guests the hassle.

Try to provide a quiet space for your youngest guests to hang, or even older toddlers who need a break from the stimulation….even a quiet corner with some toddler toys is fine.

Keep it short!  Your birthday baby is going to crash quickly from the stimulation and the cake, so keep it well under 2 hours

Consider asking your guests to bring a book for your little’s library, bring a new pair of pajamas to donate to needy kids, or just write a small note at the bottom of your invitation about refraining from gifts.  Your child probably doesn’t need 15 new “plastic things” that you probably don’t really want in the first place and they will never miss! “Your presence is your present to Baby!” Even if you include something like this on your invitation, expect a few traditionalists to still bring Baby a little something.  If a few do this, find a place a little out of the way to open the gift in front of just that guest, or put aside to open later…and don’t forget a thank you note!


Stress over the little stuff…especially if there are a bunch of other toddlers attending.  Crumbs will be dropped, juice will spill.

Forget to write thank you notes on behalf of your child.  Even a simple “Thank you for coming!” type note will let your guests know how much their presence meant to you.

Stick to your guest count.  There will always be guests who aren’t able to come at the last minute {sick kids!}, or who forget to RSVP and show up anyway.  Plan for a few extra guests when it comes to seating, food and favors.

Plan your party at peak hours…aka “Naptime”.  Most toddlers have a morning nap {around 10ish} and an afternoon nap {around 1 or so}.  Definitely plan around your child’s nap times, so the birthday baby will be in good spirits for the entire party!

 –Forget to take some pictures!  Enjoy the party, but do snap a few shots of the cake smashing and other festivities.
Enjoy your little one’s first birthday!
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