One of these days, I’ll have my friend Terrie share the details of her crazy cool love story with you, but in a nutshell, she met Nigel when he was “on holiday” from England over 15 years ago. They were inseparable for the month he was in the States, but without cell phones, email or Facebook, they eventually lost touch. Fast forward 15 years … Nigel found Terrie on Facebook, sent her a message, hopped a plane and they lived happily ever after. So cool, huh?!
This year, they converted their garage into a room for their pool table, a love seat, creative wall art, music … basically one of the coolest places you would ever want to hang out. So for Christmas, I knew I wanted to make them something really unique for their room and I wanted to incorporate the Union Jack as a nod to Nigel’s heritage. I hunted on Pinterest and browsed Google images before I finally settled on a modern triangle twist on the classic Union Jack with amped up turquoise blue. Say Cheerio! to my wooden Union Jack inspired bunting!
This bunting started with 6′ wooden triangles – I picked them up from Pick Your Plum but I’m sure you can find them at craft/hobby stores or even make your own! I painted them with bright blue acrylic turquoise paint and then distressed the tops and edges with sandpaper once the paint dried.
Then, I ripped thin strips of plain muslin, cut thin red strips of felt with pinking shears and cut lengths of red/white bakers twine. I used craft glue in thin coats to layer and adhere the strips of fabric and twine on the wooden triangles. I trimmed away the excess fabric/felt/twine that hung over the edge of the wooden triangles. I used my Crop-O-Dile to re-punch holes where the fabric covered the pre-drilled holes, but you could also use a sharp pair of scissors.
Finally, I tied the triangles together with bakers twine and used jute to create a loop at either end of the bunting for hanging. I love the punch of color, the unfinished lengths of muslin, the cheerful edge of the bright red felt and the peppermint striped twine … this bunting makes me super happy! Even better, it found the perfect home in Terrie and Nigel’s ultra cool pool room … that also makes me happy!
Here are a few more projects that incorporate wooden goodness:
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