Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DIY Triangle Bunting from 12x12 Scrapbook Paper

My baby is 11 months which means his first birthday is right around the corner! Where did the time go? 

I'm getting ready for his first birthday cake smash photo shoot, and I want it simple. I love what the triangle bunting adds as a backdrop.... plus it's soooo easy to make. 
I was so excited to find this tutorial on Pinterest awhile ago and have already made some. The buntings are two-sided on her tutorial but since I'm not going to need double sided bunting this time, I made it slightly different. 

Update: I make all my bunting 4.5 inches now (instead of 5). I like the size better and you don't end up with a smaller set of bunting.

Each bunting is 5 4.5 inches wide & 6 inches long and you will have two 4.5 inch wide triangles from each 12x12 sheet (I'll use for another project) 

Sorry for the crappy iPhone photos. I was in the dark using a small lamp. >_<

  • 12x12 scrapbook paper
  • String or yarn (something to hold the bunting)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hole puncher


Here are the papers I've decided to use

1) On the back of the paper, mark 5 inches 4.5 (this is much better, I think) from one edge with your pencil and another 5 4.5  inches from that mark (you should have 2 inches left).

2) Do the same on the opposite side. Make sure you start on the same side (edge).

3) Draw your lines (the two triangles on the left are the smaller ones 4.5 inches). I also drew a line in the middle. 

4) Cut your paper in half (original tutorial doesn't do this because they fold the triangles in half so you have patterns on both side). You can use a scissors but I'm terrible at cutting straight so I used a paper cutter. 

5) Cut along the lines. Each 12x12 sheet will make six eight 5 4.5 inch wide triangles and two 4.5 inch triangles. 

6) Punch holes on each outer top corner of triangle for threading the yarn/string through. You can use a hole puncher but I used my Crop-A-Dile. 

7) Lay the triangles down (you could probably skip this step but knowing me, I would miss a pattern if I don't have them already in the order I want them).

8) Thread the yarn/string through holes. Had these Dollar Tree twine (3/$1!) laying around. 

Simple??? I thought so!

Update: the smaller size buntings look just as good and you get more out of your 12x12 paper!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for posting I will be doing this for my sister in law's baby shower! I made all my triangles 4.5" across though so they'd all be the same size. Thanks again! :)