{GUEST POST} Bunting from Thrifted Children’s Book

Today the sweet Polly is here to share the best DIY! It’s totally on my to-do list for when we get settled in the new house … perhaps before! I’ve loved following Polly’s blog and witnessing the beauty she finds in the every day. It’s inspirational! Plus she does super blog design and homeschools her three sweet girls! Check her out ASAP :)
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Hi there! I’m Polly and I blog over at This Enchanted Pixie. I thought I’d share with you a simple bunting project. I always pick up old children’s books when I’m out thrifting… some end up on our bookshelves, other’s get put aside for crafty projects. It would make a great gift for a kiddo {or grown up!} and is inexpensive and great if you need something last minute.
I used an old ‘Janet and John’ book, the great thing is that you can pick a book with pictures that the recipient would love. You’ll need some scissors, a hole punch, ruler, pencil and yarn or ribbon to string it on.

Step One.

Carefully remove the cover from the pages. Then seperate all the pages so that you have a pile of all the pictures. Depending on how long you want to make your bunting, you’ll probably be able to make at least two strings of butning from each book. For ours, we made it approx two metres long and we used eight pages. Choose which pictures you’re going to use.

Step Two.Mark the halfway point across the bottom of the back of each picture, then draw a diagonal line from that mark to each of the top two corners.  


Step Three.Cut along the lines you have drawn on each picture.  

Step Four.Punch a hole in both top corners of every picture {I punched all eight at once to make sure they were lined up correctly} 

Step Five.Carefully string each picture onto the yarn/ribbon that you are using. Leave four/five inches at each end for hanging, and an inch or two inbetween each triangle.  


And that’s it! If you want you could knot a loop in each end of the ribbon/yarn to hang it with. I have plans to make many more to decorate our bookshelves!!

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  1. Anna says

    What a great idea! It has never occurred to me to use an old picture book for bunting. I love it!

  2. carey says

    Very cute. I love the way this looks, but I just couldn't fathom cutting a up a book. Maybe I could use this as a project to salvage the books my sweet little Max ripped up one day. He had to pick the good ones.(Where the Wild Things Are and Blueberries for Sal) I may have cried a little.

  3. ThatMamaGretchen says

    Already ruined or roughed up books are the only ways I can re-purpose them too! In those cases though, I'm happy to give them a new life :)