DIY disc bunting: It's different because it's circles!

March 28 | Guest post by Rae Rae

OBB3_zpsd7b54c3fCircle card stock bunting: the good news is it's fast, super-cheap, and super-easy! It's so easy that I got other people to help make them, too. I bought all my thread and cardstock online — so I sent the link to my mum and aunties and they bought their own. I gave them the biggest and smallest dimensions of the discs and the length of each chain. And now there are little sandwich bags of decor in three different countries sat waiting patiently for my brightly-coloured bubble-pop-electric wedding!

All you need to make these are…

  • A sewing machine
  • Card stock
  • Scissors

20130109_205639_zpsca12d3ceStep 1: Chop your card into discs (or other shapes, if you prefer) of many sizes and colours! It doesn't have to be perfect — remember no-one is going to see the bunting up close as it will be hanging up above their heads.

I found it easiest to stack up a few bits of card, cut it into strips and then chop out five at a time. (I put on an audio book while I was chopping and before I knew it, I had chopped up 30 pieces of card!)

Step 2: If you are going for the random-colour-selection throw all the discs in a box and give them a big jumble-up.

20130109_210316_zpsfbc8cddcStep 3: Thread your sewing machine with suitable colored thread, and set it onto a running stitch. I used two contrasting colours for the bobbin thread and the main thread to add extra in-your-face brightness.

Step 4: Stack up as many discs in your hand as possible. I started by just popping them onto the machine one by one from the box but I found stacking them REALLY speeds up the process.

Step 5: Start popping the discs through! They should just pile up on the other side of the machine. The foot and runner suck them up nice and quickly. You can get a good rhythm going after a while — I was making chains of 15ft in about ten minutes.

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20130109_211401_zps2cf6208aStep 6: Finally, wind them up and pop them in some kind of transportation device — I used little sandwich bags — so that they don't get tangled.

When it comes to decorating the venue, just unwind them and enjoy how awesome you are!

  1. I love your colors! I've been trying to figure out a nice cute decoration for my sisters bridal shower and i think this is it :)

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  2. Love it! Would be interested to know where you bought your cardstock from.

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  3. I made mine for my wedding using a circle punch. It was way easier on my hands then using scissors!

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  4. I just made a ton of these for my daughter's first birthday! I actually bought a paper punch and made over 300 circles in about an hour & a half. To offset the cost of the punch, I made my circles out the paint chips from Home Depot. I didn't realize they had printing on one side so I glue sticked another circle to that side.

    They turned out awesome for my rainbow polka dot theme.

  5. I love these!
    I put my fiance to work punching circles with me, then he stacked them in alternating paper and handed them to me while I ran them through the sewing machine. We used black cardstock and sheet music that we had leftover from the rest of our paper decor. We plan to use them hanging from the trees around our ceremony space and hanging behind tables at the reception (dessert, sign in table, etc).
    They're so easy and customized to whatever you want!

  6. I am in love with this! I knew I wanted bunting, so this is right up my alley. Now if only I could get away with putting my students to work cutting out circles for the next few weeks…

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