Paper Bunting Activity

Buntings are an easy and versatile way to decorate. There are so many great kits and pre-cut products out there. This version using poster board and dot paint markers. I did this as a shower activity but had some left over bunting pieces and we did more painting together. My toddler-guy likes the dot markers (and making a mess and tasking the paint) so this was pretty fun activity for all of us. I enjoy making designs too. Who doesn’t love polka dots or pretending you are an epic bingo player….



  • Poster board (I used smaller 11 x 14 sheets) or paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • hole punch
  • twine or yarn
  • Paint, markers, crayons etc to decorate (sky is the limit)


  • Draw out a template for your bunting. It could be a triangle, or flag or more shield like. These are 5 inches wide 7 inches long at the tip or longest edge.  I did two shapes the flag and more ‘shield’ like version because they used up more of the sheet paper. The template was cut out of a 12 x 12 inch piece of scrapbook paper that i have used for other buntings/garlands.
  • The angles are at 2 inches from the bottom and i just measured over to a point in the middle (2.5 inches).
  • Punch holes in the corners to thread the twine or yarn or string later. For the shower of note, I strung them in advance, just so it would be all ready to go at the end of party. Not a necessary sep
  • Decorate!! Have fun.  Everyone decorated different designs  for a nursery decoration for the new baby. Later, my toddle-son and I painted more together for his room. Granted he painted the counter and his face mostly.
  • I did try to decorate all on either the shiny side or more matte side of pasteboard but nothing to get to hung up about.
  • This pattern and tutorial works really well with scrapbook paper too – quick party decorations!  You can even just stitch the paper flags together.
  • I like the ones with more white space but found my self really daubing away. Hehe.

Some other bunting ideas:

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