Inspired by the lucky theme of St Patrick’s day but avoiding the shamrocks I came up with this very sweet rustic hessian bunting. Super easy to make and can be customised with any colour to suit any theme. I love the contrast of the glitter over the rustic hessian but if you prefer, you can use a flat paint.

You will need:

  • 1 metre of hessian
  • glitter
  • garden twine of jute
  • letter stencils
  • mod podge
  • paint brush or stencil brush
  • scissors
  • pencil (to mark)
  • ruler or tape
  • thread to match hessian colour

Step 1

Measure out and cut 25cm tall strips out of your hessian. Then, measure 25cm across and mark. Find the centre of the mark and rule to the bottom. This will give you the point of your flag right in the centre (nothing worse than wonky triangles). When you’ve done one, cut it out and use it as your template to measure up all the others. You will need 15 in total.

Step 2.

Mix up half a cup of glitter with around the same of mod podge until you have a consistency like oatmeal.

Step 3.

Place your stencil over a flag and paint the mixture generously onto the fabric. Carefully remove and place aside to dry. Repeat with all the letters.


Step 4.

When the glue has dried you are ready to assemble your bunting. Start by unrolling around a metre of the twine. Line up your first flag (this will be one with no letter on it) on top of the twine and using a zig zag stitch, stitch the twine to the flag along the top.

Step 5.

As you come to the end, line up your next flag. This one will be the letter “L” then “U” and so on. Remember to use a blank flag to separate the words. You can use pins to help keep the flags in place if you like.

Once you’ve sewn all your flags on you’re done!

 Photography by Ms Gingham