DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

by Kelly Lanza

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

I’m not too sure how it got to be the middle of June already, but you know what that means… the Fourth of July is right around the corner! I wanted to make some decor that was patriotic but didn’t scream it (if you know what I mean), and I thought this watercolor stripe bunting was the perfect solution! Not only does it work for a July 4th BBQ (strung on tables or overhead), but it could be great in any palette for all sorts of summer soirees. And it is so easy to make, you may just make one in every color!

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

Supplies –

  • Watercolor Paper or Thick Cotton Paper
  • Watercolors (I just used a basic kids set!)
  • Water
  • Various Paintbrushes
  • Sequin Trim, Ribbon or Twine
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Pencil + Ruler for Marking Flags

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

If using 8.5×11′ size paper, cut the paper in half width-wise to make two small rectangles. Use your ruler and pencil to draw a flag shape on one end of the paper (my point was 3″ from the bottom.) and cut out. Repeat with as many flags as you want.

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

Paint lines of various widths on each flag using different size paint brushes. Let dry completely.

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

Punch a hole in each top corner of the flags and string your ribbon or trim through to form it into bunting!

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

Voila! Perfect Fourth of July decor that could easily be used for other summer parties too. Hello, nautical bashes and clambakes!?

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

I had a few extras left over and decided to turn them into actual flags, too! I wrapped a wooden dowel in metallic gold tape and taped the flags to them! Bam!

[Photos by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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What a fun project. Also love the dress you’re wearing. Can you tell us more about it?

This is so pretty!! I love the colors you chose for the banner too! xx. McKenna Lou

Hi Susan! Thanks so much! The dress is actually a few years old. The brand is Valerija, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere online! I’ve seen some similar shapes/styles on sites like ASOS, Ruche and Shabby Apple, may be worth a look over there!

Super cute Kelly! I love the gold sequin trim you used as well :)

I think the flags are my favorite part. Love the garland too though Kelly! Leave it to you to make a 4th of July DIY that actually looks cool. That is not an easy feat.


lol So true, Brittni! Kelly makes most things look pretty cool.

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What a great idea! Such a simple but pretty tutorial! I’d love to pin this to The Home Depot’s Red, White, and Blue Pinterest page if you don’t mind.

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We would love that, Caroline – thanks so much!

Sweet! Something I can do with my 4 year old for July 4th :)

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