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Sunday, 3 April 2022

#Buntingmas 2022 - basically let's all put a bit of bunting up

NEW for 2022 - Heraldic shields to print and colour in for Buntingmas

#Buntingmas is a festival I celebrate with my offline pals every April after I randomly invented it one day in November 2019. I just think the world needs more bunting and my friends are nice and indulge me and either put their own bunting up or express murmurs of approval at my creations :)

"The very simple aim of Buntingmas is to 'put up' some bunting in whatever way 'put up' is relevant for you. If you hate bunting don't do that and instead you are merely encouraged to 'put up with' bunting." - me, in 2019.

The 'festival' runs from roughly 11 April to 11 September (my mum's birthday and my dad's, no longer with us) but I'm an all-year-round bunting person and I have mini paper flags from Flying Tiger perma-installed in my kitchen, plus home-made stuff scattered elsewhere around my home.

I've always liked bunting but really started to notice that I do in 2011 during a Royal Wedding when fights broke out in shops that were running low on stocks. In 2012 London had the Olympics and so the entire country broke out the Official LOCO-Approved Bunting, festooning it in town centres. Fantastic. Colourful little flags whiffling in the wind. 

The Vindolanda Trust has a 1900 Bunting Challenge for 2022, "to celebrate the 1900th Anniversary of the building of Hadrian’s Wall an open challenge has been set to knit, crochet or sew 1900 flags of bunting which will then decorate the replica section of Hadrian’s Wall at Roman Vindolanda in an exhibition between 22nd-30th October 2022."

This post includes some links to craft options in different media, and some ideas for classroom activities -
How will you celebrate Buntingmas? Craft ideas and classroom activities
(28 December 2019)

These two posts below have ideas on how to make very cheap bunting from a sheet of paper (fold following the instructions then cut or tear and bunting will emerge).

#Buntingmas (it's 11 Apr): How to make low-tech bunting from paper (1 April 2020)

An even easier way to make bunting from folded paper - no printer needed #Buntingmas (9 April 2020)

This post below will point you to ways of designing and producing some bunting based on heraldry.

Make your own heraldic bunting for #Buntingmas (10 April 2020)

Also some maritime signal flag bunting.

I also made some Celtic bunting last year, using OHP (overhead projector) acetate sheets and glass-painting paints. 

Vaguely Celtic 'bunting' for Buntingmas made from acetate OHP sheets and glass paints (11 April 2021) 

I'm expecting that 2022 is going to be quite a good year for bunting what with the Queen's Jubilee.

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