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Great British Bunting !

Friday 8th May sees Britain commemorate the 75th Anniversary of V.E Day - when the guns finally went silent at the end of the terrible war in Europe. The occasion was marked with hundreds of street parties. Neighbours got together, made sandwiches, gadded about in fancy dress and strung red, white and blue bunting up between the lamp posts in a wave of national celebration.

This year a whole series of street parties had been planned to coincide with the V.E Day anniversary, but of course, the current public health restrictions mean that these can't go ahead as intended. However, there's another plan afoot - being championed by the BBC! The idea is to try and get every household in Britain to make its own V.E Day commemorative bunting and hang it up for all to see on May the 8th. The bunting can join all the wonderful rainbows that have taken pride of place over the last few weeks. It's a fantastic thing to try with children, and a creative way of introducing them to the subject of WWII. Home school project anyone?! If you're a bit unsure about where to start - then here are a few ideas.

Paper is probably the easiest thing to use when it comes to making bunting, as that's what most people will have to hand. Draw yourself a template (the BBC has a good one to downoad on its website here) and use it to cut out a series of triangular pennants like the one below. If you're going to attach them to string then make sure you add a foldable tab. If you're going to sew them together (machine stitching paper works really well) then you don't need to use the tab.

You could cut out your flags in different shades of paper, or even colour them in so that you have red white and blue flags. Young children might want to add rainbows as a sign of peace and hope - a sentiment that also reflects today's situation.

Let's just say though that bunting isn't only for kids! It's a very chic, cheap and fun way of decorating your home or garden any time, any place, anywhere! Try some simple printing techniques using a good old-fashioned potato, make flags from your favourite magazines, or use cut-outs and stick them on.

When you're ready, glue your flags onto string, making sure you leave enough at each end to tie up your bunting. If you're going to sew your bunting instead, then use a straight stitch (slightly longer than normal) to join all the flags. Carry on sewing between each one until you reach the end. It works really well. You don't have to do anything else; the thread will hold the weight of the paper flags - just make sure there's lots of thread at each end to tie your bunting up.

Of course there are other speedy ways to make bunting. Check out my pom pom blog entry for a fun way of going off piste! You might also like to try this tassle bunting idea - one of my favourites! Just tie different coloured fabrics, string, wool, or even strips of plastic bag onto a length of washing line or garden twine. It's super speedy and everyone can help! It looks great in red, white and blue!

And for those of you who fancy something a little more adventurous still - there's always my "boudoir bunting".....using vintage crochet doilies. I've just hung mine up on my little balcony and it's really brought a smile to my face!

Whatever you decide to do - have fun! And if you make V.E Day Bunting for May 8th, remember to hang it in your window and add the hashtags below. Take care everyone xx

#GreatBritishBunting, #VEDay75 #BBCMakeaDifference

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