Heraldic Bunting

Design your own heraldic flags! Look at some traditional Medieval motifs as inspiration or invent a design to represent your own family.

Heraldic Bunting

Skill Level


Time to Make

30 minutes to make a piece of bunting + drying time for paint

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. To cover the wooden bunting with a single background colour, use smooth even strokes to apply the paint over the surface and around the edges then leave to dry. For a design with 2 background colours, divide the bunting in half or quarters with a pencil and ruler, then brush the paint to cover the wood.
    Add a second coat if necessary.
    If the bunting will be seen from both sides, paint on the reverse as well.
  2. Use self-adhesive felt for making the heraldic designs and patterns. For a striped or chequerboard pattern cut out strips and squares. To make other shapes, draw a pencil outlines onto the felt backing paper before cutting them out.
    For stars, circles and other motifs use ready cut self-adhesive shapes. Peel off the backing paper and stick the shapes onto the painted wooden bunting into a variety of designs.
  3. Thread the string through the finished bunting to hang it up.
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Top Tip

Before threading the flags, dip one end of the string into PVA glue then let it dry. The glue will stop the end from fraying and makes it easier to push through the holes. To add detailed patterns or coloured outlines use Deco Pens over the painted backgrounds.

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