DIY Vintage Contact Paper Flags + Bunting

Apr 7

HI! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with another party accoutrement DIY for you, my pretties. So, I have three whole rolls of this AMAZING 1960s contact paper for lining shelves. While I have had them since before I got married (ahem) a while ago, I have never lined a shelf with it. I just think it’s too pretty to use and I won’t ever get to see it at the bottom of some drawer. Not that I see it much in the paper box under my bed. But wait, I have an idea that will both satisfy my desire to live beautifully with pretty things and use them NOW; and also to save this precious commodity that I have. Have you seen the usual vintage colors? This vintage lovely is pink with that fabulous avocado green. You dig? I have a super simple DIY of toppers and garland. Cut, stick, trim. Perfectly simple.

Supplies:
contact paper
rotary cutter
scissors
lollipop sticks or toothpicks
twine, string or ribbon

For toppers –
Cut a strip off of the roll about 5 ½” wide. Cut strips ¾” wide off of that larger strip.

Remove backing, center stick, and fold around it, being sure to line up the edges.

Trim a little notch out of the end to make it look like a flag.

Repeat and enjoy!

For garland –

Cut a strip off of the roll about 5 ½” wide. Cut strips 1 ½” wide off of that larger strip. Fold each in half.

Remove backing, center twine on fold line, and fold around it, being sure to line up the edges and press flat. If you mess up, don’t worry, you can open it back up and fix it, or just cheat and trim with scissors.

Repeat down the length of the twine, spacing each about 3-4 inches apart.

Trim a little notch out of the end to make it look like a flag.

This is a super simple DIY, that would look just as cute with those faux wood grain contact papers.  Similarly, you could use your own printed or scanned pattern on sticker sheets. Even easier, just attach double sided tape to the back of cardstock. I really hope this will make you as crazy for toppers and garland as I am!

{Photos from Hank + Hunt.}