How to: Make World Map Bunting

If you’re throwing a summer party this would make super-cute cheap decor!  Bunting has certainly had its comeback and one wonders have we not all seen enough?  That said,  recently we threw a baby shower and wanted something ‘blue-ish ‘ to be able to transform the room a little and so it did.  We also thought this would also be a sweet present to give away to our Mom-to-be for baby’s room, so after scouring the web and seeing some nice-but-pricey stuff decided to get crafty.  It cost £2.99; Here’s how to make!

Finished Bunting

You will need:
1 x large world map (kids drawings/home lifestyle or decor magazines also make great images for bunting).

This huge Collins map ⇓ was from Jespers in Harrogate, you can also buy from ‘The Works’ for the same price.  It comes rolled up so open it our if you can, a few hours before making to allow the paper to de-curl.

Take One World Map

Ribbon or String as long as you need it to be.  We had this grey grosgrain ribbon in and so cost of the ribbon hasn’t been factored in to the £2.99.  If you are buying your ribbon it may end up making the total a fiver!

Grey Grosgrain

Red Grosgrain

Red would also have looked nice but as I was making the bunting double-sided, wanted a thicker ribbon.

Lastly, you will need a piece of thicker paper/card for a template, (can be a cereal packet or whatever else you have), scissors and glue


Defining the Shape

Decide on a triangle size.  Ours was going to be put up in quite a tall room so wanted it reasonable big.  We made it 18cm across and 22cm down to the point.  Leave a ‘lip’ on the top of the triangle, deep enough to be able to fold over your ribbon and touch the paper again on the reverse.

Ready to Trace

Fold over the lip on the template and mark where the edges need to be cut to match your triangle edges.  It should look like this ⇑ once cut.


Take your large world map, turn it over so the you are drawing on the reverse and starting at the top draw round your template.  Make sure each new tracing of your template touches the one before (shown as F’s here).  This not only makes cutting out easier but means you can use the upside-down triangles this creates as the reverse of your bunting should you want one.  (Yes, they will be upside down but that doesn’t really matter.)

Fronts and Backs

When you have finished you will have two piles.  One (left) with the lip on it one (on the right) of all the ‘waste’ triangles that we are going to use for reverse.

Measuring Out

At this stage, is you are unsure of how many triangles you need to cut and can lay out your ribbon on the floor, just do a mock-up on the floor between the two points you are going to hang your bunting.  Allow a hand-width for spacing.


Use a ruler to create an edge whilst you fold over all the ‘lips’.

Folded Edges


Now all the preparing’s done, the fun part.  Glue your triangles (with lips) over your ribbon and if you decide you want, glue on your backing triangles.

Use Hand Width to Space

I just used a hand-width as a guide for spacing; quick, and easier than measuring.  Finally, hang!

Baby Shower Bunting


One world map made seven and a half meters worth so it’s definitely value for money.  Happy making and do let me know if you decide to try!




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