I had a hunch that you might be feeling a little crafty today- so I thought I would create a tutorial to make “pineapple bunting”. I’m thinking it would be a fun one to do especially for a tropical crafternoon session or even for the silly season ahead of us. It’s a rather easy tutorial to do so please don’t feel that you need to possess any major crafting skills to achieve this – it really is one of those projects that you can make as simply or as detailed as you wish.
- Balsa Wood.
- Cutting Mat.
- Stanley Knife.
- A pineapple – you can print my Pineapple design here.
- Painters tape – strong hold.
- Paints – I used oil paints on my bunting purely because they are my fav’s. I also find the colour tones and clarity so beautifully addictive but you can totally use acrylics or even ink pens. * FYI – My oil paints did not take too long to dry as I used the paint very sparingly and applied it using my finger tips.
- 1.5 / 2 metres of ribbon to connect / hang your pineapples * You may need to buy more ribbon if you plan on making an extra long string. And lastly
- an Embroidery / Knitting Needle.
- Print out the pineapple design / pdf above – using scissors cut around your preferred size.
- Prepare your mat and crafting station with all of the requirements listed above.
- Using your cutting mat, place your pineapple over your balsa wood and lightly trace around the design with your knife blade.
- Remove the pineapple design and continue to cut around the shape more deeply. * It is best to always work your knife in a downwards direction so that you have more control over your Stanley knife – swivel the pineapple shape around until you have completely cut out your design.
- Cut out 8 or more pineapples depending on the length you want your bunting to be.
- Choose a colour palate or mood for your bunting design – pick at least three tones that work a little colour- magic together. Perhaps your palate could be based on nature, your favourite colours or a scheme that you’ve already established at your home already?? * If you’re needing inspiration – I painted my pineapples in teal, tangerine and variations of yellow tones.
- Using your Painters tape – create /isolate some shapes to be painted * I used shapes based – loosely on the triangle.
- Lastly paint your pineapple tops.
- Using an embroidery / knitting needle make two holes on each pineapple just below your pineapple – top.
- Tape one end of your ribbon tightly and feed it up and down through each hole.
- You can also use a second ribbon a little further down the length of your pineapple – I simply used spray – glue to attach my second ribbon to the back’s of my pineapples.
- You can hang your Pineapple bunting vertically or horizontally in any space. * I think it would look super great layered over windows/ curtains, on a mantle or part of a wall vignette.
Do hope you enjoy making your Tropo – Pineapples!