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Derby Mom 360: Nautical Cake Topper Bunting

Cake Topper Bunting for Nautical Themed Party

I wanted to stick with the nautical theme for this party as best I could so I wanted to do some sort of cake topper that went with the rest of the nautical look.  A miniature bunting seemed like a great way to do that!

CAKE TOPPER BUNTING SUPPLIES:
PRINTED PAPER
EXACTO KNIFE & MAT
SCISSORS
RULER
GLUE
STRING
STRAWS

Below is a printable PDF of the bunting.  There is one set of flags that says “Baby is one” so you don’t need to do any extra work to make that topper.  There is a second set of blank flags which you can add your own letters.   I used Hagin Caps Medium font which I thought looked very cute with this theme.  You can print the flags as they are and then write the letters by hand.  You could cut out and glue letters on. Or for those of you more graphically inclined you could use any page layout program to add the letters on the computer and then print them out already to go.  Whatever method suits your still set.  Here are the files you’ll need:

Printable Cake Topper Flags
Font – Hagin Caps Medium

For me, it was easiest to just layout all the letters on the computer. I printed out all my flags on regular copy paper. Cutting these flags out is a bit tough because they are so miniature. You may find it easiest to cut these out with an Exacto knife and a ruler. It’s a great way to make very straight lines but if you don’t have a craft knife, scissors will do just fine.

Derby Mom 360: Nautical Cake Topper BuntingNow you’re ready to start attaching your bunting. I chose to hang my banner in two lines but there’s no reason why you can’t string it all in one either. It just depends on the size of your cake.

First, you’ll cut a piece of string a few inches longer than your cake.  Then layout you diamond shaped flags in the order you want to them out.  It may be helpful to start from the center of your string with the middle most flag and work your way out to evenly space them.  The flags are diamond shape so you can fold them in half over the string.  Then add a tiny dot of Elmer’s glue and press it tightly for 5-10 seconds.  Then move onto the next flag.

Once all your flags are glued on, you’ll take your straws and place them at a distance and angle you like in your cake.  Then tie off each string very gently to the straw.  I chose to use paper straws because I had some that went with my theme.  If you don’t have any, you could also use a wooden skewer, a chopstick or anything else you can dig up around the house.

Up close your topper may not look perfect, but once it’s placed in your cake it will all come together and look great.  The flags are very tiny for this project so be patient with the process and be sure to print an extra set in case the first attempt doesn’t work out.

That’s it!  Topper complete.  I grabbed a random Hanukkah candle to match my color scheme.  No need for a big fancy candle since your topper is really the star here.

Derby Mom 360: Nautical Cake Topper BuntingLET THEM EAT CAKE!

Derby Mom 360: Nautical Bunting

Bunting for Nautical Themed Party

Buntings, also known as banners or pennants, are a fun way to dress up a party, to use as an all-the-time decoration in your child’s room or even just  in the background of a photo shoot.  You could make them from paper, fabric or some other material entirely.  I chose to go the quick and easy way from this project and print them on paper.

BUNTING SUPPLIES:

PRINTED PAPER
CARDSTOCK
SPRAY ADHESIVE
ROTATORY CUTTER & MAT
SCISSORS
RULER
HOLE PUNCH
JUTE (OR ANY STRING)

Below is a printable PDF with twelve flags for this bunting.  Two flags have a picture (an anchor and a boat) that I used at the beginning and end of the shorter words.  The other 10 designs all have a white circle in the middle to put your letters.  I used Hagin Caps Medium font which I thought looked very cute with this theme.  You can print the flags as they are and then write the letters by hand.  You could cut out and glue letters on. Or for those of you more graphically inclined you could use any page layout program to add the letters on the computer and then print them out already to go.  Whatever method suits your still set.  Here are the files you’ll need:

Printable Nautical Bunting
Font – Hagin Caps Medium

For me, it was easiest to just layout all the letters on the computer. I printed out all my flags on regular copy paper and then used spray adhesive to attach them to card stock. Then with a ruler and rotary cutter, cut out each triangle flag. It’s a great way to make very straight lines but if you don’t have a rotary or a craft knife, scissors will do just fine. If your printer can print on card stock, you can do that and skip the spray adhesive entirely.

Derby Mom 360: Nautical BuntingNow you’re ready to start stringing your bunting. I chose to hang my banner in three lines but there’s no reason why you can’t string it all in one either.

First, get your hole punch and put two holes in every flag, one near the top right point and one near the top left point.  Then layout your flags as you’d like them to read.  Here’s how I did mine:

Anchor-H-A-P-P-Y-Boat

B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y

Boat-M-O-S-E-S-Anchor

Figure out about how long you’ll want your jute and add 4 feet or so to that so you’ll have plenty to work with.  Start with your last flag first.  So I’d string “Boat” and push it all the way down to the end.  Then “Y” and push it all the way down to the boat with about two inches of space in between.

Through trial and error and some great help from my sister-in-law, we figured out that it was best for us not to tie a knot to hold the flags in place.

The jute keeps them from sliding around too much.  If you just string them all up with no knots, when you hang them you can still move them around a little bit, which worked out best for us.

Derby Mom 360: Nautical BuntingFINISHED!

After you’ve strung all three, space all the flags out evenly and you’re good to go!  If you hang the bunting by the jute and not the flags, the banner will remain in great condition and you can reuse it for many events to come.
Derby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed Party

Pinwheels for Nautical Themed Party

Pinwheels are a fun and playful addition to any party!  These make such a cute table accent, party favor or just a project for the kids.  You could make these for any themed party.  I chose to print nautical designs for this party.

Derby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed PartyPINWHEEL SUPPLIES:​
DECORATIVE PAPER
SEWING PINS
PAPER STRAWS (OR PENCILS)
ROTATORY CUTTER & MAT
SCISSORS
RULER
NEEDLE-NOSE PLIERS
ELMER’S GLUE

For a more premium looking pinwheel, you’ll want to print something different on each side of the paper.  For this design I did navy strips or anchors on one side and sold yellow on the other side.  You can download my full page designs here:

Printable: Blue Anchors on Gold
Printable: White Anchors on Blue
Printable: Blue Anchors on White
Printable: White & Blue Stripes

Printable: Blue Solid
Printable: Gold Solid

You’ll want to print out as many double sided pages on letter sized paper as you’d like to make pinwheels. They can be as large as 8″x8″ or as small as you’d like.

Derby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed PartyDerby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed PartyFirst, you’ll want to trim off any unprinted area on the page. My printer leaves about 1/8″ that is not printable space and needs to be cut off. I prefer to use a rotary cutter and ruler to get a clean line but scissors are also fine.

Once you have only your beautiful printed designs on both sides with no white edges, you’ll want to cut the sheet down to a square.  Derby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed PartyDerby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed Party5″x5″ makes a pretty nice sized pinwheel but you can play around with it.  Any size square will work.  For my party, I made a couple big ones and a couple of smaller ones.  If you go 4″x4″ or smaller you can make two per page.  For those who would rather trace a pattern, Oh Happy Day has a great printable pattern for pinwheels.

If you’re going the more free flow method, once you have your square, you’ll need to make slits to fold the points in.  You’ll start at one corner with the ruler laid flat and have it line up on a diagonal to the other corner so there is a 45 degree angle on either side of the ruler.  I made the cut about .5″ shorter than half a side.  Meaning if I did a 6″x6″ I made the slit about 2.5″ long.  The red lines on the image to the right show where I would cut.

Next you will fold every other point into the center.  So I don’t get confused, I fold in the point to the right of the cut on each corner.  Derby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed PartyDerby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed PartyAlso, when you fold them in, go a little passed the center mark with the point so you have enough to put the pin through to tack it down.  I found through trial and error it was a bit easier to primp the pin first and the poke it through the 5 layers of paper and then the paper straw.  I also found the pins with the round plastic heads looked a bit better than a traditional pin, though either will do just fine.

Derby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed PartySDerby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed Partyo once all 4 points are folded to the center area and have overlap, poke the pin through all points and the back layer and then through the paper straw.  I trimmed down the end of the pin with my wire cutters and then added a dab of Elmer’s glue to the exposed edge so that once the glue dried, there was a clear protective covering over that part which could be a bit scratchy and could also fall out with use.   If you choose to go with a pencil, you will not need to do the glue or the crimping, you’ll just poke it right into the eraser and cut the end down.  I had paper straws that were perfect for my theme so I decided to do the extra steps.

Derby Mom 360: Pinwheels for Nautical Themed Party

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

You have completed your first pinwheel!  Let the glue dry and you’re ready to use them!

Derby Mom 360: Nautical Themed Party

Nautical Themed Party Decor

Pinwheels, Boats & Buntings for a Themed Party

For my son’s first birthday, I wanted to do a themed party.  Nothing too cutesy or baby-ish.  Something for a little boy that was also fun for the adults present.  As a woman who loves almost anything that comes in navy stripes or has an anchor on it, I figured nautical was the way to go!

Here are some quick and easy how-to’s in order to host your own nautical themed party whether it be for a birthday or a just a festive summer BBQ.  Each tutorial has nautical themed printables so you’ll need very minimal supplies and design skills to make any of these projects.  Click on the pictures below to get started!

Paper Boats
Paper Boats: Sails & Flags
Pinwheels
Pinwheels: Stripes, Anchors & Solids
Bunting
Bunting: 12 Different Flag Patterns
Cake Topper
Cake Topper: Miniature Bunting