Fourth of July Bunting



Celebrate the Fourth of July with this simple bunting made with starfruit prints. This sweet tropical fruit can simply be cut in half and used for printing, making a quick and easy kids’ project. Then the kids can eat the other half! We made our prints into a festive bunting, but you could adorn napkins, place mats, tablecloths or t-shirts.

After the kids printed the fabric I sewed the bunting, but you could just as easily use fabric glue for a quick no-sew project. I chose to let the edges of the burlap fray, but you could finish the edges or sew a quick running stitch around the edge to limit the fraying.


  • Starfruit, cut in half
  • Cream-colored burlap, 5 pieces 5″ x 8″ each
  • Red acrylic or fabric paint
  • Tray for dipping paint
  • Paper or plastic to protect table
  • Rope or twine for hanging
  • Matching thread or fabric glue

  1. After you have cut the starfruit in half, allow it to rest face down on a towel for a few hours to absorb the excess juices.
  2. Cut your fabric and prepare your work surface. Squeeze the paint onto the tray and try a few sample prints.
  3. Center the fruit on the lower portion of the burlap and make your prints.
  4. Allow the fabric to dry for a few hours, then fold over the top edges and sew or glue the fabric onto the rope.

Hang and enjoy. Happy Independence Day!

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Ellen Luckett Baker
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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8 Responses to “Fourth of July Bunting”

  1. Julie Jun 17 at 3:22 pm Reply Reply

    Simple and sweet!

  2. Tanya Jun 17 at 9:18 pm Reply Reply

    very simple and cute! thanks for sharing.

  3. jen Jun 25 at 12:23 pm Reply Reply

    this is wonderful!!! where did you find the burlap you used? it’s lovely!


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