DIY Vintage Thanksgiving Card Bunting

There is something so beautiful about adding nostalgia to your holiday season home decor. Thanksgiving decorations should be no exception. Let me show you how I made this very simple, but lovely vintage thanksgiving card bunting.

A vintage illustrated Thanksgiving card bunting strung with clothes pins on jute twine in front of my farmhouse dining room shelves.

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I was perusing the internet using Google for ideas of a random nature. I always start a little random when looking for inspiration for my holiday decorations. And I ran across about a million free vintage thanksgiving greeting cards.

The colors are brilliant, the illustrations are charming and festive. What more could I ask for? I couldn’t think of anything so I gathered 28 different versions and then decided to resize them randomly. Because I believe random is the most visually appealing.

Buntings Are A Creative Way to Display Holiday Greetings

If you have been so blessed to receive cards for any special occasions those would make absolutely fantastic buntings on occasion as well. In fact, these vintage Thanksgiving greeting cards could be repurposed as actual greeting cards filled with Thanks. Then give them to your loved ones on Thanksgiving day!

Vintage card bunting hanging on the dining room shelves.

Other Special Occasion Options

If you’re wondering about Christmas holiday cards, yes I am already on the hunt for vintage versions. But here are a few other great options for occasions and holidays where a bunting similar to this would work.

  • Christmas Cards
  • Wedding Invitations
  • Baby Shower Cards (vintage or current)
  • Birthday Party Cards
  • Easter Cards
  • Vintage Halloween Greeting Cards
  • Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards

What is a Bunting?

I know when you think of the word bunting you think of the cute little bunting flags, but there’s actually more than one way to make a bunting.

A bunting is any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic, paper or cardboard in imitation of fabric. Typical forms of buntings are strings of colorful, monochrome, beige triangular flags and lengths of fabric in the colors of national flags gathered and draped into swags or pleated into fan shapes.

Three vintage illustrated thanksgiving greeting cards turned into a bunting.
These Vintage Thanksgiving Card Bunting greeting cards are free to download as a part of the Wonderland Subscriber Library.

Bunting: A Short History

Bunting was originally a specific type of lightweight worsted wool fabric generically known as tammy, manufactured from the turn of the 17th century, and used for making ribbons and flags, including signal flags for the Royal Navy. Amongst other properties that made the fabric suitable for ribbons and flags was its high glaze, achieved by a process including hot-pressing.


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How to Make a Vintage Thanksgiving Card Bunting

This is such a simple project to add character to a space just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. It adds beautiful colors and nostalgia for times passed.

Step One – Free Printable Vintage Illustrated Thanksgiving Cards

I have created a huge collection of 28 vintage illustrated thanksgiving cards that you can download totally free as a part of my exclusive subscriber library. To sign up for access just go to the Wonderland Subscriber Library.

Vintage Illustrated Thanksgiving greeting cards printed out on 80 lb cardstock.
A stack of printed Vintage Illustrated Thanksgiving Greeting Cards.

Once you’ve got your beautiful vintage thanksgiving card file make sure to print them out on 80 lb cardstock. The added thickness makes the cards hold up really well when hung up.

Step Two – Hanging the Vintage Thanksgiving Card Bunting

I used my guillotine paper cutter to make quick work of the cutting process. It’s by far my favorite office supply and it gets a lot of use.

Then I considered how to hang the bunting. There were a couple of great options like using a single-hole punch or using my crop-a-dile tool to punch holes and place metal grommets.

Ways to Repurpose Vintage Thanksgiving Greeting Cards

But in the end, I decided I wanted to keep them intact so they could be reused as actual cards. Two great ways they can be repurposed for Thanksgiving is

  1. To write a thank you letter to hand deliver on Thanksgiving day to a loved one.
  2. Write “thankful” notes on the back and take them down to read aloud on Thanksgiving Day.

How to Hang a Vintage Thanksgiving Card Bunting

Keeping the cards intact ensures they can be reused for other purposes besides just this bunting.

Thanksgiving card bunting supplies with jute cord, cards, and mini clothespins.
A small pile of supplies to create a Thanksgiving card bunting: a stack of cards, jute cord, and small clothespins.

I chose to use some very simple supplies like Jute Cord and Mini Clothespins. To hang it I used a couple of push pins straight into the top of one of my farmhouse dining room shelves.

Then I tied a simple slipknot on one end and strung it to the other end. Make sure you’re leaving slack so the cards can naturally hang without dragging too much.

Dining room open shelving with my Thanksgiving Vintage card bunting hung from one end to the other.
The completed Vintage Thanksgiving Card Bunting hanging on my farmhouse dining room shelves.

Such a quick and easy project! It took me literally 20 minutes altogether from printing, and cutting, to stringing it up in my dining room. I even had several leftover cards that I can use in a thankful basket as a part of a new gratitude tradition I’m starting with my family.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I have given you some inspiration, ideas for creativity, and maybe a push to start creating your own wonderland one piece or project at a time.

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Meet the Author

Hi, I’m Julie! Mother to five beautiful kids, Homeschool Educator, Writer, Handicraft & DIY Enthusiast, Photographer, Thrifter, and Furniture Restorer. Follow along for fun DIY projects creating a handmade home on a budget! Read more about me here→

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