flying the maple leaf…canada day bunting
A recent survey discovered that, contrary to the commonly held notion that we Canadians are less openly patriotic than our American neighbours or our British compatriots, we are actually more willing to display patriotism. One in five respondents noting they are even willing to sport a Maple Leaf tattoo. A relative new-comer in the history of our country, the red-and-white maple leaf flag was inaugurated as Canada’s national flag on February 15, 1965, and the maple leaf has become one of the most ubiquitous symbols of our nation. I am so proud and thankful to be Canadian, and whereas I’m not ready to get a maple leaf tattoo, I proudly wear a Canada t-shirt on Canada Day and when travelling abroad.
This year, in celebration of Canada Day, I’ve draped my balcony with a maple leaf bunting picked up at Dollarama for a loonie. Triangular flag bunting isn’t nearly as popular or available in Canada as in Britain, which is such a shame, as this fanciful form of garland is an easy way to dress up any celebration.
A vintage inspired British garden party with delightful fabric bunting (Home Base via House to Home).
Map bunting is easy to make from maps of travels past and a length of twine (Not on the High Street).
Bunting is a great addition to birthday party decorations (Not on the High Street).
While watching the recent Queen’s Jubilee celebrations on BBC Canada, almost every scene and party included British bunting (Not on the High Street).
I did find some DIY Canadian bunting ideas like this free printable bunting kit (Botanical Paperworks).
This red and white fabric bunting is no-sew and easy to make (Vixen Made).
This Canadian flag inspired bunting is easily made from card stock and embellished with buttons (Simple as That).
Happy Canada Day!