We recently had a couple birthdays in the family and my usual stash of banners and decorations had seen better days.
I thought, "Hey, bunting is really cute. I think I'll make my own."
It was incredibly easy. Oh so easy.
And cheap? It cost me zero dollars.
I already had the raffia on hand, so that would have otherwise cost a little something, but you can use whatever is around the house, such as curly ribbon--anything you can form into a long strip.
The raffia strands weren't very long to start, so I just tied them together. The long strip was then hung. The whole thing is so light I was able to just tuck the ends under some photos on the mantle.
Next I cut 13 diamond shapes from some brown shipping wrap--one for each letter in "happy birthday."
Then the diamond shapes were folded in half.
The letters printed quick-as-a-wink and I cut them out and glued one on each half diamond triangle.
Next, the diamonds were hung on the raffia strip. A tuft of raffia separated "happy" from "birthday" so the words didn't run together.
It wasn't fireplace season quite yet, so I didn't worry about my decor catching fire...but yeah...be careful about hanging paper things in front of fireplaces. :)