davidd (davidd) wrote,

Pirate Bunny Flag

I made a Bunny Pirate Flag today.

Actually, I made the Bunny Pirate Flag two or three years ago, for International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I try to create a series of lessons at school every year around Talk Like a Pirate Day. One of the assignments is for the students to design their own personal pirate flags. I made the paper part of this flag as an example. Since then I've been shifting it from place to place in the junk room at home, trying not to wreck it.

Bunny Pirate FlagToday, while moving piles of stuff from one side of the room to the other yet again, I considered discarding the Bunny Pirate Flag. I mean... it's just a Bunny Pirate Flag made of colored paper. And it was getting a bit tattered.

I was on the verge of throwing it out, but... it's a Bunny Pirate Flag! With crossed carrots! Instead of throwing it out, I patched some of the tattered places with cellophane tape.

I don't think cellophane tape is actually made of cellophane anymore. What is cellophane tape called? "Magic Tape" and "Scotch Tape" are brand names, not generic terms; although actually, I used Scotch Magic Tape, so I guess I can legitimately say I mended it with Scotch™ tape.

Still, after mending, it was just a paper pennant, with no real way to hang or display or keep out of the way. I suppose I could have rolled it up and stuffed it into the back of the closet. Instead, I decided to at least put a spar across the top, for future hanging. I found a left-over bamboo stick just the right length -- didn't even require trimming, so I guess it was meant to be -- and hot-glued it across the top of the pennant. Tape up the tears and glue on a stick, that's all I was going to do.

But the seam where the paper was glued to the stick looked too... too much like a piece of paper glued to a stick. I added a "nautical" bit of rigging cordage along the seam -- actually an edge trimmed off a burlap sack. Then I needed a hanging cord, so I attached a hanging cord, also cut from the burlap sack. After that, the paper pennant itself seemed too insubstantial and papery, so I trimmed the remnants of the burlap sack to just slightly oversize and hot-glued it onto the paper as a fabric backing.

Now it hangs almost like a real cloth pennant, and fits in with the tiki-nautical decor of the Forever-In-Progress Tiki Room project.

So, I made a Bunny Pirate Flag today.

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