First, let me tell you a little about Melanie. She is a gem. Her style is spot on. Her party ideas are genius. And, her kindness is forthright. You Are My Fave was the first blog I ever read, and has been my favorite ever since. I can say that because Mel is also my real life best friend.
Mel has used classic buntings in many posts over the years. Most recently she made a beautiful Spring-inspired floral and dotted bunting.
Paper bunting in the hospital is simple enough, but easily provides a cheerfully personal touch. We put 20 (4 inch by 5 inch) flags in each craft pack. Of course, we used the Cricut Explore which made the design and cutting a breeze.
Literally, it took picking a design out of the hundreds available and pressing "cut". Parker helped me load the mats and feed them into the Explore. An hour later we had 200 flags to distribute among the packs. The Explore also cut slits in the corners for threading string.
Even if you were to take the time to hand cut some flags and bring them to a friend who is in the hospital, it would be well worth it. Just think how it would cheer up the room. I loved decorating Matilda's space when she was in the PICU. The doctors and nurses would always smile and compliment how bright and cheerful the room looked. It lightened the air and gave us something to talk about other than Matilda's medical status. I believe that a positive attitude and an encouraging environment help the healing process. Both for the parents and the child.
In the pack we also included a good amount of string and a roll of removable tape as an easy way to display on a wall or attach to a bed. Markers were also given so that an encouraging word, the patient's name, or doodles could be added.
Classic bunting will always be simple, beautiful, and effective. It was the perfect fit to include in our hospital craft packs.