Craft a Birthday Party Banner

A party banner has lots of room to get everyone in the family involved, and adds a lots to the atmosphere of the day. Gather those decorations and let your imagination flow...

You will need:

  • Enough pieces of A4 or letter sized paper for one page per letter of the phrase you want on the banner
  • A ball of string
  • Glue
  • Felts, glitter, or other decorative material
Draw an outline (or if you have a computer, print and outline) of each letter of the phrase you want on the banner, one letter per page. (do this on half pages if you don't have room for a full size banner). Now get the kids to colour in and decorate each letter. This could be as simple as coulouring them in with felts, or your could use glitter, collages, coloured coconut (see the coconut picture idea), wrappers off chocolates, coloured (dyed) pasta, material...anything you have available.

Leave a little space at the bottom and make a series of cuts along the bottom of each page about 2.5 cm (1 inch) long, then curl the resulting strips of paper (hold the paper between your thumb and the blunt side of a knife, fold the strip of paper and drag your thumb and the knife along the strip).

Now attach the letters to the string by folding the top edge over the string and stapling it in place. Cellotape would also do the job. Now go find a spot to hang that banner :-)

One great aspect of this craft idea is that if you have more than one child you can give each child their own page to work on - for that matter, why not have mum or dad make a page too?

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