Inside: Combine fine motor skills practice with St. Patrick’s Day theme for one of a kind DIY decor. This is one banner even very little kids can do on their own and feel proud of!
I’ve always been fond of paper decorations: white paper, newspaper, scrapbook paper, rice paper, it doesn’t matter. What fascinates me is that with just a few simple tools like glue and scissors, you can turn a piece of paper into a bookmark, origami starfighter, 3-D creation, beautiful flower, or, in our case, a fun St. Patrick’s Day banner.
This project takes about half an hour from start to finish, and will not only help your child work on those fine motor skills, but also have fun with mama. Plus, you will end up with beautiful homemade decor to boot.
You might even fall in love with this project so much that you’ll end up using the same technique to make banners for every holiday of the year. We do!
All you need to do is to cut paper in stripes, fold them in half, and glue them around a string. That’s it.
We used green St. Patrick’s Day craft paper for this project, but you can pick anything that, in your opinion, adds some Irish mood to your home. I decided that two different patterns would look more appealing than one. Of course, you can use one pattern, or five! Whatever works for you!
My youngest daughter is obsessed with scissors right now, so she had a blast cutting the strips. I helped her hold the paper while she cut when she started to get tired, but mostly I was on a fetch-and-arrange duty while she snipped, glued, and hung the banner over her “work” area.
St. Patrick’s Day Banner
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What you need:
What to do:
- If you want to be precise, use a ruler to mark ½ inch sections on your piece of paper. Keep in mind that you can easily skip this step. Nobody will be able to tell if your stripes are really ½ inch thick. Repeat with another paper if you are using more than one pattern for your St. Patrick’s Day banner.
- If you have younger kids, you’ll need to draw straight lines to help them see where to cut. But you can skip this with older children and invite them to cut strips by estimating the distance or by using only the marks from step 1 as a guide.
- Cut your paper strips. How many strips do you need? It depends on your wall space. Fifteen strips were enough for us.
- Fold the strips in half.
- Glue the ends together around the string.
- Hang on the wall.
Beautiful St. Patrick’s Day banner! No mess to clean. You can also put a checkmark next to “fun with mama,” “fine motor skill practice,” and “St. Patrick’s Day decor” on your list.
Multiple times a day, my daughter looks at her banner and exclaims, “Ta-da! I made it!”