Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Easy Washi Tape Thanksgiving Banner

This colorful and beautiful Thanksgiving Banner is easy to make and will look beautiful hanging up this holiday season!  And guess what?  It's made from everyday materials like washi tape, paint chips, straws, and popsicle sticks!

Easy Washi Tape Thanksgiving Banner

Easy Thanksgiving Banner- Made from Washi Tape and Paint Chips!
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With the shorter days and longer nights, my husband and I have been trying to figure out ways to keep our preschooler entertained.  (Do you find yourself in that situation too? I'd love to hear any ideas!) 

Since I love crafting, I've been coming up with easy crafts that we can make together with stuff that's already lying around at home.  

Here's a quick snapshot of our table last week:

washi tape craft night

Today's Thanksgiving banner was inspired by the new craft book Washi Tape Crafts.  It's written by Amy Anderson, the crafty mastermind behind the awesome blog Mod Podge Rocks.  I love Amy and her work and was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of this book to review.
Washi Tape Crafts Book- Review and Thanksgiving Banner Craft

 What I love about the book is that it's filled with hundreds of easy ideas (and photos!) to use washi tape to transform ordinary objects' appearances AND it comes with 10 rolls of washi tape to help you get started.

Washi Tape Crafts book review

Today's washi tape craft consists of 3 mini-crafts. We made 2 of the crafts in one night and the other craft a couple of days before.  All 3 crafts are so easy to make that my preschooler had a hand making all of them!

Craft 1:  Make Washi Tape and Straw Beads

To make our beads, we first cut a bunch of straws.

Cut straws to make beads

Then, we decorated them with washi tape!

Wrap the straws with washi tape to turn them into "beads"

Boom. Done.  Ready to be strung!

Easy Craft idea- wrap washi tape around straws to turn them into beads

Craft 2:  Make Popsicle Stick Stars

I took some mini popsicle sticks and drew a line in the middle of them, dividing them in 2.  Then, we used our watercolors and painted them. After they dried, I hot glued them to create these small and colorful stars. 

Popsicle Stick Stars- Painted with watercolors

Craft 3:  Paint Chip Letters

These were SUPER easy to make.  I simply cut out some letters from paint chips and then we decorated them with colored pencils.  I love using paint chips because there is such a wide variety of modern colors!  (And they're free!)

Use colored pencils to decorate paint chip letters

After we made the beads, stars, and letters, we simply tied and taped everything to a long strand of yarn.

Paint Chip letters decorated with colored pencils

And that's it!  This banner is currently hanging in our dining room and I smile every time I see it.  I just love that my son and I created it together.

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Happy making, friends!

Give Thanks Thanksgiving Banner made from straws, washi tape, paint chips, popsicle sticks, yarn, and colored pencil