Today we are making do-it-yourself glitter banners. They are great for decorating rooms, parties, classrooms, events and more. You can spell out your name, or the name of your best friend, or a word that makes you happy (LOVE, DANCE, CELEBRATE). My parents used glitter banners to decorate my last birthday party. I think this is a cool project because you transform recycled brown grocery bags into art. And don’t forget to check out my How-To Video so that you can watch me do this step by step!
LEVEL: Medium (This craft does take a little more patience and more materials than our other crafts and requires adult help)
MATERIALS: brown paper bags, paint, paint brushes, modge-podge*, scissors, compass, string, clothes pins.
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Step 1: Use a compass to draw circles onto your recycled paper bags or a piece of thick paper. If you don’t know how to use a compass ask your parents for help. You can also use something round in your house to trace (the top of an oatmeal container, the bottom of a juice bottle, or something like that). Your circles can be big or little but should be at least 6 inches in diameter. If you prefer you can make squares or rectangles, too.
Step 2: Cut out your circles with a pair of safe scissors.
Step 3: Next, it’s time to paint the circles. You should put newspaper down on your table so that you do not get paint on it (Don’t want to get in trouble!). I think washable tempera paint works best, but you can use any kind of paint that you like as long as your parents approve.
Step 4: As your circles are drying (sometimes your circles will take longer to dry if you live in a rainy place), ask your parents to print some letters for you on the computer. We used the font “Herculanem” at font size 400 for our 6-inch letters. Parents need to type the word out, select the font, change the size, then change the font to “outline” so that the letters do not print solid black. Once they are printed, cut out each letter carefully with a pair of children scissors. Don’t worry if some of the black outline of a letter shows because the glitter will cover it.
Step 5: This is my favorite part! Once your circles are dry, it’s time to glue the letters onto them. Use a paint brush or Q-tip to spread the modge-podge on the back of the letter. Place the letter in the middle of one of your painted circles. Now, do the same with all your letters.
Step 6: After all your letters are modge-podged or glued to your circles, place your first circle on a paper plate or easy to clean tray. Now, spread some modge-podge on top of the letter. Try NOT to get any modge-podge or glue onto the colored part of your paper. Once modge-podge is covering the entire letter, sprinkle glitter onto the letter. You can use gold glitter, silver glitter, rainbow glitter, or whatever color glitter you like best. Shake the paper around a little to get glitter to stick to all the modge-podge on the letter. Once you feel there is enough on—all the white part of the letter is covered—then shake off the excess glitter onto your plate or tray. Repeat this step with all letters.
Step 7: Put a little glue on one side of mini clothes pins. You should have one clothes pin for each letter. Then dip one side of the clothes pin into your leftover glitter in the tray or on your plate. Aren’t they beautiful? Set them aside and let them dry with glitter side facing up.
Step 8: The last step is to cut a piece of string or ribbon and hang your circles using the clothes pins. Hang your awesome new banner in your bedroom, or another room in the house.
These also make great classroom decor (WELCOME), Baby Shower Banners (It’s a Girl!), Birthday Party Banners (Happy B-Day!), or team banners (Go Bruins!).
See our fun HOW-TO VIDEO for step by step directions.
Resources: Tempera Paint & Brushes (Lakeshore Learning), Modge-Podge & Clothespins (Target), Recycled Bags (Trader Joe’s), Glitter (Pearl), Ribbon (Paper Source)
*If you want to learn more about Modge-Podge and other crafting supplies or terms listed in this post, don’t forget to check out our Arts & Crafts Glossary & Resource Guide For Kids