Saturday, April 16, 2011

Color Wheel Banner

You will need:
  • Thin cardboard (We used a cereal box.) cut into circles
  • Magazines
  • Glue, slightly watered down
  • Paintbrush
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
How to:
  1. Decide what colors you are going to do for your banner. Leaf through magazines and tear out any pages that contain those colors. Tear those pages into smaller pieces and keep colors separated. (I found the best luck in an old issue of Birds and Blooms magazine. There were tons of nature, bird, and flower pictures to choose from.)
  2. Using paintbrush, paint a thin layer of glue on to cardboard. Lay pieces of paper from one color pile on cardboard, layering and reapplying glue as needed. When completely covered, set aside to dry.
  3. Repeat with remaining color piles.
  4. Once dry, trim any hanging pieces of paper off edges of circles.
  5. Punch two holes at top of each circle, thread yarn through holes and hang.
Elliott loved looking through the magazines for his colors and tearing them out. We probably could have made this a two day project and focused just on the tearing the first day. (I would recommend it. The tearing actually takes longer than you think it will.) Both of us liked "painting" the paper on.

Cute, but what do you do with it?

The banner is really cute, but I really haven't found a place for it yet. First we hung it in a window, but the sun blocked us from seeing the bright colors. I moved it to a shelf, but it's just hanging there. Elliott's not willing to part with it yet, so it'll remain there for a while longer.

Elliott's Evaluation: I liked tearing the magazines. First we put the glue on and then we put the paper on. It was just for a decoration. It's a good decoration.

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