Whether you are celebrating a strawberry picking festival, having a berry themed birthday bash or your little one simply can't get enough of this speckled red fruit, making strawberry decorations for kids is a snap. From banners to garlands, you (and your child) can handcraft imaginative strawberry themed decor that sparkles with a hint of glitter.
Items you will need
- A twin-sized bed sheet
- Non-toxic fabric paint
- Non-toxic fabric markers
- Card stock paper
- A strawberry stencil or template
- Hole punch
- Clear drying school glue
Place a white twin-sized bed sheet on the floor (or other large work surface) horizontally. Fold the sheet in half from top to bottom.
Slide a large-sized piece of cardboard in between the two layers of the sheet to keep the fabric paint from seeping through. Cut the cardboard from an oversized box or pieces together a few pieces from smaller sources.
Draw a large strawberry in the center of the sheet with the fabric markers. Add smaller strawberries and words that fit the desired occasion, such as "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Strawberry Festival," around the large strawberry.
Paint in the strawberries with red and green fabric paints. Your child can help, or have him add small black paint spots as seeds.
Create a hanger for your banner. Cut a piece of red ribbon that is at least 12 -inches longer than the folded banner. Slide the ribbon through the sheet, just under the fold. Pull the ribbon so that six inches stick out on each side of the banner.
Show off your handiwork once the paint has dried. Remove the cardboard and hang your strawberry decor by the ends of the ribbon. If the banner will be hung in a windy area, tack down the ribbon with fabric glue so it will stay together.
Use a marker to draw strawberry shapes onto red card stock paper. If you and your child aren't adept at drawing strawberries, use a stencil or template to help you along. Make sure that the strawberries are at least 6-inches tall by 6-inches wide in order to see them well. Older preschoolers can practice their scissor skills by cutting out the strawberries themselves.
Fill in the tip of the strawberry with glue lines. Have your child sprinkle green glitter over the glue. Shake off the excess.
Dot the rest of the strawberry with glue. Have your child pour dark glitter in blue or purple over the glue to create sparkling seeds. Shake off the extra glitter. Allow at least four hours for all of the glitter and glue to dry (unless you want to have sticky glitter all over your child and house).
Punch a hole on each side of each strawberry, making sure that the holes are all at the same points on the strawberries.
Tie the strawberries together to make a garland decoration. Cut 6-inch pieces of thin red or green ribbon. Line the strawberries up in a row. Thread the ribbon through the the first side hole and again through the one on the next strawberry. Tie the ribbon in a bow. Repeat this step, securing each strawberry to the one before it. Leave two ribbons free, one on each end, for hanging your crafty decor.
- Hang your strawberry decorations around your child's windows, decorate door frames, adorn a buffet table (filled with berry goodies) or simply add them to a blank wall.
- Only use non-toxic child-safe arts and crafts materials for craft projects. Check out the label to make sure that the product is actually safe to use. Look for the Art and Creative Materials Institute logo for certified safety.
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