A delightfully fun process to create a handmade birthday garland for a party or a friend! Materials Directions Paint Wooden flags or print these ones ( flags ) out on cardstock (you will need scissors to cut them out and a hole punch as well) Twine Paint brushes Old casserole dish (we used glass for photography purposes, but we recommend metal for safety reasons!) Elastics Needle (*optional for threading your garland) Painted Beads (*Optional) Wooden beads Acrylic paint Floral foam BBQ skewers Pony beads OR Purchase pre-painted wooden beads! Craft Tray & Smock We always find these items helpful as well! Directions Step 1: Painting your Beads Have an adult cut off the sharp points off of the BBQ skewers. Put a pony bead at the bottom of your skewer. This will hold your beads in place and prevent them from sliding down when you paint them. “String” your beads onto your skewer. Insert your skewer into your craft foam. Don your smock. Paint your beads. We find it helpful to hold the skewer with one hand at the top while you paint with the other. Paint as many colours as you would like for your garland. Allow to dry overnight. Step 2: Painting Your Flags Carefully put your elastics around your casserole dish (be sure to clear this with an adult and use an old one). We used a glass one so you could see the results better in the photographs, however, with small children you may want to use metal instead for safety reasons. Slide your flags/pendents under the elastics as shown. Paint the elastics. Carefully pull up your elastic band a bit and then let it snap down, splatter painting your pendents. Repeat this process with as many colours as you would like. We then had an adult carefully slide the pendents out and place them on a craft tray to dry overnight so we could wash the tray immediately. Once dry, lace your beads and your pendents/flags onto your cord, twine etc. Hang your beautiful, colourful banner! Purpose Exploring various painting techniques Developing fine motor skills (cutting, lacing, etc.) Safety Notes Use scissors, needles and elastics with care & supervision. Cord, twine etc. can be a strangulation hazard therefore it should be used with adult supervision and for the intended purpose. Beads can be a choking hazard and should be kept out of reach from those ages 0-3 years or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.