Monday, June 21, 2010

Easy Garden Welcome Banner

After having done countless craft projects that involved tissue paper, I had been saving a rather large collection of tissue paper confetti. Since I'm never one to throw stuff away, I saved these bits of colorful goodness to recycle for other projects like this one! Our vegetables are starting to arrive in our garden, and what better way to welcome them than with this garden welcome banner. It's quick, easy, and even the littlest crafters can make it with great results!!


I cut out letter-frames of construction paper to spell out the word "welcome" and placed them right-side down on a sheet of clear contact paper. Then I invited the girls over to decorate the letters with all that fun confetti!


For Clara, this was a great exercise in letter-recognition and fine motor skills. She was so proud of her letters!


Emily thought the bright colors would make the plants feel as though our garden was one big fiesta!!


I added another sheet of clear contact paper sticky side down to sandwich the letters in-between. She used binder clips to attach the letters in the right order to a length of laundry line -- great spelling practice and the binder clips helped challenge her pincher grasp too.


...and now our garden is starting to look a whole lot more colorful!

32 comments:

Raising a Happy Child said...

Those veggies will feel right at home with such a colorful banner. I can't believe that you are saving every scrap - you are truly a frugal family!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Excellent use of left over tissue paper! We just noticed some green strawberries in our garden - I wonder if a welcome banner would encourage them to go ahead and ripen? :)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Raising a Happy Child -- Most of this confetti came from making bunches of tissue paper flowers. The scraps looked so pretty, I couldn't throw them out!

@ An Almost Unschooling Mom -- Oh yes, I think so! It's been scientifically proven that gardens with welcome banners grow at least 25% more fruit and vegetables then those without. ;-)

Just Breathe said...

The banner came out perfect. It really looks cute in the garden.

gardenmama said...

I love the last photo, the banner came out great!
And I like the stats you wrote in the comments : )

LJ said...

What a great idea! That looks great!!!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Just Breathe -- Thank you! I was thinking that for teachers it would make a nice classroom project for the first day of school. We might make another one for our foyer too!

Mark said...

Dear Valerie,

Now I have to start all over on my collection in my goal to create the world's largest ball of confetti.

Thanks.

Love,
Mark

brookie said...

I can not WAIT to try this! I am having an art theme birthday party for my daughter in the fall and this would be perfect! Thanks for the great idea. I will link back if we do it.

MaryAnne said...

What a neat idea! I bet it grows extra happy veggies =)

Philippa said...

Great Idea! I so want to try this but Name Banners for their bedrooms :)

Ticia said...

That looks way too fun! I need to find a practical way to save all those scraps.

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

that is so pretty!

Pip said...

Fantastic!! looks very good and lots of fun to make!!!!
good use of scraps!

Anna said...

What a pretty sight. All the garden fairies must feel so honored. If it would just stop raining here I could consider giving this a go.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

That is just beautiful, Valerie! I love it. Logan would love to make it. :)

Val

Lindsay said...

oo so cute!! Love the way it turned out!

Montessori For Learning said...

This looks amazing. I am in great need for fun, inexpensive,meaningful activities for my family this summer. Thank you for sharing great ideas.

Kyle
http://www.montessoriforlearning.blogspot.com

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ brookie -- I'm jealous of your art themed party!! Have fun!!

@ Philippa -- Name banners would be so lovely! If you hang them in a window, the sun would shine right through them. Great idea!!

Christy said...

I love this.

Rebecca said...

Love, love, love this Valerie! (and LOL to Mark!)

Cheryl said...

I bet all the colourful letters attracts some useful bugs as well. Lovely project.

Abigail said...

This is so creative! I always throw away my scraps! What about the rain?
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Vote4SafePregnancy said...

How easy to make garden.Your blog bring many tips.i like it.

Petula said...

Beautiful. Is it waterproof? If not, how can you make it waterproof?

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Abagail & Petula -- The contact paper makes it waterproof. Have fun!!

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Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Linked - it makes me a bit more cheerful just looking at the pics. :>)

MaeKellan said...

I know what we are going to do today. Thank you for the inspiration!

Moment to Moment said...

that is absolutely gorgeous, what a great idea, cannot wait to make one, my girl will love this!!!
Thanks

brookie said...

We made this a few days ago as a birthday banner but instead of tissue paper we used ironed crayon shavings. Posting about it tomorrow and I linked back to you. THANKS for the idea.

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