Get your kids involved in decorating for Fall this year! Throw in some spiced apple cider and festive music, and make it a fun family memory!
Every year we decorate the mantle for Fall. And every year the routine is basically the same.
Pull off current decor. Pull out boxed Fall decor.
Turn on Christmas music (I know, I know. But this year I have a good reason).
Try to find an arrangement of things we already have on hand or have acquired cheaply that suits our simple, clean style.
Send pictures to my best friend for a second opinion. Because she is a decorating guru. And I am not.
For the past couple of years, I have been able to count on more help than just from my best friend. My children are joining in on the action.
Like most things, they are eager to do whatever.Mommy.is.doing. We cook together. We sew together. And now we decorate together.
Sometimes this means finding random pinecones on surfaces that are in their reach. Sometimes it means reminders not to let their dinosaurs eat all the fake fruit. Almost all the time it means candles. They are big on the candles.
And I say, just go with it. Embrace their participation as a part of the family tradition. Let it be a special time. Prioritize memories over Pinterest-worthy mantles. (Not knocking Pinterest though. It is a crucial source of inspiration for the decorating-challenged like me). Give them license to be creative and the opportunity to enjoy the work of their hands.
This year, try letting your kids join you in making this simple Fall banner. (If you’re really brave, you can invite friends over for a felt painting extravaganza).
Chances are good that you already have some of these materials stashed away in a cupboard or closet. And those you are missing can certainly be acquired cheaply. The stamps are quick and easy to make and may be a new favorite here. (I’m thinking Christmas cards…)
How to make your own fall banner:
- 1/2 yard felt
- Craft paint
- styrofoam plates
- paint brushes
1. Cut the felt triangles. Cut out a triangle from cardstock to use at your guide. [Cut a square 8″ x 8″. Draw a line from each top corner to the center bottom and cut.] Use this to cut as many felt triangles as you can. (Trust me, having some extras is a good thing).
2. Make the stamps/stencils. Draw the letters and/or shapes in the center of each styrofoam plate. Carefully use an exacto knife to cut each shape out. Go slowly so the styrofoam does not tear or snag. Now you have one stencil (the plate) and one soon-to-be stamp (the cutout).
Hot glue a cork to the center of each cutout and let dry.
3. Set the table, (the craft table). Cover the table with paper or a plastic tablecloth. (I use rolls of craft paper from IKEA for this. Easy and inexpensive). Pour paint onto uncut styrofoam plates to use for dipping the stamps. Pour paint into another container to use to dip brushes in for the stencils, (we used an empty plastic egg carton). Set out the stamps, stencils and triangles.
Even if you are only doing this with one or two children, having the supplies ready from the start is a major time and stress saver! Don’t skip this step.
I neglected to pour the paint before the kids gathered. I wished I had remembered because waiting is soooo hard.
4. Paint the triangles. Gather around the table and get to work! (And if you’re like me, take a deep breath and remember that part of the beauty is the kid-ness of it all. Or just make plans to go back and add a few of your own pieces to the banner. No shame either way).
After each triangle is stamped or stenciled, let it dry in a safe spot.
5. Make the banner. Take the dry painted triangles and lay them out in the order you want them. Cut two small slits in the top corners of each triangle for feeding the twine through. Feed the twine through the pieces and you’re done! (Tip: I waited to cut the twine until I hung the banner on my mantle so I could determine just how long I needed it and how spaced out I wanted the triangles).
6. Hang your banner!
Happy Fall! I hope your season is filled with crackling fires, pumpkin flavored everything, and extra-special memories!