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Kids Can Decorate Their Room: Handmade Crepe Paper Bunting

bunting for kids room that kids can make

What’s there to love about buntings or Torans (as we call in Hindi)? I’d ask is there *anything* not to love about buntings? :-)

Really – a bunting just brings so much good cheer, beauty and joy to the home and hearts, I could make one everyday, if I had the time and energy.

But, we try to make one whenever we can – for a birthday, Diwali, or New Year. Or, just to renovate a room when the mood strikes.

That’s what we did recently. Pari had a gorgeous bed sheet for her room from her Mama (her Uncle; my bro) and Mami (Aunt, my sis-in-law) which inspired her to make something special to decorate the room.

So, when I suggested that she can make a bunting, she jumped at the idea – trying to first figure out where she would display it. And then we measured to see how long we’d need to make.

Once we determined the length, she decided that she’ll cut out hearts rather than triangles (that make a traditional bunting/toran) and stick them on a ribbon.

I decided that we could make with the stack of used papers that were once part of a research report – from 7 years back! Yes, that long! I can never have the heart to chuck things like these that can be potentially put to use.

So, Pari drew out a free-hand heart. I placed 4-5 papers underneath it so she could cut together – saving time and energy.

She went on to draw more hearts and eventually cut out 12 hearts. I helped with some of the scissor work once her fingers started aching.

We discussed many ideas to decorate them – painting, pasting pressed leaves, collaging.

Pari decided to go with the idea of using scraps of colorful crepe paper.

We both worked together – tearing crepe papers of green, pink and magenta (she chose these clours) and sticking them onto the paper hearts. (She wanted me to help with the tearing and sticking as it involved plenty of work).

tissue crepe paper collage heart kids art

After doing a few of these, she wanted to paint the remaining hearts using pearl acrylic colours. I wasn’t sure about spending those pricey acrylic colours on paper when we could use them on other surfaces that they are meant for.

But, Pari insisted, so I let her do…

painting hearts on used paper

painting heart valentines day art ideas for kids India

I’m glad she did that, for the idea turned out brilliantly. Using acrylic colours on paper transformed those ordinary used papers.

painting heart valentines day art ideas

You can see the effect yourself!

painting hearts Mommy Labs India

Some cone liners to add final touches….

The hearts lay on the table for couple of days.

And the third day, Pari got back to sticking her hearts on a broad pink ribbon that I found for her in my craft stash.

kid made heart bunting

She was joined by a friend in sticking the hearts to the ribbon.

handmade bunting for kids room

I helped them with laying the hearts equi-distant. It was a little fun game of Math by itself!

heart bunting for valentines or any festive occasion

Doesn’t it look cheerful and vibrant?

Not to mention, the pride and satisfaction Pari felt by making something with her own hands for her room.

Recently, my Uncle and Aunt visited from Mumbai and she invited them to her room to show her handmade bunting and the fairy bedsheet.

Small joys!

crepe paper painted bunting for kids room decor

Designed this bookmark today by heat-mapping a picture.

Check out some more art ideas in collage form:

crepe paper cut paste heart art

Looking at these piles of crepe paper collage hearts, I was wondering what else could we make with them, besides a bunting….

Suggest any ideas that come to your mind.… :-)

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Ann September 6, 2012, 6:15 am

    Just beautiful and she made it herself!!!

    Your 7 year old report reminds me of the stack of work notebooks I threw out around the same time – felt like a small death!

    • Rashmie September 11, 2012, 5:03 pm

      Ann – it feels bad to throw something out after saving for so long, doesn’t it? I wish you could have used those notebook pages in some way….

  • Kimira September 6, 2012, 7:03 am

    What a nice open ended craft. Thanks for sharing. WE will surely try it on an upcoming playdate

    • Rashmie September 11, 2012, 5:04 pm

      Glad you liked it and want to try. Yes, I loved the open-ended nature of it, too. :-)
      It’s perfect for a group of kids on a playdate….

  • maryanne @ mama smiles September 11, 2012, 8:13 pm

    What a fantastic way to cheer up a room! It looks lovely :)

  • Roopa September 12, 2012, 7:40 pm

    Love how it turned out and that u made hearts:) Buntings are a FUNtastic way to add color to any place! Love the idea of using crepe paper. Thanks!

  • Mansi September 13, 2012, 9:03 pm

    Hi Rashmie,
    I was totally off the net for almost 10days now and boy what great posts have I missed at your blog. Pari is my fav! Love it

  • Kimira September 18, 2012, 9:11 am

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