diy for kids {tape bunting}

She’s got a deep liking for colorful washi tape. I have no idea who she got it from. No idea.

She asked me if she could make a bunting for her friend. The mere fact that she used “bunting” in a sentence won me over and I agreed. Together we made a little tape bunting. This is a super fast and easy craft to make with young kids…or by yourself.
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She picked the tapes and I folded them over a baker’s twine. Once I folded the tape over, she trimmed the bottoms. The tape was not uniform or cut straight, but that really adds to the whimsy of it.9.14bunting-029.14bunting-04

I asked her to hold it up so I could take a picture to share with other moms in case their kids wanted to make one too. She had a different pose in mind than I did.9.14bunting-059.14bunting-07

We wrapped the bunting around an old postcard and she picked out two cards (she made two buntings) to write a note to her friends. The cards are from Rainy Day Colors – the EXTRA LARGE kids cards are perfect for her because her letters aren’t so small yet.9.14bunting-08

She isn’t a big fan of traditional copying letters or tracing (though we still do that and work on her grip), but she loves sending cards to her friends. I get her practicing handwriting and spelling, she gets to send special notes to her friends. Win. Win.9.14bunting-099.14bunting-109.14bunting-11

And then the race to the mailbox to send them off.9.14bunting-12

Snail mail is one of my favorite things….I need to learn from my daughter and do a better job sending it!

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  • Izzy - This is too cute πŸ™‚ I love thinking of cute extras I can put into my cards!

  • Angela - I spy a leftie! And a young lady who grows more beautiful each day (or at least each blog post!). πŸ™‚

  • ranee - my daughter is a leftie too and i have a feeling she would love this project also! ditto to the snail mail sentiment as well! thanks for this post!

  • Lauren - That dress! Where did you get that dress?! Beautiful (girl included!)

  • Paige - I can’t believe how old she is looking! My Ty started Kindergarten this fall. This is the year he starts growing up. I capture as many “one more hugs” as possible. Love this last picture of her running with her long dress, looking back. I also love that her hair started out fixed and came down by the end of the post. What a cool idea with the tape.

  • Michelle Hill - I owe my washi tape obsession to you, Ashley πŸ™‚ They are so much fun!! This is such a cute idea, I can’t wait to try it myself. I love that last pic of fire cracker running with her hand holding up her dress- such a cutie!!

  • Haley - This is so cute! I love that she wanted to make something to send to her friend. Also, she does the best posing!

  • ellen patton - I mail cards almost every day. I love mail too!

  • Jenn from Texas - I don’t have anything to say other than I read your blog daily and am so inspired by your heart, your photos, and the way that you really LIVE your life. Thank you for blessing me everyday.

  • kimberly oyler - i made washi tape bunting last year! such a quick and easy project! and i am so jealous of firecracker’s hair.

  • AshleyAnn - Lauren – my mom just got it on sale at Target

  • Jenny B. - SO Sweet!! I’m thinking maybe my boys could make one to use as a Christmas tree garland. Maybe. πŸ™‚ Fun!

  • Andrea Thompson - I discovered your blog a couple of months ago & I am totally amazed by your life, your family, your home and your experiences. Your children are gorgeous and your life & home are so beautifully colourful. Your photography is amazing & I hope to do 1 of your snapshot workshops early next year. xxx

  • Kristi Rediske - so fun-I am going to teach my grandkids this-your daughter is beautiful-really shows in the pictures. She looks like such fun.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, she is a girl after my own heart! Great job, firecracker. I know your friends are gonna love your special gift!

  • Amy Espinosa @the little farm diary - Thank you for the reminder! I’m just terrible at sending letters too! It’s always so much fun receiving them in the mail!

  • Missy - SUCH a good idea! I’ve looking for craft projects to do with my four year old girl and we tried this yesterday. She LOVED it. And what’s not to love about cute bunting and surprises in the mail!

  • Diana - Oh my goodness. Everything about this is so precious!!

  • Lynn Brumm - Just amazed with how much she has grown up!! …..literally before our eyes! She is so sweet with her sun-lightened hair and bronzed skin. Such beautiful pictures….as usual!! Thanks!!!

  • haverlee - Oh gosh, that last shot of Firecracker. I feel like it’s a flash forward ten years. Nearly made me misty eyed and she’s not even my daughter!

  • Jess Musumarra - What a great idea! My 5 year old daughter LOVES washi tape and I can see her making tons of bunting. Thanks for sharing.

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