Moms everywhere will love being presented with this handmade paper banner. Little ones' handwritten messages on the back will make this a keepsake to cherish.Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Working one at a time, apply craft glue to the front side of chipboard letters with a one-inch artist's brush (Image 1). Immediately spoon glitter onto wet glue, allowing excess glitter to fall into a bowl (Image 2). Glitter all three letters, then set aside till glue has fully dried.
Create the three panels that make up the banner following dimensions in the diagram below (Image 1). Using a ruler, mark dimensions on the back side of scrapbook paper, then cut out the panels with scissors (Image 2). Use a ribbon spool as a template to mark the paper, then cut out three circles in coordinating scrapbook paper (Image 3). Have children write a message, thank you note or poem for Mom on the back of each panel (Image 4). Sign and date. Tip: For small children who can't write, make an impression of their hand with finger paint or allow them to scribble.
Cut three pieces of tissue paper into four-inch squares. Fold the pieces accordion style, pressing each fold to create a crease (Image 1). Twist at center and fan out to make a circle (Image 2).
Apply craft glue to the center of each panel (Image 1). Immediately press pinwheel into glue (Image 2). Apply a dime-size amount of glue onto center of the pinwheel and press the coordinating paper circle into glue (Image 3). Repeat this process on other two panels.
Apply craft glue to the back side of a glittered chipboard letter (Image 1). Press letter into the paper circle's center (Image 2). Tip: Apply a moderate amount of glue to prevent excess glue from squeezing out. Repeat this process with other chipboard letters (Image 3).
Have fun and allow kids to attach scrapbook embellishments that remind them of Mom to each panel using glue or decorative brads (Images 1 and 2). Allow glue to fully dry before the next step.
Punch holes in top corners of each panel using a single hole punch (Image 1). Cut the ribbon to approximately one yard in length. Thread panels onto ribbon in the proper order and pull until spaced evenly (Image 2). Hang completed banner on a banister, front door, over a mirror or simply on a wall to greet Mom on her special day.