Like many parents I know, I try to focus our family’s attention on what we are thankful for this time of year more than on turkeys or stuffing, or…
…dare I say it?
Black Friday shopping.
This year, we made a thankful bunting and I loved doing this activity with my kids.
- I loved talking about what we were all thankful for,
- Connecting with them over the conversation and the craft,
- And creating side by side.
- Plus, I love the bunting that now hangs over our fireplace.
I’ll give you all the how-to info, but before we get started, I’m going to share a bit about about the paint sticks we used for this Thanksgiving art activity.
We used these Kwik Stix, which they sent us for free to try. (Although we’ve been using and loving their paint sticks on our own for the past 6 months.) This post is sponsored by Kwik Stix and, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.
Kwik Stix are a low-mess alternative to paint.
They are basically tempera paint in a solid stick form. Using them is delicious as the color glides onto the paper very smoothly, a bit like oil pastels, but the paint quickly dries to a hard, smudge-free paint surface. And the colors are wonderful and vibrant! Plus we liked that they played well with markers as you’ll see below.
You can buy Kwik Stix in a variety of colors and sets at stores such as Walgreens, Michaels, and toy stores. (You can also find them online)
(We used the basic color set pictured above as well as the neon set and the metallic set. They are all pretty awesome. I definitely recommend you give these a try.)
A family Thanksgiving art activity
What are you thankful for?
Before creating the thankful bunting, sit down and talk with your family about what you are each thankful for.
Talking about what you are thankful for can be a great way to foster family spirit and a sense of contentment so I recommend doing this activity often, not just at Thanksgiving.
Since Thanksgiving is around the corner, though, we extended the idea to create a thankful bunting.
A DIY Thankful Bunting
- Sturdy white paper, such as cardstock or watercolor paper
- Black permanent markers, such as Sharpies
- Kwik Stix paint sticks
- (Optional) Sewing machine
*You can buy Kwik Stix paint sticks on Amazon, at Michael’s (in stores and online), at Walgreens stores, and at some toy stores. And you can buy a 24 pack of their Thin Stix at BJs Wholesale Clubs.
Okay, now for the instructions on making the thankful bunting… :)
First, cut your paper into triangles.
Any size triangles are fine. I cut each of our standard-size (9 x 12 inch) sheet of watercolor paper into 10 triangles, but you can make your bunting triangles as big or small, even or uneven as you like.
Next, tape a series of triangles down on your work surface, to hold them in place.
As you can see, I covered our table with a large piece of brown contractors’ paper first, because I knew we’d be drawing off the edges of the paper triangles. You might want to protect your work surface, too, with paper or an art mat…
We all started by drawing pictures of things we were thankful for with a marker, as Daphne is above with the Thanksgiving meal on a table.
Then we colored our thankful images with the Kwik Stix.
And added words for the things we were thankful for. Daphne drew a thanksgiving meal and added the words “Thanksgiving Dinr” on this one.
As you can see, the Kwik Stix paint sticks work equally well over as well as underneath the marker drawings and words.
Besides Thanksgiving dinner, she made one bunting triangle filled with hearts, and one in which she said she was thankful for colors.
While Daphne definitely made the most, Maia and I each made several as well. Once we finished them (did I mention that the paint from the paint sticks dries almost immediately?), we removed the tape.
Complete the Thankful Bunting
I arranged the triangle artworks, intermixing them, and sewed them together into one long bunting.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, or don’t want to sew them, here are two alternatives:
- Use a hole punch to punch holes in the top corners of each triangle, then weave yarn through all the holes to string them all together.
- Use a long piece of tape to hold them together. You can keep the tape you used for holding the triangle pieces in place and simply fold it over to the back, or use a new piece of tape.
Finally, hang your new thankful bunting up where everyone can see it!
Some of what we are thankful for right now:
Friends, family, colors, nature, the earth, outer space, books, the color purple, “everything”, Thanksgiving dinner, turkeys, our house, pets, the alphabet.
And, even, the glitter (sparkale) Kwik Stix that Daphne is sure the Kwik Stix folks will create for her in the future.
Kwik Stix Paint Sticks are
- Easy to use
- Quick drying
- Vibrantly colored
- Reasonably priced
So get yourself some Kwik Stix to add to your art supply arsenal. (They would make great gifts and stocking stuffers, too, but I’m not sure I’d be able to wait that long.)
Thanks again to Kwik Stix for sponsoring this post; as always all opinions expressed are my own.
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