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Make a Happy New Year Banner with Tape Resist

How to Make a Happy New Year Banner

The kids and I made a colorful and happy welcome banner to hang up and celebrate the new year.

I think we managed to use five of our all-time favorite art materials in this one art project!

Make a Happy New Year Banner with Tape Resist

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Here’s how we made the tape resist banner

First I wrote out HAPPY NEW YEAR with washi tape (one word per sheet of watercolor paper).

Maia could have done it, too, if she were interested.

But she wasn’t.

Maia providing comic relief

She was more into providing comic relief just then.

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But she and Daphne both added sticker decorations to the paper…

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…and then painted over the entire paper with liquid watercolors. Adding salt as well, since we’ve been doing those starry night cards recently and salt + watercolors is still on our mind.

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We let the tape resist artwork dry overnight (which also let the salt do it’s magic)…

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…then pulled off the tape to reveal the white letters underneath.

Although, actually, with washi tape, you could leave the tape on and it would still look good. We were down to our last three rolls of washi tape (after using lots on Christmas cards and DIY envelopes) so I wasn’t as inspired by the colors and designs we had left.

But if I were to try again after restocking (I have my eyes on this fun set), I might do something similar with a different fun washi tape for each letter.

Assemble the Happy New Year Banner

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Daphne and Maia used a star paper punch to punch holes in the corners.

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Pretty, huh?

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Then used sparkly gold pipe cleaners to connect the different words of the message together.

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Maia outlined the words with a silver Sharpie, for added sparkle.

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And I hung our new Happy New Year banner on the wall near the dining table.

(That’s Daphne draining the blueberry juice left from a bowl of frozen blueberries. I’m sure your kids have better table manners than mine, right?)

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We also made a banner proclaiming the year.

(I probably shouldn’t tell you that this is a second attempt. The first involved a brain fart on my part and a banner that read 2004 rather than 2014.)

Make a Happy New Year Banner with Tape Resist


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    January 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Another great idea for my classroom. Thanks. My liquid water paint came in the mail today and I’m soooo excited to use it with my students next week. I think we’ll do these 2014 signs also. Love the ideas.

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    Whitney M
    January 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    First of all, I love your ideas. I have done many of your projects with my 2 and 4 year old daughters as well as in my Pre-K classroom. We made a variation of this banner yesterday along with salty watercolor bunting using coffee filters. Both look great! My question… How do you usually hang your things? I strung the bunting on yarn and taped it on the wall with wash tape. As expected, it fell overnight. Any tips on a strong tape or other adhesive that won’t damage the walls? I have a clothesline with mini clothespins that I use for other art, but that doesn’t always work well for everything. Thank you!

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    January 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Thanks! I’m a big fan of command hooks. Hopefully you like them too!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 5, 2014 at 5:39 am


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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 5, 2014 at 5:47 am

    So glad you like my ideas, Whitney!
    Okay, for hanging art I use a variety of things. Washi tape is one of them, but works better for single pieces of artwork on regular (lightweight) paper. I guess your bunting was too heavy for it. I also use scotch tape and masking tape — usually seems okay if I don’t leave it up too long. I use Scotch-brand reusable mounting putty, but it doesn’t always work that well. I have been known to hammer tiny nails into the wall to hang things (I don’t worry too much about damaging the walls myself and always figure I can fill in the holes with spackle later on if I want). I just bought some Scotch-brand reusable double-sided clear tabs but haven’t tried them yet. And I have been experimenting recently with Command-brand hooks and picture hanging strips (their claim is that they “hold strongly / remove cleanly) but so far have just put them up; haven’t taken them down. Good luck!

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    January 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    My girls have loved the water color projects. We were doing a few yesterday, closer to the starry night cards. We had the idea of using letter stickers (if I can find them) but I like the idea of the tape. Do you find some stickers or tape does not come off as well? Any tricks for taking off? Dry better than wet? The washi tape here came off really well. Some of our stickers have come off in pieces or hardly at all. All in all they’re happy with them and love the process, but just thought I’d check. Thanks for all your ideas!!!

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    January 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    This looks beautiful! You really do have the best ideas! I shall definately be trying this in the morning with my girls. Thank you for the inspiration! and Happy new year!

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