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Make a Happy New Year Banner with Tape Resist

by Jean Van't Hul
January 2, 2014
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.)

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