The summer barbecue season is always a great time to get friends and family together outside in the warm sunshine. Whether you’re attending a Memorial Day Barbeque, Fourth of July bash, or summer picnic you can have a great time creating a large scale art decoration. Find tips and tricks to create a large hand-print flag that can be saved, added to and displayed for years to come! Look back and see who was at the bash based on their hand-prints and watch the little ones grow as you compare their prints year after year.
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- 2 yards of off-white fabric
- Red, white and blue tempera paint
- Paper Plates
- Sponge brushes
- Paper plates
- Painter’s tape
- Paper Towels
- Hand wipes
- Optional: Grommets and grommet tool
Before the party, use a grommet tool to insert two grommets at the top corners of the fabric. This will help when it comes to hanging the sheet once complete.
As this will probably be an unmanned station, use painter’s tape to designate the different color sections of the fabric so everyone knows what color goes where.
If possible, get your immediate family members to create the first print in each of these sections so others can follow along.
On party day, set up a station to include all the supplies guests will need to create this fun group art project. Dress it up with a fun free printable sign to provide direction.
Use paper plates as surfaces for the different colors of paint needed. Add sponge brushes nearby so they can paint their hand before pressing it onto the canvas.
Place newspaper or cardboard under the flag surface in case there’s any bleeding through the fabric.
If your fabric is really big, fold the bottom half underneath and allow people to add their handprints in the top sections first.
Include paper towels and wet wipes at your painting station so people can easily clean up.
Tip: If desired, include Sharpie markers so guests can add their name or initials to their prints for an additional memory keeping step!
Encourage a group photo with your finished banner to capture the memory of all those hands that had a part or use it as a backdrop for your very own photo booth.
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