Friday, June 18, 2010

How to hang Dad's head on a string.

If any of you out there are looking for an easy Father's Day's the details on the "Daddy garland" we did this week for Mike's birthday. This project was done with four kids, ranging in age from 4 to 7...VERY do-able for young ones. Plus, I tend to like the "Daddys" that have three eyes and a little bit of impressionism to them...

I bought a huge pack of Manila paper at Hobby Lobby (only used about 8 sheets). Then I cut out blank heads, and honestly, I just free-handed it. All of you who claim you can't draw...I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT! We are talking about a circle with two bumps on the sides for ears, you CAN do this!!

I cut out 40 or so. We had LOTS left over, as one garland used 6-8 heads.

Next, have your kids go crazy drawing "daddy's" face. I also got some construction paper out so that my kids could put hair on dad's head. I think having some with construction paper hair, and some with drawn-in marker hair gives the whole thing a little more texture and variety. And I am all about texture and variety.

Next step: I used our cereal bowls and traced large circles on to various patterned and solid color paper (purchased in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby). I could only fit two circles on to a 12x12 sheet of paper, so I bought quite a few to give myself some variety. If you are a saver, you'll have lots of big scraps left over...this is not the most efficient part of the project.

After I cut the circles, I hot glued the faces to them...I could have let the kids glue them with plain ol' Elmers, but I was awake late one night and just decided to get it done. Consider it an option for saving time. Also, you'll notice in the photo above that my hole puncher has gone missing (argh) I used a scissors and cut a small hole at the top to attach it to the garland ribbon. A hole puncher would make it look prettier, BUT no one died because I cut a jagged, messy hole. Phew.

At the end of the day, we had LOTS of Daddy I took some of those paper scraps and used them as backgrounds, and framed a few as art. They looked great on the table and tied the whole "theme" together.

To make the garland, I measured out a length of grosgrain ribbon that I thought would look good hanging from our mantle. Then I cut smaller lengths (approx. 6 inches), which I slipped through the hole in each Daddy circle, and knotted them at intervals on the longer garland ribbon. I didn't measure the spaces in between the circles, because I like a more chaotic/messy look--I feel that most closely resembles our REAL life. At least that's what I tell myself.

In addition to the circles with the Daddy faces, I also cut smaller circles, and glue gunned them in between each circle with a daddy face. For the smaller circles, I cut TWO, and sandwiched the garland ribbon in between with glue. Make sense?

I also think this garland would look all kinds of awesome if you took more smaller ribbon lengths and tied them randomly on the garland ribbon. Fabric scraps would blow my mind. Fuller and messier. Like life...or maybe, like Dad?

In any case, I hope you have a great Father's Day weekend...doing whatever it is that Dad likes to do! Happy Father's Day, to all the proud pops out there!!


becky said...

i love those. so cute. my girls would have a blast doing this.

Livin' the Yeh Life! said...

SO adorable!!!

Darcy said...

Seriously. This is just about the cutest Dad decoration I have ever seen. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing!