Kids' Mixed Media Banner

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
finished garland banner over mantel

As a child, I remember loving art projects, but I also remember often being frustrated with them. Many times, my expectations and my skill level didn't match!

With that in mind, I wanted to create a project for kids that was easy enough that they could make it on their own yet left them with a feeling of pride that they had made something that could have been made by an adult.

To make this garland, I first cut 3 sheets of 12 x 12 inch cream colored cardstock into 12 x 6 inch pieces and fold 5 of them in half.


Photo of paper trimmer with cardstock


To cut the circular opening, I centered the cardstock strip over the medium cutting plate and then centered the die, upside down, over the cardstock and ran it all through the Fuse Creativity System®.


Fuse die upside down on Fuse


Next, I placed 5.75 x 5.75 inch pieces of patterned paper inside the folded sections of cardstock and ran a long length of twine through each of the sections placing it near the fold. After adjusting the panels to have an equal amount of space between them, I tore 1 inch wide strips of fabric and tied them to the twine between the panels.


Decorating banner panels with patterned paper and strips of fabric


A set of stamps and black ink were used on white cardstock and then cut out using a pair of Fiskars scissors.


White cardstock after being stamped


A 1.75 inch x 5.75 inch strip of green patterned paper was added to the bottom inside of each panel to appear as grass and the cutout stamped images were adhered. I then applied adhesive around the perimeter of the panels and sealed them closed.


One garland panel with embellishments being added


The panels and fabric strips were adjusted as needed.

This is a project that I would have been thrilled to have made as a child because it combines several mediums, several techniques, and can really stand out as a decor piece in a home, yet it wasn't overwhelming and was easily completed in one art session!


Close up photo of one completed garland panel



finished garland banner over mantel


Supply List

Three 12 x 12 inch sheets of cardstock, white cardstock, stamping ink, stamp set, variety of patterned papers, fabric scraps for tearing into strips