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Yarn Wrapped Rainbow Printed Bunting

The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:

source: Kristina Buskirk

I love to decorate for all types of holidays. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a big holiday for us, but I love focusing on rainbows and shamrocks during March and coming up with simple ways that we can spruce up our house and make it festive. Right now we are going through a remodel and our place is a disaster, so having some colorful decor makes me feel happy and a little bit less stressed out.

For Valentine’s Day, we made a Sparkly Heart Banner that was simple and loads of fun to create. For St. Patrick’s Day we decided to try out a different painting technique and practice our color mixing skills while we made a Yarn Wrapped Rainbow Printed Bunting project.


  • washable paint (we used red, blue, yellow, and purple and created the other colors of the rainbow by mixing)
  • small pieces of cardboard
  • tape
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • white cardstock
source: Kristina Buskirk


We started off the project by wrapping some yarn around a few small pieces of cardboard and taping the ends of the yarn to the back.

Then, we grabbed our yarn wrapped cardboard and some paint and started printing onto our white cardstock. We started with red and then moved through and printed using all of the other colors of the rainbow. We used red and yellow to make orange and yellow and blue to make green.

After our papers were covered in rainbow prints, we let them dry. While your paintings are drying you could read your favorite book about color mixing and creating. We currently love Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. I am now kicking myself that we didn’t think to go read it!

The last few steps are jobs for parents or older kids who are proficient with cutting and taping. Once the paper is dry, cut each sheet into triangles. I was able to cut three same-sized triangles from each piece of cardstock.

Next, I folded over the tops of the pennants and taped them to some colorful yarn. Then, I hung the bunting in a spot where I could see it often. I love it because it makes me smile!

source: Kristina Buskirk

Do you decorate for holidays? Have you ever tried yarn wrapped printing? Do you have any favorite books about color mixing and creating?


Kristina is a mom of 3 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.