Whether you need wall decorations to embellish a theme party, an elementary school classroom or a child's bedroom, use inexpensive construction paper to make colorful, creative accents. Buy the paper in bulk at a teacher supply, craft or dollar store and use a simple trace, cut and embellish technique to assemble decorations ranging from subtle borders to attention-grabbing murals. Design the wall hangings to coordinate with the room colors, a current study theme or your child's favorite book, holiday or shapes.
Things You'll Need
- Paper trimmer
- Construction paper
- Temporary adhesive
- Letter stencils
- Double-stick tape
- Letter stickers
- Self-adhesive foam shapes
- Craft foam or cardboard
- Glitter glue
- Paper flowers
- Plastic gems
- Hand-held hole punch
- Adhesive dots
- Themed clip art
Make simple text borders to adorn a classroom to help kids recognize, read and recite the alphabet or numbers. Use a paper trimmer to cut enough 6-inch-high strips of construction paper to stretch across a wall and affix them with temporary adhesive, overlapping the ends so it looks like one continuous piece. Use alphabet stencils and a pencil to trace letters onto different shades of cardstock, cut them out with sharp scissors and affix them to the border with double-stick tape.
Design handmade construction paper banners for sports-themed parties or a game room wall by cutting an 11-by-17-inch piece of paper into a long triangle---make a pencil mark halfway across one 11-inch side and cut diagonally from each corner on the opposite 11-inch side to the pencil mark. Embellish the banner with letter stickers, self-adhesive foam shapes and marker drawings. Hang the banners on a wall with temporary adhesive.
Create a personalized name or monogram accent to adorn a bedroom wall by tracing 6-inch-tall letter stencils onto construction paper that coordinates with the room decor. Affix the construction paper to a sheet of craft foam or cardboard with double-stick tape and use sharp scissors to cut the letters out. Decorate the letters with glitter glue and paper flowers, buttons or plastic gems affixed with adhesive dots. Use a hand-held hole punch to make a hole at the top of each letter, push a 6-inch-long piece of ribbon through the hole, tie the ends in a knot and hang the letters on decorative coat hooks.
Produce a themed wall decoration for a party by enlarging a clip art image to the desired size and tracing it onto construction paper in the proper colors. When you need a starry sky mural for a baby shower, for example, trace images of clouds, stars and a crescent moon onto construction paper. Cut the shapes with scissors, add details to the images with markers and slightly overlap the pieces for added dimension when you affix them to the wall with temporary adhesive.
Tips & Warnings
- If you don't have the desired shade of construction paper available to create a wall embellishment, use cardstock, decorative paper or wrapping paper instead.
- When you know you'll want to reuse the construction paper wall decorations more than once, such as displaying a construction paper turkey and cornucopia each Thanksgiving, have the completed pieces laminated at a teacher supply store or copy center for added durability.
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