Gammy Is . . . A Celebration Banner.

Oh boy, its been a long time since my last post.  But, is breaking three bones in your hand a good excuse?  Everything takes longer AND hurts.  Even now, I hunt and peck with one hand . . .whew!

I wanted to share an easy, but sweet gift to make for someone you are celebrating in your life.  The idea originally stemmed from a blog tutorial I came across before I ever started blogging.  I have no idea where I found it, but if you recognize the basis of this project from somewhere else, please let me know so I can link to it.  That original post was done with fabric flags.  I wanted this version to be easy, as we had only markers and construction paper at our disposal.

In this project, you communicate in few words one special thing this person means to you.  In this case, it was my kids’ Aunt Gammy, who turned 75 this summer.  Gammy is . . . silly, beautiful, incredible, the grammar police, etc . . . Kids from age 2 to age 14 participated in this project.

Construction paper
Glue stick
Long piece of ribbon or string (long enough to hold all your flags spaced a few inches apart).
Creative kiddos
Someone to celebrate

1. Cut “flags” out of construction paper, approximately 5×8″, one for each child participating, and one extra for the front flag.
2. Fringe the bottom of each flag (either you do this or the child depending on their age and ability to handle scissors).
3. Fold approximately 1 1/2 ” of the top of the flag over (this will be glued over the ribbon or string).

4. Have children decorate each flag with one or a couple words that completes this sentence “GAMMY (name of person being celebrated) IS . . . ).  Use whatever you have to decorate: glitter, markers, stickers, paint, jewels, etc.
5.  Make the first flag the beginning of the sentence and then order the other flags from there (for example, oldest to youngest).

6. Have kids each glue their flag on the line by folding top flap over the ribbon and securing with a glue stick.
7.  Have a ceremony where the kids line up and share their word with the celebrated.

Here is the version my family did initially for their Pappy with embroidered fabric flags.

I think this project would be great for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, retirements, or for no particular reason at all.  Its sure to bring a few chuckles or tears. . . have fun with it!

Well, slow-going here due to my lame fingers.  I’m hoping for a speedy recovery.  Anyone know how to knit with one hand?

  1. Anonymous

    So sorry to hear about your hand. I did knit
    when I broke my right wrist several years ago
    much to the amusement of the surgeon–it was
    pretty good therapy. Feel better soon!
    Aunt Sharon

  2. ouch, you poor thing! sweet project, i love bunting in any form. arnica, arnica, arnica. maybe not finger knitting then. would crochet hurt? x

  3. Monica

    That sounds horribly painful! I hope you feel better soon. And this is a great idea, thanks for sharing.

  4. I love this idea, I reminds me of primary school, when we used to make a little book for our classmates birthdays, and each page had one thing about them that was special. A broken hand sounds so painful (and frustrating!) I hope you’re on the mend soon! xxx

  5. anne

    Thanks so much for your kind words, everyone. They are much appreciated.

  6. Anne, so sorry about your hand! I hope those bones heal very fast.

    My friends and I do a similar thing for mamas to be. We all write words of encouragement for labor. We punch two holes in the top of each sheet of pretty handmade paper and string them together with ribbon. I still have my “prayer flag” from my daughter’s birth!

  7. anne

    Eleanor Rae and Annik,
    Love both of those ideas. How sweet as a birthday celebration from classmates. Or, a great way to encourage and support those mamas!!

  8. Such a sweet project- I love any kind of bunting, but this is especially sweet! We did a similar something for my mther-in-law one year…I made a bunch of little flags on wooden sticks that we had people write their one or two words about Nanny, and then used them to decorate her cake. After the cake was gone we poked them in with a potted plant. It’s been a few weeks since you posted this…hopefully that means your hand is nearly mended?

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