DIY fall festival banners don’t get much cheaper than this. You just need rolls of paper, thick black marker, and lots of crayons. Oh, and lots and lots of kids to color.
These banners are proof that you don’t have to have fancy supplies to make your event, or classroom, or even your home, full of colorful hand drawn art. It turns out the lowly crayon can make some pretty good looking decorations, without a lot of time or expense. You just need a bit of patience and a lot of elbow grease.
- How to Draw a Giant Ear of Corn PDF
- Large roll of paper, about 20″ wide
- Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip*
Prep: Cut long strips of paper from a roll, about 6′ long. Draw large ears of corn and large fall symbols in pencil to fill each banner. For the corn, draw the outside corn cob first, then a grid inside of horizontal and vertical lines. The rounded kernels are added inside each square. Lastly, draw the skinny husks. If you can, try to make the husks all a little different so they look more hand drawn.
- Students trace the lines with the Sharpie marker.
- Fill the space between the ears of corn, the solid black color makes a good contrast to the crayon.
- Students color away, using lots of warm colors for the kernels and pumpkin, and cool grass and sky for the background. These banners took about two consecutive 45 minute classes to color, before everything was sufficiently filled in.