Race Day Banner: Painting with Race Cars

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We are big race fans in this house. My husband loves recording them on our DVR so that he and our son can watch them together on Sunday mornings. This is actually one of my favorite things to watch: not just the race (although those are fun!), but also watching my guys. The younger one acts much older than three, and the older one turns into a much younger man. It must be something about the sound of the engines that just captivates them. 

With some big races coming up, I thought I’d have some fun with my son and paint some decorations. The best part? We didn’t use paint brushes, we used RACE CARS!!! This was so much fun, so messy, and it turned out so much better than I expected. Here’s how you can make a race day banner:

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Race Day Banner

The supply list for this is pretty simple.

  • Race Day Banner printables! I’ve made a blank flag template for you, along with a checkered flag. On one page you’ll find the letters for “RACE DAY,” or if you want your banner to say something else, I’ve also included the whole alphabet and all the numbers. I printed 3 checkered flags (one for each end, and one for between the words), 7 blank flags (one for each letter), and the RACE DAY letters. You can find them on the VIP Perks page!
  • Paper. I didn’t use card stock, but I did use heavier printer paper than normal. I’m afraid the really light stuff would disintegrate from the paint.
  • Scissors
  • Drop cloth. If you’re like me and forgot the plastic tablecloth at the store, just use a trash bag.
  • Paper plates. One for each paint color.
  • Washable paint. As many colors as you like. You can even coordinate them to match your driver’s colors!
  • Race cars. Again, one for each paint color.
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch. If you don’t have one, you can use scissors.
  • Ribbon or yarn

Race Day Banner | Supplies

Step 1

Prep everything. I did this while my son was supposed to be taking a nap. Print the flags and letters, cut them out. Spread out your drop cloth or trash bag. Add paint to each plate. Try to get your eye to stop twitching because your son is in his room yelling, “Can you hear me, Mommy? I’m all doooooooooooone!” Cross your fingers that his yelling and crashing cars doesn’t wake up his twin sisters who are actually napping.

Race Day Banner | Step 1: Set up everything.

Step 2

Paint! Make a huge mess! We had so much fun with this! Dip your car’s wheels into the paint, and drive over the blank flag. Repeat until all your flags are gorgeous with color. My original plan for this was to paint the letters using the cars, but that’s way too organized for this messy guy. Besides, I think this turned out much prettier.

Race Day Banner | Step 2: Paint! Have fun making a huge mess!

Seriously, we had so much fun!

Race Day Banner | Painting with race cars and making a huge mess.

Step 3

As each flag is finished, set it aside on another drop cloth/trash bag to dry. Drying times will vary depending on how much paint is on each flag. As you can see, some got a little more saturated than others.

Race Day Banner | Step 3: Set the painted flags to the side so they can dry. 


Now the “fun” part – cleaning up the paint. Toss the cars in the sink for a “car wash.” Chase down the boy with paint all over his hands because he ran off before he got cleaned up. Follow his recent footsteps, cleaning any paint smudges you might find off the floor and the walls. Thank the stars above that you used washable paint. Crawl on your hands and knees under the table to clean up the paint splatter from one of the cars taking a dive (don’t hit your head on the table while you’re under there). Make a cup of coffee (you deserve it!) and take some fast acting Advil Film-Coated to get rid of your aches and pains quickly.

Race Day Banner | Make a cup of coffee and take some Advil to get rid of your aches and pains!

I found this Advil at our local Walmart the last time we went on a family outing. Going through the store with three kids, two of which really didn’t want to be strapped into their stroller, will make anyone head down that aisle! Use fast acting Advil Film-Coated for headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, and aches and pains associated with the common cold. It works quickly for those headaches brought on by grocery shopping and for those aches and pains from cleaning up all that paint. It even helps with my sciatica pain.

Race Day Banner | Shopping at the store for Advil.

Once the paint dries, the giant mess is cleaned up, and you’re feeling better you can continue!

Step 4

Glue the letters on to the flags. Using the glue stick, smear the glue onto the back of the letter. Press the letter firmly to the flag.

Race Day Banner | Step 4: Glue the letters to the flags.

Step 5

Punch holes in the top corners of each flag. Use the hole punch, or if you don’t have one, you can use scissors to cut a small hole. 

Race Day Banner | Step 5: Punch holes in top corners of the flags. Step 6: Put the flags on the ribbon.

Step 6

Now it’s time to thread the ribbon through. I did not cut the ribbon until I had all of the flags strung on it. Starting at the beginning of the banner, put the ribbon in the flag by going down in the left hole and up through the right. This way the ribbon doesn’t cover up the pretty art going across the top of the flag. Just keep scooting them down the ribbon until you get the last flag on. Space them about an inch apart.

Step 7

Leaving about a foot of ribbon on each end, cut the banner from the spool. Tie some slip knots in the ends to make hanging it up easy.

Race Day Banner | Step 7: Space out the flags, cut the ends of the ribbon and tie them with slip knots.

Step 8

Hang up your banner! Use whatever you usually use to attach it to the wall. I just used push pins – that wall is so textured you’ll never be able to see a tiny hole in it once that banner comes down.

Race Day Banner | Step 8: Hang up your banner!

Now your house is nice and decorated just in time for the Duck Commander 500 on April 9th! Look for Ty Dillon driving the #33 Nexium car in this race, and later in the year he’ll be driving the car sponsored by Advil. To check out Ty Dillon’s Nexium car, click here and go to page 59. Also, you won’t want to miss these fantastic coupons for Advil Film-Coated!

Will you be watching the race on April 9th? Have you ever painted with race cars? Tell me below in the comments!

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  1. Girl you are so funny! I love your comment about your eye twitching while your son is yelling instead of napping! I can so relate! LOL
    All funnies aside this craft is awesome!! My son would die if I let him paint with cars! Such a fun, creative, messy idea! And yes, advil is probably much needed afterwards! 😉
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    • Thanks, Erin! I’m afraid my days of him actually napping are done, but at least he still goes to his room and plays, mostly quiet. When you do this, don’t forget the car wash! My son was very concerned about the cars getting clean! lol And seriously, washable paint!!! 🙂

  2. This is an amazing craft idea! I’m totally filing this away to try with my son in a year or so.
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  3. So fun! They look great!! And I love the advil commentary 😉

  4. This is such a great craft that I’m sureboth my son and daughter would love to partake in. I use advil all the time for my aches and pains… Thanks for the coupon!

  5. such a fun idea…I bet this would actually make my 4 year old want to do crafts with me!
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  6. I love this fun race-day banner project! Making homemade decorations are special and festive. This very same project would also be perfect for creating sweet Mother’s Day decorations. And you know what? I’ve been meaning to pick up some Advil for my husband. I had forgotten all about it until your post just reminded me of this very important thing I need to do! I’ll pick up a bottle of Advil Film-Coated so he can give it a try. Thanks so much. 🙂

    • Thanks, Denay! I was thinking the same thing about the banner – it’s so versatile. I’m already thinking of how to change it up for my kids’ birthdays. 🙂 And I’m glad I reminded you to pick up some Advil!

  7. This is such a cute craft project and I know my son will love it. Thanks for the fun idea!

  8. I LOVE this! Every part about it. My boys are obsessed with cars and trains, so a painting with cars would be the best. The banner turned out super cute, and I would definitely need the Advil (and wine) after we finished. 🙂
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  9. I love how these turned out! I’m going to try this activity with my kids.
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  10. This is such a fun idea, and I love how the banner turned out- so pretty!

  11. What a great idea! I love you have custom race day decorations and the kiddos were able to get involved with the process! #client

  12. Such a fun diy that kids can help with toi

  13. Love this craft idea! My kids will definitely love this since they love to paint and make a mess. The banner came out great by the way!

  14. This turned out so cute.. and how fun that the kids got involved!

  15. Love this. What a great idea!
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  16. Oh my gosh! My grandson is going to love this! We’re definitely doing it in a couple weeks when he’s here. I’m hoping it’ll be nice so we can do it outside!

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