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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:
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.
- 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
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.
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.
Seriously, we had so much fun!
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.
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.
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.
Once the paint dries, the giant mess is cleaned up, and you’re feeling better you can continue!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!