Colourful Twirly-whirlies, made from old street banners, make a dizzying decoration for a party or a play area.
- You’ll need two street banners to make your Twirly-whirly. Remember, these banners are designed to be used outside on flagpoles, so they have a sturdy construction with a thick sewn edge. Before you begin your Twirly-whirly, cut the edges off both banners, on all four sides.
- Make a series of cuts across the shorter edge of each banner. They should each be 5cm long, and spaced about 5cm apart. Using those cuts as a starting point, rip the fabric into strips down the length of each banner. Don’t worry if your strips are a little uneven. Set the strips aside, taking care to avoid tangles.
- Take a hoop made of wood or wire and wind one or two fabric strips around it to cover it completely. Repeat with a second hoop. Set the hoops aside.
- Now, take four long strips and knot them firmly at the top. Hang the knotted end from something like a clothes line or a tree branch, then use the strips to tie the first hoop in place, as shown, and then the second hoop below.
- Tie the remaining strips to the lower hoop, mixing or matching colours as you please. We recommend using a lark’s head knot.
- Once all the strips are in place, hang the Twirly-whirly in its final location – and enjoy!