Family Olympics and Three Easy Bandana Projects

Family Olympics and Three Easy Bandana Projects



This post is sponsored by Elmer’s.

Bandana Table Runner Project

Yesterday was our first annual Family Olympic Day.  As in we decided it was annual after we finished.

Pictures to come.

We each chose an event and planned it and there was a score sheet and points and running and challenging and heavy competition.

I won the flower drawing heat and finished last in the weed pulling event.

It was a day full of sunshine and joy and fun and six people drenched from water balloons.

And we topped off the day with a cook-out and smores over the fire and a table decorated with bandanas.


I had a mini-competition of my own.

How to decorate a table for the after-Olympics party using only bandanas.

At the risk of stating the obvious…..

….I won the gold medal.

bandana spectacular project

I created three projects for the display out of 10 $1.00 bandanas.

These hanging bandana party decor.

Bandana chair covers.

And a bandana table runner.

Fourth of July Table

They are all easy projects that can be made in an afternoon.

Want to bandana project with me?

Here’s how I made them.

Bandana Table Runner

Bandana Table Runner


four alternating bandanas

Elmer’s Fabric and Paper Glue

glue project

Step 1:  Iron bandanas

Step 2:  Place bandana seam side down on surface.

Step 3:  Apply craft bond glue to the edge

bandana runner

Step 4:  Glue second banana in an alternating color to the top of the glued bandana.

Step 5:  Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining three bandanas.

Step 6:  Let dry.

bandana spectacular

Hanging Party Bandanas


30 bandana squares cut into 6″ x 6″ pieces

Elmer’s Craft Bond hot glue

whiffle ball


bandana pieces

Step 1:  Cut bandanas into 6″ x 6″ squares.

tie twine around whiffle ball

Step 2:  Tie twine around the openings in the whiffle ball.

elmer's glue gun

glue bandana pieces

Step 3:  Scrunch and glue bandana pieces to whiffle ball.

bandana spectacular project

Step 4:  Keep adding bandana pieces until you completely cover the whiffle ball.

Step 5:  Hang from twine.

Fourth of July

Bandana Chair Covers





Step 1:  Iron bandana.

Step 2:  Tie bandana onto outside of chair with twine.

Step 3:  If your chair is smaller, you could simply tie the bandana onto the chair itself.

Family Olympic Day

It was a wonderful day.

Bandanas and Olympics and cookouts and smores and all.

We laughed and competed until we couldn’t compete any more….

….and at the end of the day we rested. 🙂

This post is sponsored by Elmer’s.

All opinions on Family Olympics and bandana projects are completely my own.

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  1. I am speechless…the good kind! First at the whiffle ball bandana hanging thingy…so cool…. and second, that you lost the weed pulling competition? Really? Can’t wait to see the pics! 😉

  2. Robin Stephens :

    Take your bows! Gold medal for sure! Love the decor! Completely and totally love it!

  3. LOVE the whiffke balls. When do you find out if you won the competition for your rescue?

  4. Love the whiffle ball hanging thingys…perfect for the 4th and family Olympics of course!

  5. Yvonne Shafer :

    On to Rio!!

  6. Leslie Watkins :

    Adorable!! And congrats on the gold medal! How fun!!!

  7. Oh I just love it! I love a “First Annual…” anything having to do with family. And the bandana decorations are soooo cute, especially the hanging party bandanas! They kind of feel like a nod to the 70s hanging disco balls, but that’s just me. I think I’m going to make them for my patio for 4th of July, party or no party. Oh wait! I can call it my “First Annual 4th of July Bandana Hanging Party.”

  8. I love all of this and kudos to you for your creativity and inspiration!

  9. Wow! What fun family memories you made AND you got the kids to weed pull and think it was fun! You, my dear, are a blonde genius!!

  10. This post is just chockful of amazing ideas! First off, I just sooooooo LOVE the idea of a Family Olympics Day and you were even clever enough to get some weeding done by making it seem like fun…that is one sleek Tom Sawyer-esque move right there, KariAnne! 🙂 I would’ve put some serious competition up for that weeding event…weeding is my life during the spring and summer around here. And your bandana decorations are sooooooooo stinkin’ adorable and clever…I love that they seem simple enough to create, too, which helps people like me…hehe! This all just goes to show that, not only are you a loving family with a strong bond, you are a fun family, too…the family that plays together, stays together!

  11. My SIL used bandanas for an open house celebration and they were so festive! And … inexpensive and they come in a bazillion different patterns and colors at Hobby Lobby. Love these ideas.

    Ha. I hate weeding. My husband and son like it–why deny them such joy in their lives???? 😉

  12. Love the whiffle ball thingys. Could use this same technique with colorful tissue paper too. I’m filing this idea for future use. Always lots of fun and inspiration from you! Thanks.

  13. Cindy Pierce :

    I love it!! Family Olympics Day…what a grand idea! And the all the bandana decorations are adorable!

  14. Janis Raines :

    Great ideas! Could you please list the other Olympic events. I’d like to do something similar with my 16 grandkids, ages 3-18.

  15. I think this could be the start of something HUGE!! I can see the annual event growing and growing. Pretty soon you’ll have people — kinda just dropping by so they can get in on the fun. And they’ll stay until you are starving and feel that you have to ask them to join. So, the following year after that you’ll have to just organize a picnic whereby everyone has to bring something. This is when you’ll get a ton of ice, lots of paper plates, napkins, cups, plastic dinnerware, dozens and dozens of hot dog and hamburger buns, a dozen bottles of catsup, two jars of mustard, two cans of pork and beans (unopened) and nothing else. You’ll be running your fingers through your cute hair do in frustration because there wasn’t enough food to feed a dog let alone the mass of people parked on your lawn. Your only recourse will be to make a public announcement that the annual Family Olympics will be held at an undisclosed site on and undisclosed date. Yep!! That’s the only solution and I love bandanas!! Have a wonderful day!!

  16. HI KariAnne,
    What a fun day you all must have had! I love family activities and they call me “the game queen” at church. I’m always up for something fun as it brings people closer together! I think I’ll use your idea of the whiffle balls for the next baby shower I’m in charge of… I’ll use pieces of lace or girl or boy fabrics to make the balls. It’s a very cute idea! Underneath that curly blonde hair of yours you have one over active, inspirational, and very clever ideas packed brain!
    Thanks for sharing your day with us… it was fun to hear about… :o)
    Blessings, Jeanne

  17. What a cute family and love the whiffle ball idea!! Saving in my Karianne Archives!

  18. It look already for the 4th – we are stealing your Olympics idea to do the afternoon of the 4th – fantastic idea and of course you won the drawing contest – hmm maybe the judge was biased.

  19. I like everything about this post

  20. What a great way to fill a summer day! A little good healthy family competition is always welcome. Love all of your ideas. Girl…you work in glue like some people work in pastels.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  21. super cute ideas. glad you had some family fun!

  22. It is an Olympic year, after all, and you well deserve your gold medal. A great table.

  23. Loved it all! Looking forward to the Olympics pictures!

  24. You are one clever woman!!! Thanks for sharing your amazing projects!!!!

  25. Donna Marie :

    Sneaky way to get the kids to pull weeds!!!

  26. So festive!! Love, love, love!! : )

  27. Aren’t bandannas fabulous! I have gone crazy over them too.
    Your projects are delightful and so is your yard and of course the family too!
    Happy Summer and wonderful to have you join us at TOHOT!!

  28. Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home.
    How much fun!
    I look forward to the photos-
    You continue to blow us away Karianne.
    What a treat!

  29. KariAnne, you are a genius! This looks utterly fabulous! Thanks for sharing this at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. A real treat! Mimi xxx

  30. They need you in Rio these are fantastic projects!

  31. I LOVE bandanas! You’ve really used them well. too. I grew up with bedspread and curtains made from red/blue bandanas by my Mom. It was a great compromise for a shared brother/sister room when we were little. I still love them today.

  32. I love the hanging ball decorations! What a great way to use bandana’s. In the past I have also folded them corner to corner to create a triangle and tied together to make a pennant banner for the front of my party table.