This post is for letter “W” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.
DIY Washi Tape Holiday Gifts
Christmas may be weeks away but if you are making your own gifts..the time is really short. This year our little ones are making gifts for their aunts and uncles using washi tape.
I love all the different designs that are available. Seriously, if you have not started creating things with washi tape; you are in for a huge surprise.
For those on our list that are still homeschooling, we are making a way to help keep up with the pencils. We did this at our coop because the children had a hard time keeping up with their own pencils and crayons. This quick little craft puts a stop to not knowing which pencil is yours. I know.. anything to keep the chaos at bay!
Washi Tape Covered Pencils
Pencils – plain #2 pencils natural finish work the best but you can use the large pencils if needed for younger ones
Washi Tape – your choice of design and color but I suggest a different design and color for each person
- If you are using the regular #2 pencil, depending of the width and pattern of your washi tape, unroll and start wrapping the pencil just under the metal cap under the eraser.
- If the pattern is diagonal, you can wrap the washi tape around the pencil overlapping the edges as you move down the length towards the tip.
- If the pencil is wider than your washi tape, cover one side and then match design up on the other side overlapping the edges. You may have to adjust where you start on the end of the tape to match the design with the other side.
- Press down along the length of the pencil to secure the washi tape to both the pencil and to the overlapped tape if that was required in order to completely cover the pencil.
Another easy gift to make with washi tape is a personalized jumbo clothes pin. These pins can be used to hold papers together on your desk or notes on the refrigerator.
Washi Tape Covered Jumbo Clothes Pins
Several jumbo clothes pins
Washi tape – any choice of color or design
- Start the beginning of the tape inside the clothes pin and continue around along the outside and over the edge, back towards the metal spring inside.
- Repeat on the other side of the pin so both sides are covered.
- Optional: Glue a magnet on one side if you plan on hanging these pins on the refrigerator.
Both of these are quick and easy gift ideas that are special and yet something that your little ones can do with very little help.
Gifts are about the joy of giving. These have been a lot of fun to watch the little ones make and mostly on their own.
Do you have washi crafts that your little ones like to make for others? Share them below, we would love to see your ideas.
Katrina Weghorn is a homeschooling mom of one and a partner at The Homeschool Village where she shares tips, reviews and organizational help for homeschooling families. The Homeschool Village is a contributor site that main focus is on helping homeschooling families help each other through sharing of ideas.
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