Growing up I had a slight sticker obsession. I loved walking through the sticker aisle in Michael’s and collecting cute ones to keep in my desk for emergency decorative needs, and I stuck my favorites to my notebooks, folders and journal. Now that I’m in my mid-20’s, my love for stickers is still going strong (I have quite the collection that I use to embellish greetings cards and envelopes, etc.) but I’ve also discovered a more grown-up way to decorate items that is just as fun… washi tape!! It’s basically colorful, decorative tape that is made out of paper and usually covered in beautiful prints and patterns. I’ve had a few rolls of washi tape on my crafting table for a while now that I use to add a little flair to certain projects, but I wanted to learn more.
So, when I saw that my local Paper Source store was hosting a Washi Tape Card Making workshop on a recent Saturday, I signed myself up. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that Paper Source is one of my favorite places to visit for inspiration. If you don’t have a physical store near you, you have to check out their website. They sell the cutest gifts, cards, and paper craft materials ever!
Anyways, I’m going off topic…. so, the workshop only cost me about $30 and it included all of the supplies I needed for the class, plus a 15% off coupon to the store. It was on a Saturday morning from 11:00am to 1:00pm, which was the perfect time – not so early that I couldn’t sleep in and not so late that it ate up my whole day. I was a little apprehensive about attending the class by myself at first (shy girl problems), but it turned out to be a small group of about seven women and everyone was so kind and supportive and fun to craft with! The teacher was amazing as well and let us work creatively on our own, but stepped in for guidance when we needed it.
Check out some of the things I made with washi tape below:
To make this card, I first taped a paper circle to the top of the card, not quite in the center. Then I covered a large square of green paper with different washi tapes. I put them on a diagonal, but you could really do it any way you want. Then I used a punch shaped like a leaf to cut the paper square, creating a patterned leaf. I attached the leaf on top of the circle using 3D glue dots, to give it a raised effect. Then I added a small banner to the bottom (paper layered over strips of washi tape) to add a place where I can write a message. To finish, I used two alternating washi tapes to line the envelope.
This card was probably the simplest to make, but it ended up being my favorite! I just cut a square out of a pretty scrapbooking paper, glued it to the card, and gave it a washi tape border. You could put the border on all four sides of the paper square, but I liked the way it looked with just the top and bottom. Then I stamped a message at the bottom and embossed it with gold embossing powder. The envelope is just lined with paper! So simple and sweet!
This card didn't turn out perfectly, but I still love it! I just think that lemon washi tape is so cute!! So basically for this I just attached a bunch of strips of tape to the card and cut them at an angle, leaving half of the card blank. Then I added a stamp to the blank side and embossed with gold powder.
This card was tricky to make but it turned out super fun! I cut two pieces of twine to fit across the front of the card. Then I selected a bunch of different washi tapes to use as flags. For each flag, I wrapped a piece of washi tape around the twine, stuck the backs together, then cut and trimmed to look like a little flag. Once all the flags were attached, I stuck each end of the twine to the card with glue dots. To finish, I stamped a message at the bottom and embossed with pink powder.
The last item we made was a little envelope to store our handmade cards in. I used a large piece of cardstock (I think the cardstock was specifically made for this purpose) and added a bunch of washi tapes to the front flap. So simple! Once you fill it with your cards, you can tie it shut with a piece of twine. Voila!
I have been drooling over a bunch of beautiful yarn wall hangings I’ve seen on Pinterest for months, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own! I made this large wall hanging for our bedroom and I’m so happy with how it turned out! It was a fun craft to make because there aren’t really any rules. I didn’t follow any set instructions and I didn’t try to make it look perfect. I just got creative and made it up as I went along.
All you will need to make your own is an assortment of yarns (I went crazy in the knitting section of Michael’s and chose seven), a wooden dowel (I used a pretty long one, but to start out you could use a short dowel and make a mini wall hanging), twine, and scissors. That’s it! I started by tying twine in a knot on both sides of the dowel to create the “hanger.” Then I started at one end of the dowel and worked my way down, looping yarn around and pulling it tight. To add some texture I knotted one section and braided another. The rest I left pretty simple. In keeping with the “boho” aspect of this craft, I didn’t spend a ton of time measuring out the yarn. I wanted it to look somewhat uniform but also natural and imperfect. I love the way this looks on our wall and I’m so happy I went for it and made one! It was actually super relaxing to work on each night before bed while watching tv. If you end up trying this I would love to see photos! Happy crafting!
<3 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY <3
Valentine's Day... love it or hate it (or think that it's cheesy), it's still a nice day to show the people around you how much you appreciate them - and a great excuse to eat chocolates. I combined both with this super simple V-Day craft! These little candy-filled treats are quick to put together and will be the perfect sweet surprise to give to your family, friends, coworkers, and significant other. Check out how I made them below, and keep spreading the love!! XOXO
Supplies You'll Need:
-Small take-out style boxes (I found them at Michael's)
-A heart shaped stamp and an XOXO stamp (I found mine at PaperSource)
-a red stamp pad
-red and pink string (I found mine at PaperSource)
-kraft paper blank gift tags
-candy (I used Valentine colored kisses, m&m's, and peppermint patties)
1) Carefully stamp hearts all over your take-out boxes. Note: to stabilize the boxes I placed my hand inside while stamping.
2. Once your boxes are covered, set them aside and let them dry.
3. While your boxes dry, decorate the gift tags with your XOXO stamp (or any other stamp you'd like) on one side and a personal Valentine message on the other. I wrote, "Sweetest wishes for a Happy Valentine's Day!"
4) Fill up each box with an assortment of candy and then close them up!
5) Use the colored string to attach the gift tags to the handles of each box (I cut equal lengths of both colors, red and pink, and used them to tie up the tags).
6) All done! Now share them with the people you love :)
We had a lot of blank wall space over our bed and recently I was trying to think of something easy to hang (we rent so we prefer not to drill holes in the walls) that would spruce up the space. I came up with this super simple DIY and we are so happy with how it turned out. You could really use any word you want - we chose "rest" because that's kind of what our bed is, a restful place to end each day (or to spend a day - depending how cold it is on the weekends). I added a strand of wire LED lights after I took down our Christmas tree because I wanted to keep the pretty, glowing effect somewhere in our apartment. Check out how to make this DIY below. If you give it a try, let me know what word or phrase you use in the comments below. Happy crafting!
Supplies You'll Need:
-Wooden Letters (I found mine at Target)
-Paint color of your choice (I used a dark blue/grey)
-Newspaper or Paper Towels (to cover work surface)
-3M Command Strips (to hang on wall)
-LED wire string lights (optional)
1) After covering your workspace, use the foam brush to cover letters (front and sides but no need to worry about the backside) with paint. Let dry and repeat with a second coat.
2) Once the letters have completely dried, use a sheet of sandpaper to gently distress the edges by rubbing off some of the paint. I didn't distress the entire edge of each letter - just small patches throughout to give it a naturally weathered look.
3) Now your beautifully distressed letters are ready to be hung! We centered ours over our bed and used 3M Command Strips to hang since we can't put holes in our walls. Drape with string lights if you want some extra sparkle! Now it's time to rest ;).
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is sending and receiving Christmas cards! It seems like most of the time our mailboxes are full of bills and junk mail, so it's fun to get something personal and festive this time of year. As a kid, I always loved looking through all of the cards my parents would get in the mail. I especially loved the cards that were handmade and unique. I was getting cabin fever on a recent wintery Sunday, so I decided to get creative and make handmade cards to send to a few of our friends and family. I created these christmas tree cards using just a few supplies - so simple! Check out how I made them below:
SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED:
-craft paper cardstock (I used size 5.5"x7.5")
-one large sheet of green paper (I used one that was lightly textured)
-one small sheet of dark brown paper
-decorative brads (found in the scrapbooking aisles, I used these stars)
-decorative sheets of paper in the colors and designs of your choosing
-foam adhesive circles
-a holiday stamp and stamp pad
-washi tape in holiday colors
1. Fold cardstock in half to create a card.
2. Cut a piece of decorative paper (I did mine slightly smaller than the actual card to create a border) and attach to the card front with glue dots.
3. Cut three small triangle shapes out of the green paper (make sure the size is small enough to fit three of them comfortably across the card).
4. Cut three small rectangles out of the brown paper and attach with glue dots to the back of the green triangle "trees" so that just the bottom sticks out as the "trunk."
5. Decorate each tree with the star brads (I used a pushpin to poke small holes in the paper before inserting the brads to avoid wrinkling the paper).
6. Attach the finished trees to the front of the card with the adhesive foam circles (the circles give a "3D" effect).
7. Decorate the inside of the card with your holiday stamp! Let dry.
8. While the card is drying, decorate the envelope by adding a washi tape border.
9. Fill the card with a holiday message and you're ready to pop in the mail (don't forget the stamp ;) ). Merry Christmas!!
How is it already November?! This fall has flown by but I'm so excited for November because that means it's almost my favorite holiday... Thanksgiving!! I can't wait to visit my family, relax and eat delicious food. I was daydreaming during that afternoon slump at work last week and came up with this simple craft that captures the spirit of the season. One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the reminder to be thankful for all that we have. I created this Thankfulness Cork Board over the weekend as a way to display what we are thankful for. It's a simple, seasonal decoration that can be left out in your home all month long. It would even be great to display at a Thanksgiving dinner. Just place a pad of paper, some pens and pencils, and a mini mason jar full of pushpins next to the board. Then invite your guests or family members to jot down something they feel thankful for and place it on the board. Check out how to make this super simple craft below:
Supplies You'll Need:
-A square cork board (I used THIS one from Target)
-Alphabet Stencils ( I used THESE)
-Paint (I used a dark brown shade)
-A foam brush
-Paper and pencils
1) Carefully arrange the stencils spelling the word 'thankful' at the very top of the cork board. Make sure that the tops of the stencils are at the very edge of the board so that the word looks even. Then tape down the stencils so that they stay put as you complete the next step.
2) Using a foam brush, brush a layer of paint evenly over the stencils, being careful the stencils do not move or pull up off of the board. If needed, go over with a second coat (I only used one coat). Let dry.
3) After the paint has completely dried, carefully remove the taped down stencils.
4) All done! So simple and easy - this project took me about 40 minutes to complete - and the materials only cost about $20. Now it's time to arrange the thankfulness board in your home!
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 27 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.