Washi tape DIY

In the last months my Washi tape collection grew larger, and I realized it was time to start using Washi tapes more often. A logical first step was to organize them by colour as it makes it easier to see what I have, and it also keeps me away from buying the same or similar tapes. The picture was taken before adding more Christmas-style Washi tapes to the collection, otherwise the box is full.

They come in different sizes and colours.  Believe it or not, they can be very useful. I found a lot of ideas on Pinterest which is also where I discovered Washi tapes. Here’s my Washi DIY list of already done projects.
– birthday cards

– Christmas cards

– gift wrapping decorations

– gift name tags

– decorating tea light candles

I still haven’t try all my ideas on using Washi tapes, and I will add them to this list once I try them. If you’re still in doubts whether or not to try them, there’s a reason why they’re so popular – they’re super usefull.

Onion-painted Easter eggs

As part of my plan to expend the recipe repertoire, I made my first Easter eggs. Considering I haven’t ate an Easter egg for more than a decade, this was a huge change. My mum always made too many Easter egss, and we were stuck eating them for more than a week each year. At some point I completely stopped eating boiled eggs altogether. Recently, I occasionaly boil an egg for a salad, and decided it’s time to make some for Easter.I don’t remember making Easter eggs when I was younger, so despite this being ‘a family recipe’, it was my first time. And of course, not all went according to plan. I peeled onions and first soaked the onion peels in cold water. During the soaking, I prepared the eggs. I didn’t have any small flowers at hand, so I used larger leaves of one of my (unfortunately dying) plants to make initials of family members. The trick is to add a plant leaf or a flower directly on the eggs shell, and then tightly cover it with a small piece of pantyhose. When the eggs are decorated, you just need to boil them for 10-15 minutes, and they’re done. As you can see on the photos, the water colour changed during those 15 minutes to reddish brown. Unfortunately, the leaves I used for decorating the eggs were not tightly enough covered with pantyhose piece, and only one egg got a readable initial on.

Santa Shoebox Project

I’ve been kept busy this last month, but now as the year is coming to an end, it seems I still have a few extra minutes for myself. The most important thing that was keeping me busy (apart from my baby boy, of course), was the Santa Shoebox Project.

I heard about it last year, but I was too late to join. This year I kept track and joined early to make a child somewhere in our country happy. If you’re not familiar with the Santa Shoebox Project, here’s some basic info about it. The basic idea is simple, just fill an old shoe box with gifts and treats for a child of a known age, location and name. The project runs in Slovenia for the fourth year under the name of Božiček za en dan, which translates to Santa for a day. The Slovenian project doesn’t run just locally, but expanded across borders to the south, specifically it covered regions devastated by floods.

The special part of the project is that you actually get to pick a child from the list, and buy the gifts for the specific child, namely to match their age and needs. I choose a boy of 3 years, named Jakob, the same as my baby boy. I felt a bit bad afterwards, as the list was very long, and then somehow I felt the older children (up to 18) get picked last, and when I mentioned this to my boyfriend, he immediately volunteered to join. In the end, we prepared two shoeboxes together, one of the 3 year old boy, the other one for a 16 year old girl.

The rules to fill the box are simple. First, find an empty shoebox, second, decorate it, third, fill it in, and forth, drop it off at the pick up center. I’m not very skilled at decorating boxes, but I’m hoping to get better next year. This is how it turned out in the end.Santa Shoebox Project_12

I used wrapping paper, Washi tapes, and plain elastic bands for the boxes. The insides of the boxes were covered with the paper, as well, but it turned out it wasn’t as easy as I thought initially. I’m hoping the recipients won’t’ mind that.

Santa Shoebox Project_02

This was actually the second time I used Washi tapes for decoration, and I admit they’re great. I like them so much, I even added a set of 4 in the girls’ box so she can do some decorating on here own. The colorful thin tapes create a nice contrast to the bright stars.

Santa Shoebox Project_01

I painted the elastic band for one of the boxes with a permanent marker. It looks nice, but I should have dried it first, as it left some marks on the white paper background.

Santa Shoebox Project_04.jpg

Additionally, I made a bookmark for the girl using washi tapes. I used a set of three bluish tapes, two with flowers, and one with polka dot design. I used a promotional bookmark, covered it first with white paper, and then with washi. These washi were fabric, and some of the prints of the bookmark were visible if I didn’t cover it with paper first. All in all, this bookmark was finished pretty quickly, and it’s one of a kind.

Since it’s almost December, I’m wishing you all to have a great time during this festive month! Enjoy it and share the joy with friends and family, and if you can surprise someone special!

DIY Washi Tape ideas

I bought my first set of 4 Washi tapes couple days ago, and I’m loving it. I discovered them on Pinterest (as many other interesting things), and decided to give it a try. I’m not the most handy person, so I wasn’t sure if they’d survive my DIY skills.

Washi tapes
Washi tapes

My first very mini DIY Washi project was to decorate a tea light. I got the idea for this from the Something Turquoise blog. It’s actually a really simple way to upgrade the simple tea lights and bring them to a higher level. I only decorated one tea light, but I’m waiting for my order to arrive (yes, I ordered more Washi on Ebay).

Washi tape decorated tea light
Washi tape decorated tea light

As decorating the tea light was so easy and straight forward, I wanted to do more. There’s quite a selection of posts on how to decorate various tins, pots and jars. As I have loads of tins left from the baby milk, I decided to put them to use. I wrapped them in layers of Washi tape. It was actually easier to apply it in straight lines, much easier than I thought. I’m guessing the lines on the tin helped. The before (boring) tins looked like this.

The tins before the transformation
The tins before the transformation

The after (nicely decorated) tins were a much nicer sight, specially after I filled them with homemade cookies and took them to my aunts as a welcome gift.

Washi tape decorated tins
Washi tape decorated tins

I wasn’t sure initially if the Washi tapes I had complement each other. I’m happy with the end result, and I’m looking forward to get my hands on more Washi tapes. I have a couple of this tins where I keep the extra nails and mini tools, and they definitely need updating. Another great project is to decorate picture frames, I have just the right set of simple wooden frames that could use some colours. Just need to get more Washi.