Tips for Deep Cleaning Your House

Deep cleaning is one of those weirdly satisfying things for me. On the one hand it is deeply satisfying and on the other hand, ew. Kind of like popping a zit…just me? Moving on…

Our house has hit one of those, desperate for a good, mama cleaning times. I’m doing my mama duty and training my kids to clean, but they are kids and sometimes take advantage of mama’s ADD. Things get busy and sometimes I just don’t pick that battle. Just being honest.

If you are looking for a perfect mama, perfect kids, perfect marriage, and a perfect home, I can’t help you. What I use this space here on the internet for is to encourage other non-perfect mamas in their homeschooling and homemaking journey. Because we can all use more of that, right?

Today, I want to encourage you to deep clean your house. Or a room in it. Or one wall and pantry, like I did. I started the day thinking I was going to deep clean the whole dang kitchen. What I ended up getting done was the bar and pantry, but man, do they sparkle now!

As I was cleaning, I was writing a blog post in my head because that’s how I roll. So here are some tips for deep cleaning your house…or a room in it.

Tips for Deep Cleaning Your House...from an imperfect mom.

Tips for Deep Cleaning Your House

Occupy and/or Employ Kids

This is obviously your choice and may vary with each deep cleaning session. When I worked in my kitchen the other day, I chose to occupy them and that mostly involves my four-year-old. The older children often occupy themselves just fine.

I typically choose to have my children occupied when I have a deep cleaning session for two reasons. First, I tend to run through a range of emotions when I deep clean. Yes, I am happy, relieved, and satisfied at the end, but in the process I am often frustrated and sometimes even angry at the state of certain things. It’s easier for me to control these emotions when I have no one to lash out at.

Make it Enjoyable

This is particularly important if you are not looking forward to deep cleaning your house. Put on your super comfortable yoga pants, pour a favorite drink, turn the music up, and get going. Or, if you need quiet, make that happen. I know, easier said than done most days, huh?

Light the House Up

Turn on all the lights in the room that you are working in. Throw open the curtains to let the sunshine stream in. Light has the tendency to brighten our moods. It also sheds light on all the dirt and crud that needs cleaning.

Be Strategic

I am all about strategies. I love to create a plan. I’m not so great at the implementation part of those plans, my strength is in the researching and planning. This does me no good when it comes to actually getting the house clean. It seems no matter how many “tips for deep cleaning your house” articles I read, the house won’t clean itself. Shoot.

So what I have found that works the best is to keep it simple. Start in the corner of a room and work clockwise. This works for me because at the end of my session, something is actually clean. This works better than saying I will pick up the laundry and dishes throughout the room because that is 1.) never-ending and 2.) it doesn’t leave anything FINISHED.

To keep my momentum going, I need something FINISHED to look at.

Tips for Deep Cleaning Your House...from an imperfect mom.

Be Smart

This goes hand-in-hand with being strategic. Looking ahead to see if something needs to be done first or is a bigger job that can be broken down into smaller steps can be helpful.

For example, our kitchen sink is on the opposite wall of where I was starting, but there were more than one load of dishes worth of dirty dishes to be done (were there ever!!). We hand wash our dishes so I washed a sink full and set them to air dry while I started on the other side of the kitchen.

Focus

Don’t leave the room for every item that needs to be put away. I don’t know about your house, but things have the tendency to congregate in hot spots and all over the house. I am also highly distractible. So when I leave a room to put something away, I will notice all the things that need done in the other room. This inevitably leaves me mumbling like a crazy person in my head, sometimes an angry crazy person.

So, what I do is to put things that go in different rooms together in a spot away from where I’m deep cleaning. Then when I have a few items, then I will take them and put them away quickly. If things need moved in the other room where they are going (like books need re-shelving in addition to the ones I’m bringing back), then I set them all nicely together in one spot and return to my job at hand.

Resist the Urge to Start Another Project

When I was cleaning my kitchen, I came to my recipe box. Now, my recipe box is in need of a decluttering because I have a ton of recipes we never ended up using or we didn’t like. I could have started cleaning that out because it really was decluttering, but it would not have helped the overall project. The recipe box was going to take the same amount of space no matter if it was purged or not. So I left it alone and finished the wall I was working on.

Take Notes

Sometimes you will come across a project (like my recipe box) that legitimately needs done, but now is not the time. Or you will notice things like paint nicks that need retouched. Don’t stop your deep cleaning session to do this now.

And I don’t know about you, but my brain tends to really start working creatively when I’m cleaning. So I think of all sorts of blog posts (like this one), craft projects, and organizational projects when I am working. Like I mentioned, I am a highly distractible person so I need to put those ideas on paper as I go so I can get them out of my head and focus on my task at hand. Thus, the notes.

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Keep Yourself Hydrated

Drink water. Snack on vegetables. Just make sure you don’t end up thirsty, it will make you tired. And I do mean water, that actual stuff your body needs to function.

Resist the Urge to Multi-Task

This may sound a bit redundant, but if you are like me, you need the repetition. Focus on your task at hand, don’t try to do a bunch (or even two or three) things at once. Work on one thing until it is completed. Finished is the goal. Don’t lose track of that and end up with an even bigger mess than when you started with nothing to show for it.

Boom. There you go. Almost 1200 words giving you my best tips for deep cleaning your house or a room or a wall and pantry in it. šŸ˜‰

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Time Management Tips That Actually Work

Time Management Tips That Actually Work…

…unless you have your stuff together better than I do. Being horrible with time management is one of those flaws in my personality that drives various people nutso, chiefly myself. I’ve come along a bit in this and am not quite as horrible as I used to be, but still have a long way to go. I’ve been actively working on this and have found some things that really help me.

Time Management Tips That Actually Work

 

Time Management Tips That Actually Work

I’m calling them time management tips that actually work, but I need to make a couple disclaimers before we dive in. First, these tips work for me, your mileage may vary. Second, I don’t always do all of these at the same time. Sometimes I’m good to be able to remember one or two. Other times, I get bored with what I am doing and flat out ignore them. You can probably guess how this works out for me.

I think that’s it. Let’s move on now.

Stop Multi-Tasking

Seriously. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, or at least it did to me, but it isn’t. Trying to do three things at once usually means that something gets missed or nothing gets finished. I’m a serial starter, but rarely a finisher. Focusing on one thing at a time, even for minutes at a time, has helped me tremendously with this.

Multi-Task

Ha. Yeah, I know what #1 said, but eventually I came to realize that multi-tasking wasn’t the issue so much as the activities I was trying to multi-task. Here’s an example, I’d put something in the oven and then run back downstairs to switch laundry or finish writing a blog post. Invariably, I would forget that I needed to do something else for dinner while whatever was in the oven cooked and that would set me behind. This always left me feeling like I was running in circles and never getting anything done.

Just recently I realized the “right” way to multi-task. Don’t leave the room. When I put something in the oven and have to wait 15-20 minutes, I find something in the kitchen to do. Like today, I put the chicken nuggets in the oven to cook and the apples were sliced and the carrots ready. Instead of leaving and doing something else on my huge, never-ending to do list, I cut up some cheese cubes and popped some popcorn for afternoon snacks. This actually saved me time later and I actually finished something. It’s a good feeling.

Make a List

I am a list person. I love making lists. It helps me to focus on what needs to be done and gives me a sense of accomplishment when I can check things off of the list. A word of caution though, don’t over do it. Don’t put every possible thing on your list that you want to do. That is a quick way to get overwhelmed. I actually prefer to keep multiple lists. Here are a few lists that you may find helpful:

  • Grocery and household needs – Keeping a running list makes it much easier to create my grocery shopping list each week. It also helps me to make the most of my trips out of the house because I like to keep those trips limited each week. Unfortunately, I often forget to actually keep a running list, but I rarely go shopping without a meal plan and grocery list.
  • Household to do list – This is where I write big things like declutter laundry room and I also write the things I know I can get done like eat breakfast. Somedays things like eat breakfast, get dressed, and make dinner are what a doable to do list looks like for me. I’ve learned to be ok with that.
  • Big project list – Sometimes we have a really big project that will take more than a day and I need the motivation of completing tasks that all work towards that end goal, but are doable. This is when I will take a big goal like declutter the basement, which will take days, and break it down into tasks that I can accomplish in a few hours or so. Examples would be clear craft table, reorganize book shelves, and take items to Goodwill.

Ditch the List

With my penchant for list making, I can often prioritize the list making process more than anything else. I’ll spend lots of time making it pretty to look at and organized. Then when I’m done, all motivation for doing the things on the list is long gone. Some days, I just need to look at what needs to be done and do it. Sometimes I can take hours in a day and focus on a big project and knock it out. Or I only have an hour between errands and just need to get the most pressing things done. Lists are great, but we do not want to be a slave to them. Use them like a tool and ditch them when they are no longer useful.

Delegate

Oh, you have no idea how hard this was for me. I didn’t know how hard this was for me. I have four children, four really great children. They are capable of doing dishes and laundry correctly if shown what correctly is. Yes, it has taken a lot of practice, but eventually we found a rhythm that means that they are helping around the house and I’m not going crazy over how they did things “wrong” according to my standards. I promise I’m not that strict, but I have certain things that I need to have done a certain way or they drive me batty.

Ultimately, it all comes down to balance and following where God is leading me each day. Some days, I need to multi-task and get things done and on others, I need to focus on one thing at a time to make sure those things are done well, with attention to detail. Sometimes I need a list to keep me focused and sometimes I need to focus on what’s in front of my face. And sometimes, I just need to let go and realize that not everything has to be done by me.

Be encouraged, ladies, you are not alone in this! And be sure to let me know if you have any time management tips that actually work, too!

ABC’s of Homeschooling Through the Holidays – W is for Washi Tape

It is no secret that I love washi tape, right? Well, today I am taking that love to another blog. I wrote a fun post for Heather’s ABC’s of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. I chose W for…wait for it….washi tape!

I’ve put together a quick list of ideas for using washi tape for your holiday gift giving. The best part is, these are so easy that they are definitely kid-made-friendly. I’ve included a sneak peek of the post below, but you will have to head over to Life of a Homeschool Mom to read the whole article.

Homeschooling Through the Holidays - W is for Washi Tape

Homeschooling brings a freedom with it that our family quite enjoys. We love taking the last six weeks of each year to focus on gift making, cooking and baking, and other holiday fun. Today, I’d like to focus on the gift making and more specifically, gifts made with washi tape!

We are huge fans of washi tape in our home. I have grown quite a collection and we love finding ways to use it. I’ve rounded up a collection of ideas for using washi tape in your homeschooling this holiday season….

Continue Reading at Life of a Homeschooling Mom

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Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial

I am so excited about today’s post. For a long time here on the blog, my top posts have been my sewing tutorial round-ups. I love sewing. I’m not the greatest in the world at it, but I love it.

I also really, really love to shop for fabric. That’s probably my favorite part of any hobby really. I love all the possibilities. I love imaging all the fabrics (beads, papers, etc.) in various projects. I think most crafters can relate to that.

Earlier this year, I sent out a reader survey to my subscribers and the one thing they wanted above all was more DIY posts, specifically sewing tutorials. I was actually quite thrilled with this…and then I blanked. Ever have that happen?

To make this long story shorter, eventually I came up with some simple tutorials that I will be sharing over the next several months. Here’s where I should tell you to subscribe via email to make sure you don’t miss any of them, but that might seem too pushy so I won’t. šŸ˜‰

Let’s dive on into this fat quarter bag tutorial!

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial

Supplies:

  • 3 fat quarters – focal fabric, accent fabric, and lining fabric
  • thread
  • 1-3 buttons
  • iron
  • sewing machine (actually, I guess you could do this by hand…a machine is faster though)

1. Iron your fat quarters.

Fat quarter bag tutorial

2. Cut your focal fabric into a large rectangle sized 18″ x 11″ (mine pictured is 9×11 because it is folded).

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.
3. Cut your accent fabric into an 18″ x 5″ rectangle. Pin the right sides of the fabric together and stitch.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

4. Press Ā your seam flat.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

5. Top stitch down each side of the seam.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

6. Cut liner fabric to theĀ same size as your joined focal and accent fabrics.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

7. Fold both rectangles with the right sides together to form a 9″ x 15″ (approximate) pouch. Stitch up both sides of each pouch. Trim the edges of the liner to be closer to the stitches.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

8.Ā Cut a 5″ x 18″ rectangle out of your accent fabric, then cut it in half lengthwise.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

9. Fold each strip in half lengthwise and stitch along the side. Turn the tube right side out and then press flat. These are your handles.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

10. Attach your buttons on the front center your bag, approximately 1 1/2″ to 2″ from the top of the fabric.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

11. Cut a long strip of the liner fabric (1″x24″). Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press with the iron. Fold each raw edge into the center of the fabric and press. This is a slightly tedious process, take your time. Stitch along the edge.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

12. Cut into thirds (8″) and set aside.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

13. Place your liner inside the outer fabric pouch. Be sure that the WRONG sides of the fabric are facing each other.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

14. Fold the top of each section and press.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

15. Take your narrow strips of liner fabric and make a loop. Place behind the buttons on the BACK side of your bag. These go in between the outer pouch and the liner. Pin in place.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

16. Place your handles the same as the button loops. You will put one on each the front and back of your bag. Pin these in place.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

17. Carefully stitch around the top of your bag, making sure that all your pinned items stay straight.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

18. Sew around the top of the bag again, this time closer to the edge.

Fat Quarter Bag Tutorial - A simple sewing tutorial to make a bag from three fat quarters.

19. Your bag is finished!

Little House on the Prairie

I don’t think it’s any secret around here that I love Little House on the PrairieĀ®. I can’t tell you how excited I am that they have released a line of fabric with Andover fabrics. I jumped at the opportunity to receive a bundle of fat quarters from the line for this tutorial.

You can buy your own at a store near you. You can also enter to win a FABULOUS bundle below. It includes:

  • A fat-quarter bundle of all three Little House on the PrairieĀ®Ā fabric collections
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  • ā€œThe Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilderā€ DVD
  • TheQuilting with LauraĀ book
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Talking to Kids About Sex – Awkward Parenting Moments

I promise this isn’t going to be as awkward as it sounds. Or maybe it is, but that is kind of the point here. What am I blathering on about? Let me get straight to it.

For many parents, talking to their kids about sex is one of those uncomfortable subjects that fall into a “necessary evil” category sort of thing. For others, it is no big deal. I am somewhere in the middle of those two options. It is just not a natural conversation topic for me, but I know that I want to pass along a healthy, biblical view of sex to my kids. This mean I have to talk about it and with four kids, I guess I should get used to it sooner rather than later.

We have always been open with our children when it comes to talking about our bodies. We gave them the actual terms for their body parts, but also the general terms of private parts and bottom, and used those for the most part. They knew that those parts were private and we did have discussions about what they should do if someone tried to touch and/or talk to them about those parts.

With one exception, our youngest was given the term peepee for his penis because he is a very verbal boy and has been from a young age. This meant that his filter was utterly non-existent and he would randomly shout out words that he knew would make someone laugh because he is also a ham. With preteen kids, body parts were a sure success at this. Peepee made it a little less inappropriate (in my eyes) when this happened in public places.

And then someone gave him the right word and all bets were off. Now that novelty has worn off (thank heavens) and he only refers to it in matter-of-fact ways. Ironically, this cracks the preteens up even more. I can’t win.

Enough about us, I actually have a resource I want to talk to you about today.

Talk to Your Kids About Sex - It doesn't have to be awkward. There is a great resource available to help walk parents through a biblical way to tackle the subject with their kids.

Talking to Kids About Sex

I’ve written about, reviewed, and given away resources from Luke and Trisha Gilkerson of Intoxicated on Life here before. Heck, I even wrote for them for a while. I love theirĀ resources and blog. This series is no different. They have written quite a lot about sex education on their blog, and now they have a trilogy of books to put resources in your hands to help you navigate this anxiety-inducing topic from a biblical perspective. Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief…whew.

I purchased their book called The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality earlier this year to use in our homeschool. When Trisha was looking to put together a team to launch the second book in the series called Changes: 7 Biblical Lessons to Make Sense of Puberty, I jumped at the chance to get this one for free. šŸ˜‰

The third book in the series is called Relationships: 7 Lessons to Give Kids a Greater Understanding of Biblical Sexuality and it will be available early 2016.

Let’s go over a bit of what is actually in these two books.

The Talk - Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality

The Talk

The seven lesson titles:

  1. God Made Them Male and Female
  2. Go Forth and Multiply
  3. Wonderfully Made
  4. The Two Shall Become One Flesh
  5. You Shall Not Commit Adultery
  6. Do Not Violate Me
  7. Bought With a Price

Each lesson gives you an opening thought, a section of scripture to read with an explanation of why it is relevant, a series of talking points to go over with your child, questions for your child, and concludes with a prayer. There are illustrations for things as well.

The ages recommended for this book are 6-10 years old. This may seem young to start this conversation, but if you take a while to look at our culture, you will see why parents need to start this conversation earlier these days. Our culture is more than willing to talk to kids about sex at any time.

Parents, if you want to be the first one to talk to your children about these topics, you need to be paying close attention and realize that this might need to happen sooner than you’d like. A bit more on my thoughts on this later.

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Changes

The second book contains these lessons:

  1. Just Like Jesus: Growing in Wisdom and Stature
  2. Puberty: Just One of Many Changes
  3. Hormones: The Catalyst of Change
  4. Girls and Boys: Changes We Can Both Expect
  5. Girl Changes: Becoming a Woman
  6. Boy Changes: Becoming a Man
  7. Changes in Desire: The Goodness of Sexual Attraction

The book follows the same format for each lesson as The Talk. The recommended ages are 8-12.

AĀ Few Final Thoughts

These are fantastic resources for starting an ongoing conversation about sex with your kids. Each book also contains a section on what happens next. It gives you ideas for ways to continue the conversation you started.

When you get these books, pre-read them before diving in with your kids. This way you will not be caught off-guard about any of the subjects covered and it will give you a better idea of when you actually need to approach these subjects with your kids.

Luke and Trisha do a great job introducing parents to the material. A good chunk of the book covers some common questions and concerns a parent may have about starting this conversation so early with your children.

I’ll end this with a bit of advice, if you have both genders of children, you may want to consider going through these separately. Talking to preteen girls and boys at the same time may result in unnecessary awkwardness. Ask me how I know…

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Gifts Kids Can Make

There are lots of reasons to make gifts for your holiday gift giving. Sometimes you can save money, I say sometimes because sometimes you can also spend way too much on fabric or other supplies. What? Is that just me?

Making gifts means you can create something just for the person you are giving the gift to. You can make it in their favorite colors. You can make something practical for their specific situation, like hot pads for someone who bakes a lot or an eyeglass holder for someone always leaving their glasses around.

When it comes to kids, there are a few good reasons I think it is important for them to make gifts to give.

  • It takes their eyes off of “me” for a while. Who doesn’t need this? For kids, it seems particularly easy to get wrapped up in “what do I want” each holiday season.
  • It builds confidence. Kids need to know that they are important and that they have something to give.
  • It doesn’t involve a screen. Well, for the most part. My kids and I both like to use Pinterest to find instructions for making various things.

I am happy that my girls love making gifts for others. My older son is more entrepreneurial-minded and tends to like to make things to sell…and only then. My youngest son is only three and I haven’t really attempted making gifts with him yet. We’ll likely remedy that this year.

Gifts Kids Can Make - A great list of ideas for kids!

Gifts Kids Can Make

Let’s get on with that list. I’ve put together some ideas of gifts kids can make to help encourage the next generation of makers.

Snowflake Ornaments – These are great for kids of all ages. I made these with kids ages 2-12 and they all enjoyed it. Homemade ornaments are great gifts for grandparents who appreciate those memories.

Washi Tape Bookmarks – This project is super easy to customize for the age and interests of the receiver. For younger readers like cousins, you can include stickers of their favorite superheroes or Disney characters. For older readers like aunts and uncles, you can look for (or draw?) themes like Marvel’s superheroes, Sherlock Holmes, or Dr. Who.

Easy Felt iPod Case – These could be good for a variety of uses, not just iPods. A good, easy project for new to the sewing machine sewists.

Ladybug Bunting – This beginner hand sewing project can be done in a variety of color schemes. If you have a sports fan on your gift list, try using team colors to make a little pennant the receiver can put up on game days. This easy project is even easier if you don’t have a felt that has a print on one side to keep track of.

Pippi Longstocking Socks – This is a no-sew project that would be a fun gift for a Pippi fan. I’ve also seen that crazy socks are still a hit in general so it might be a good option for a tween.

Apple Magnets – This is a simple craft that doesn’t take a long time, but gives you a cute gift. We have had these magnets on our fridge for a few years now. This is a great gift for someone with a country theme in their kitchen.

Personalized Journals – This is a great gift for writers of all ages. A good one for friends.

No-Sew Fleece Blanket – A great gift for kids who can wield sharp scissors. These can be made for anyone, fleece comes in a wide variety of colors and prints.

Tin Can Lantern – These are super cute and would make a great gift for someone who likes candles.

All Season Hand and Fingerprint Tree – This is a GREAT idea for a gift for grandparents.

“I Love You” Pillowcase – This gift is a great way to capture that new writer handwriting. A great gift for parents or grandparents.

Hand-Shaped Ring Dish – Another for the ladies on the gift list that would love to remember the size of those little hands before they become full-grown hands.

Painted Handprint Keepsakes – Yep, this one is one that will make a mama’s heart swoon. So if you are in charge of someone else’s little one, make their day by helping their little one make this for mama.

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags – Don’t forget to have fun with the presentation, too. Customize your gift wrapping, too.

For more ideas on crafts kids can make to give as gifts, check out this book list. There are a lot of different options in each of those books.

If you have an older tween or teen girl who would like to make gifts for her friends (or you!), check out the list of DIY Health and Beauty Gifts that I put together!

Festive Family Holiday Hop & Giveaway

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DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags

Do you like to make gifts? Every year I always start our holiday planning with some lofty goals. Actually, those usually start right after Christmas, when I start with my “Next year, I’m going to work on Christmas throughout the year so I don’t get overwhelmed” mantra.

Does it happen? So far, no. But I am not dissuaded from making those grand statements each year. I did buy things throughout the year last year, so Christmas was mostly done before we were even thinking about it. That happened because I realized there was no way I was going to be able to squeeze in any sewing or crafting that year.

This year, I have very few items already purchased, but I still have a plethora of crafting materials like fabric, beads, and such. So this year, there will be handmade gifts. Yay!

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags - Another simple, but fun way to use washi tape!

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags

When I was perusing through all my crafting supplies, I came upon a set of kraft bags that I had picked up sometime somewhere for something. I decided to see what I could do with them. Add in my need to justify all my washi purchases, ahem, and you have another simple craft.

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags - Another simple, but fun way to use washi tape!DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags - Another simple, but fun way to use washi tape!
I do not have a lot of directions that need to go with this, but I did do all five of the bags in a different design to give me some variety for the gift recipients. I’ve included multiple photos below so you can see.

My process for all of these washi tape projects is pretty similar. I either start with a washi tape or two that I want to use and then find coordinating washi and/or stickers to go with it. Or I will start with the stickers and pull washi tape that coordinates with the colors in the stickers. Fairly simple process, but so much fun!

There are so many washi tape patterns out there and Sticko makes some really cute stickers. Your possibilities are practically endless.

If you make some of your own, be sure to let me know! I’d love to see them.

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags - Another simple, but fun way to use washi tape!

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags - Another simple, but fun way to use washi tape!

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags - Another simple, but fun way to use washi tape!

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags - Another simple, but fun way to use washi tape!

DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags - Another simple, but fun way to use washi tape!

Easy Washi Tape Craft – Thank You Card

I recently discovered the joy of shopping for washi tape. There are SO many designs and colors, it is amazing. I have curated quite the collection with more on the horizon…hey, just being honest.

With this new-found craft supply, I have been busy creating all the washi tape crafts I can think of. Washi tape goes far, let me tell you. I’ve already shared the washi tape bookmarks and today I have another easy washi tape craft for you, a thank you card.

Easy Washi Tape Craft: Thank You Card

Easy Washi Tape Craft – Thank You Card

Cardmaking is one of my favorite craft mediums. I love handmaking cards, especially when I can get over my perfectionist tendencies and just try having fun. Anyone else have that? I’m much craftier in my head than in real life it seems.

For this card, I used some super skinny washi (3mm) to create the string that the little flags hung from. For the little flags, I took a couple rolls of regular size washi tape (15mm) and simply cut triangles off. The silver is actually a smaller washi, which gave me smaller flags, but I liked it that way.

Then I took the 15mm washi and just ran a strip over the bottom of the card for a pop of coordinated color. I used stickers for my “Thanks” and they are a shiny metallic silver, which proved quite difficult to get a photo of.

A couple tips:

  • Different widths of washi will give you different sized flags. Alternating these gives you a neat look.
  • Start with your center. Figure out your pattern and then work out each side to help with the spacing.
  • Work in odd numbers. Odd numbers are always better visually. I used three patterns and have nine flags on my little washi bunting.
  • Don’t press your stickers down right away. I’ve made that mistake and then found that my spacing was off and I had ruined a card with a smooshed word. So frustrating. Now I lay all my letters out gently and will shift them as needed. When I have them in the right place, I will firmly press them.
  • Not all washi tape and stickers like each other. For some reason, some stickers will not stick to the washi tape quite right. Test your washi and stickers for this before hand.
  • To bring a pop of color coordination to the card and envelope, add a strip of your washi to the envelope, too.

Easy Washi Tape Craft: Thank you card and coordinating envelope.

I hope you are enjoying these washi tape crafts because I am certainly having fun finding more excuses to buy the stuff! I have another fun, easy washi tape craft coming up soon. Subscribe via email and make sure you don’t miss it.