Friday, January 31, 2014

Washi Tape Back to School Ideas

Every now and then I get the urge to do a fun lunchbox for the kids, maybe once a term or so. Here's one I made for Valentines Day last year, and one I made for Easter

So with all this talk of washi tape I thought I'd have some fun and make a washi tape lunchbox, especially as Amelie and Stella have become nearly as obsessed with washi tape as I am! So using my Scotch® washi tape, masking tape and magic tape I made a lunch box up so you can get some ideas if you want to have some fun yourself. 

Here are the details
*meusli bar with masking tape and a message on it
*box of raisins covered in washi tape
*banana with washi tape and name on it
*pieces of fresh pineapple
* cheese cubes and crackers with a washi tape flag toothpick for the cubes
* sandwich wrapped in greaseproof paper with washi tape wrapped around it (had to use sellotape at the back of this though as the washi tape doesn't actually stick to the greaseproof paper!)
*spooon decorated with magic tape

I also used the magic tape to label her drink bottle and a packet of tissues. Because the magic tape is like a matte sellotape it will hold up better in the dishwasher than washi tape, so it's great for labelling anything for back to school e.g lunchboxes, drink bottles, containers, and any stationery items your child brings to school as well.

I also used some of the Scotch® Shipping Tape and the magic tape to cover a school book - so easy and you could get really creative using all the different tapes to cover school books. Older children could even do this themselves and then match up the tapes to their stationery labels as well. The shipping tape is perfect for this as it is waterproof and really durable, and comes in heaps of cool colours and patterns.

So there you go, a few ideas for using the Scotch® decorative tapes for your 'back to school' jobs. You can find them all at Warehouse Stationery or online with Fishpond- they have heaps of new Scotch® tapes on there- I am loving this Alphabet one!
 Expressions Washi Tape, 1.18" x 393", Alphabet Soup

Don't forget to check out Scotch's new app Make it Amazing,  upload your own tape creations and be in to win an iPad, you can also win prizes just by voting for your favourite creation as well.

Megan x

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Washi tape Kids Art and Craft ideas

Here's my next post as part of the Scotch® Expressions Tape "Make It Amazing"promotion -ideas for Kids Art and Craft using Scotch® washi tape and the new Scotch® magic tape- it's like sellotape but not as sticky so can be repositioned, and comes in a lovely matte finish. Here are some of the activities we've done in the last few weeks- if you want to get more ideas check out my pinboard 'I love washi tape' on Pinterest.

Washi Tape initial art
This is a fun activity- great for young children to learn the letter of their name and nice and easy to set up too!

On a piece of paper use washi tape (or low adhesive masking tape) to make the letter of their name.

Then draw/scribble all over the piece of paper

Gently peel off the washi tape (Tip:  put your fingers quite close to the tape as you are peeling it off and peel slowly)

Trim up the art work and use washi tape to make a frame to go around it. 

Washi Tape Band-aids

My kids have a bit of an obsession with bandaids so they loved making these- just stick a couple of strips of washi tape over the top of a bandaid, and then trim around the edge of the bandaid- easy and very cute!

Washi Tape Stickers
\This is my favourite art and craft activity- how cool to be able to make your own stickers!

You need some baking paper, washi tape and/or Scotch® magic tape and some craft punches. Simply cut the baking paper into manageable pieces, stick the tapes onto the pieces, and then punch out the shapes. Tip: for younger children you might need to do the punching part with the larger punches, and also be careful peeling off the baking paper so the sticker doesn't come apart - the close you tape the strips together the better it will be for the sticker to stay together.

We used some heart stickers to decorate this plastic cup for Valentines Day.

Washi Tape Wooden Letter Craft

You can buy these wooden letters from Warehouse Stationery, Spotlight or other crafty stores. Simply cover the letter in wash tape, you could do all one colour like this one, or a striped one would look cool too. This is a little bit fiddly with the curves in the letter so this would be a great activity for older children.

Washi Tape Crowns
I saw these gorgeous crowns on Pinterest but Amelie and Stella wanted to make big crowns that went around their heads so I just gave them a large strip of paper and they taped strips of washi and magic tape to the paper, then they cut out a crown shape at the top and attached a strip of paper at the back to make the crown big enough to go around their head.

Washi Tape Bunting
Amelie (6) and Stella (4) made this washi tape bunting to hang off balloons but in the end it looked cute just hanging by the window. I've found this shape bunting is easier for younger kids to make than the triangle shape.
This greeting card bunting is a good activity for older children as the bunting flags can be a bit fiddly- just tape pieces of washi or magic tape over a piece of string and cut into triangles.

Washi Tape Weaving
And finally Amelie came up with this idea to make washi tape weaving after seeing a tissue box with a weaved pattern on it! I did this washi weaving though as it is another art/craft activity suited to older children as it is a bit of a challenge!

I hope these ideas give you some inspiration- maybe a few activities for the last week of the school holidays. All of the new Scotch® tapes can be found at Warehouse Stationery, and don't forget to to check out the Scotch® facebook page and app 'Make it Amazing' to be in to win an i-pad mini with your own creations!

You can check out my other Scotch® Expressions tape posts here...
Getting Crafty with Scotch® Expressions tape

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Washi Tape Craft Party

When I was thinking of ideas for blog posts about how to use washi tape for the Scotch® Expressions Tape "Make It Amazing"promotion I got the idea to have a washi tape craft class/party. Last year I wrote lists and ideas for heaps of different craft classes but never got around to actually doing any so this washi tape one was a great kickstart for what I hope to be many more crafty classes this year.  I'm calling this one a party as I did a little more than I probably would in regards to food/decorations but I would do nearly all of it again, it was a lot of fun to plan and prep for actually!

Washi Tape Craft Party

Ages of children:  6/7 years plus two 4 year olds.
Duration:  2 hours with morning tea and play in the middle


  • Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Magic Tape (a lovely matte tape similar to sellotape but not as sticky so can be repositioned) and Masking Tape
  • Name tag brooches
  • Scissors
  • Card
  • String
  • Large ice block sticks
  • Crayons, felts and markers
  • Plain paper cups and plates, plastic spoons

I discovered a new crafty product this week - liquid chalk pens- how cool are they??! 
You write on glass and it wipes right off with a handy towel or rag. I used one to write 'welcome' on the window.
Amelie (6) and Stella (4) helped me make some bunting.  I printed out 6 large triangles then we roughly cut them out. On the other side we taped washi and magic tape stripes, then we flipped them over and cut along the lines of the triangle. I then used a hole punch to put holes in the top of each flag and I threaded string through the holes.
I used some of the washi tape to write this message on the wall.
We made these balloon strings by taping small pieces of tape to long pieces of string but in the end they looked great hanging by the window that we left them there instead of attatching them to balloons.


I made cupcakes and decorated them with flag toppers using the washi tape and the magic tape and did the same with some fruit kebabs.


1. First we made name tags- I bought these name tags from Warehouse Stationery and the girls decorated them.
2. Next up we decorated the plates, cups and spoons and put them to the side ready for morning tea.
3.  Then we made hanging heart decorations- I showed the girls the same technique as making the bunting but encouraged them to be creative in how they placed the tape on the heart. These looked really cool- they all wanted to wear them as necklaces though so next time I would cut the string a bit longer!

4. After morning tea we made these ice block stick dolls after seeing them on this blog The girls loved making these and the finished dolls were very cute :)

5. Lastly I gave out large white envelopes to use as their take home bag so they decorated these with different tapes and the crayons and felts and filled them up with their creations. They also got to take a roll of washi tape home to keep on crafting!

So all in all it was a great success and I really enjoyed it so hopefully it is the start of many more crafty classes. If you are thinking of a fun party theme for 6/7/8 year olds then I can recommend a washi tape party one- easy and lots of fun!
I'll be sharing a blog post soon with more Kids art and craft ideas soon so stay tuned, in the meantime check out the Make it Amazing app on the Scotch facebook page- upload your creation to be in to win an i-pad mini - maybe an idea from this blog post!

Megan x

My Pinterest Home- Ikea Plate Shelf

I pin a lot of photo's on pinterest of kitchens with cute shelf units/plate racks - like these ones below 

and I now have my very own vintage style/colourful plate shelf - I am LOVING it!
I shared these photo's on my Facebook page last night but thought I would share them on here as well for any of you not on Facebook. I ordered this Ikea Stenstorp plate shelf from after a helpful person on Facebook told me the name of it as I have been wanting a kitchen shelf unit like this for ages but didn't know quite how I was going to get one! Akia takes orders for any Ikea products you want then they buy it and ship it to you so it takes a month or two to get your item sometimes but it's definitely worth the wait! Here are some more pics of the shelves...

This is the first post in my new series for 2014 'My Pinterest Home' - I'm going to share ideas for organising and display as well as interior design ideas from Pinterest and how I incorporate these ideas into my own home.

Megan x

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