DIY Washi Tape Stickers Decorated Notebook- Think Ahead Handmade Gift Ideas Series
Last week we launched our Think Ahead Handmade Gift Ideas Series with our DIY Lavender “Essential Oil” Tincture. This week we’re adding another DIY project that you can stash in your handmade gift closet with our DIY Washi Tape Stickers Decorated Notebook!
You know that feeling when the universe is trying to tell you something and you just aren’t picking up the vibe? I think that’s been happening to me for the past 3 years. I would look at our top 10 posts each month and try to figure out the connection between them. Some are photo projects, some are sewing, some are recipes, some are roundups of amazing DIY gift ideas… Oh wait! Duh!! What’s the common thread? Most of our popular posts are things that make amazing handmade gifts!
We all know that handmade gift giving is AWESOME, but it takes some advanced planning to do a really good job of it. That’s why we decided to create the Think Ahead Handmade Gift Ideas series and our Handmade Gifters Club! We want to help all of you stock your gift closet. That means planning ahead, thinking seasonally, creating lists of people who you give gifts to and what they like and getting in the habit of making handmade gifts each month to give throughout the year.
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Ok on to today’s post. If you hand around at Hello Creative Family, you know that our philosophy is that creative parents raise creative kids. This doesn’t necessarily mean that parents are sitting down and doing crafts with their kids, but more that parents are showing how important creativity is by fulfilling their own creative passions and supplying their children with avenues for expressing themselves creatively too.
One of the things that my daughter and I love to do together is draw. We both sit at the table with our sketchpads, pencils, pens and markers and doodle. We both work on our own projects but we talk while we draw, gush over each other’s work and enjoy quality time together. My daughter often tries to imitate my drawings, which is great– it’s how you learn and develop your own style. I often tell her about how I try to learn from people that I admire like the line drawing class I’m taking online with Lisa Congdon.
To be honest, I don’t really care what my daughter does in her sketchpad– doodle, write, color, journal, etc. I just care that she uses it. I think that all kids should have a way to express themselves creatively, and that’s why I’ve started giving personalized sketchpads as gifts to friends and family.
There all kinds of ways to decorate and personalize a sketch pad, today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite methods, decorating with DIY Washi Tape Stickers
What Is Washi Tape?
Known in Japan as masking tape, washi tape is Japanese tape made with rice paper. The tape is easily repositionable and comes in a variety of colors and designs making it very popular with crafters.
What can you use DIY washi tape stickers for?
-Adding to drawings and artwork
-Personalizing notebooks and other craft/school supplies
-Decorating handmade cards
-General merriment :)
What occasions can you give DIY washi tape stickers/ washi tape stickers decorated notebooks for?
-End of school year gift
-Christmas (the stickers are great as stocking stuffers)
-Thank you gift
-Get Better Soon/ Hospital gift
-Really the options are endless! Make a few in different designs and have them in your handmade gift closet so that you always have one ready to go when you need a last minute gift!
Ready?Ready? Read on to learn how to make DIY Washi Tape Stickers Decorated Notebooks.
DIY Washi Tape Stickers Decorated Notebooks
– Washi Tape
– Waxed Paper
– Sketchbook (I buy mine at Dollarama our local dollar store. They are $3.00 each)
– Optional: Stencils (I made mine using my Cricut Explore. You can also draw your shapes freehand.)
Step 1: Take a piece of waxed paper and your marker. Either use a stencil to trace shapes on the waxed paper or draw your own shapes freehand. Make sure to leave an inch or two between each shape.
Step 2: Cut each shape out of the waxed paper leaving a border around each design.
Step 3: Select a shape, flip it so that the lines you drew are facing down (you’ll still be able to see your lines, just fainter), and cover the shape with washi tape. You will want to overlap each piece of tape by at least 1/8 inch to avoid the tape from separating when you remove it from the backing.
Step 4: Flip the waxed paper back over so that you can see the design that you traced or drew and cut out your shape. Voila! You have a sticker!
Step 5: Peel the backing off of your sticker and decorate your sketchpad (or anything else that needs a bit of cuteness or personalization)!
Like this idea? Build on the skill!
You can use washi tape stickers to decorate other gift ideas as well!
Consider using them for:
– Handmade personalized cards
– To create mixed media artwork
– On canvas or wood to make a cool wall hanging
– To personalize water bottles and other school supplies so that they are easily identifiable
Let your creativity flow and watch your handmade gift closet grow!
We’re really excited about this new series and would love for you to pin it to Pinterest to help spread the word about our love of handmade gifting!
Make sure share pictures as you make your DIY lavender essential oil tincture and any other handmade gifts you are creating! Tag #HCFHandmadeGiftClub on your social media posts! We want to see what your working on, you inspire us! Also check out our handmade gift ideas tag for more great ideas!
Tell me… What designs would you make your DIY washi tape stickers in? Who would you give this as a gift to? Would you decorate a sketch pad or use it in another gift idea?
Our DIY Washi Tape Stickers Tutorial was originally published on Design Dazzles Summer Camp Series.