Thursday, June 6, 2013

Washi tape mini-bunting


I made this pretty, frivolous item a few days ago and really enjoyed myself. I had hoped my small Bears would want to help, but they didn't. They watched me for a little while and wandered off; I think there was action in the street in front of our house that morning, some sort of construction at a neighbor's house. It was a lot more interesting than helping Mommy play with masking tape. But this was a fun little lark for me, and I thought I'd share how I did it.


At the kitchen table (my crafting/sewing workstation), I assembled all of my washi tapes along with a spool of kitchen twine, a sheet of (8.5 by 11 in) cardstock and crafting scissors. I might be developing a bit of a washi tape problem...but it's so pretty. I heart pretty.

I started by cutting a strip off the cardstock sheet, about 1.5 inches wide. Then I cut it into squares, then I cut each square into a triangle by cutting the sides off from the bottom center up to the upper corners, to make my bunting pennants. You could measure more accurately but this worked fine.



Next, I started covering each little pennant with washi tape. This was the most difficult step because I wanted the tape strips to line up nicely, and to be folded neatly along the sides. But it wasn't really hard, just slightly fiddly. I left a flap of tape "unstuck" at the top edge of each pennant.

Front of pennant, note small flap of tape left "unstuck" at top edge

Back of pennant; I didn't bother covering the back, but you can certainly do that if you like.



I made a dozen pennants like this, using most of my colors of washi tape, then I prepared the piece of twine. I cut it to about 2.5 feet long, and knotted the ends with little hanging loops, large enough to slip over the ends of push-pins.


Then I began attaching my pennants to the twine. Remember the little "unstuck" tape flaps at the top of each pennant? I used them to affix the pennants onto the string. I just stuck the extra tape around the string and onto the back of the pennants, to keep them securely attached.



Laziness prevented me from grabbing a ruler or tape measure, but I did want my pennants somewhat equally spaced along the twine. To achieve this, I folded the twine in half, with the end-loops at one end together, and started affixing the pennants at regular intervals all the way along the length of the doubled twine, leaving a space at the other end where it was folded.


Once all the pennants were attached, it was ready to hang. By now, the children had rejoined me in the kitchen and they agreed with me that a good place for it was above our "homeschool cart," as we call it. This is a retired microwave cart (which we found on the street before we were married and refurbished), which has been used as many things over the years, including diaper-supply station, rolling liquor cart and now, school-supply and textbook-storage headquarters! It's a trusty little cart. We hung the bunting underneath the big wall clock we have hanging over the cart.

This wall could really use a paint job



I love the way it looks here. It's a very charming touch in our "homeschool corner.". This space is sort of in between our kitchen and family room, just off the main entry foyer. This is where we have the magnetic calendar I always show in my monthly posts, art and study tools in the bins, pencil cases, time logs, my notes and binders for curriculum and other learning tools on the shelf. The bottom cabinet is handy for other books, paper and so forth. We're only part-time homeschoolers, so we're able to maintain a small space for everything we need; I am sure that full-time homeschoolers could teach me a lot. As our children advance in school, we'll probably need to look at different solutions, but it's working well for now.


The bunting makes this little space cheerful. School is fun and interesting and I think school spaces should be too. I learned that when I was a classroom teacher and I feel that way for homeschooling too. I love our little school cart and I've really enjoyed having the new bunting here; I can see it from the kitchen or the family room and it looks colorful and sweet. Plus it was easy and fun to make. And the more of these I make, the more washi tape I can buy...

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I've had a few questions about the kids' magnetic calendar. We bought the calendar at Target, but it was several years ago, probably about 2008. I don't know whether they carry it anymore, at least I haven't seen it there myself in awhile. It may have been made by Melissa & Doug, who do have a current version; this one has a drop-down piece to store all the extra magnets, making it a lot easier to find them as you put the calendar together. Ours stores them on the back, so you have to flip it over again and again to find your pieces, but it has been great otherwise.

24 comments:

  1. Jennifer, you are so creative! I love this mini bunting! You are right, it looks great at your homeschool corner! It's funny how your kids lost interest. The same thing happened to me when I made some garden lanterns last July, I did a post about them in fact. It was supposed to be a joint effort, but the kids were not interest so I made them myself! I stayed in the garden all afternoon to make them and enjoyed every minute. I think sometimes it's nice to do something fun and creative on your own (rather than the usual knitting, crocheting, sewing etc). You did a great job, well done! x

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  2. Cute bunting. You seem a very tidy nd organised person. It's a quality I admire!

    xx

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  3. Thanks for sharing how you made that bunting. It looks great up on your wall. The tape colors are so cheery. I haven't seen any calendars like yours but I do know that ConsumerCrafts.com is having a $1 sale on washi tape :)
    Have a great day!
    Jayne
    Handmade Cuties

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  4. I love this! I have been wanting to make one of these for a while! I didn't realize it was so easy. I am a new follower through the blog train from God's Growing Garden! Please stop by http://www.organizedsahm.com :)

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  5. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest GFC follower from the “Meet & Greet” blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie
    PS – I would also like to invite you to a blog hop called: “The Great Blog Train” currently live on my blog (the kind of hop where you link up your homepage)– Thank you!

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  6. You produced lovely bunting with your gorgeous Washi tape Jennifer, and they really add sparkle to your homeschooling corner - sometimes just hanging something like that can add so much more than just the item itself - I guess it's the loving energy you put into the project!
    Now go shopping for more bright and colourful supplies!
    Joy x

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  7. I love washi tape, and that bunting is awesome!

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  8. Hi Jennifer,Nice, easy and very effective!!! Have a great weekend!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  9. So cute! I still haven't played Round with this tape stuff. But now I might have to. A 1000 and1 uses, obviously.

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  10. Oh I love this, it's so sweet. It looks great hanging up. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I have never used washi tape but you have inspired me...
    M x

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  11. The bunting is very cute and really does add a little sparkle to that corner. I've never used washi tape, but have been seeing it more and more round the blogs. Wendy

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  12. Such cute bunting ... it brightens up the room a treat x

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  13. I love this idea! Adds a splash of color and is so cute.

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  14. This is unbelievably cute and very well time, seeing as I have just developed an entirely unhealthy love of washi tape.

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  15. I love little craft projects like this, you can do them in a few hours but they have so much impact when they are done. Your garland looks great, what a fun little corner. Your washi tape is double the width of mine (which has nearly run out.) I need to buy more washi tape, yay! x

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  16. Jennifer, how did I miss this post?! lol. I saw washi tape, and bunting, and had to check it out! What a cute project. Anything involving washi tape, pure cuteness! :)

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  17. I'm very new to washi tape, but I adore using it. Your bunting is so cute.

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  18. Oh, you are so artsy! Thanks for sharing this DIY dear. :)
    Do you want us to follow each other? Let me know!

    xx, Mela
    www.wearismela.com

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  19. Such a great idea, so pretty too. It looks really good hanging in your little school corner:)

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  20. I am crazy for bunting these days and this one is just adorable!! It really brightens up your homeschool corner!

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  21. Oh my! I love your bunting! That is such an amazing idea. I think I'm going to try it out. It'd be perfect around a table at events!

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  22. Just adorable!

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

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