Holiday Decor

4th of July Painted Placemat & Napkin

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Hello all, are you excited for the upcoming Fourth of July? It’s one of my favorite holidays, I love the food and patriotic traditions!  Some years we host a party since we have a fantastic view of the local fireworks show from our front yard. In other years we’ll visit someone else’s home. This year my parents are hosting and we’ll spend the day poolside and then do the traditional fireworks observation at night.

I got crafty this year playing off Old Glory’s red and white stripes and white stars on a blue background to create a fun place setting. I partnered with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Brand to create a striped painted placemat and accompanying star spangled napkin, embellished with a fireworks inspired detail on top.

4th of july painted placemat and napkin

 

To recreate you’ll need red placemats, blue napkins, white craft tape, ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape; a roller, artist’s paintbrush, tray for paint, star punch from a craft store, and red pipe cleaners (not shown).

project supplies

 

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Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Friday, March 29th, 2013

I have a confession to make. I Kate, mother of young elementary school children, did not hard-boil nor dye any Easter eggs last year. I used fake ones from a craft store to set our Easter dinner table and plastic ones for the egg hunt. Boom, easy, done.

However. My youngest daughter requested that we engage in the traditional act of dyeing eggs this year, so we set out to dip, dye, and embellish with nailpolish, washi, and glitter tapes. It was a fun for 30 minutes until she got bored with the dipping and abandoned me to go play and I was left alone to finish. Just like three years ago and those paper maché eggs. But I wrapped up the project (ha!) by layering strips of washi and glitter tape in random abstract bands across the tops and I now I don’t believe I’ve ever loved Easter eggs more.

washi and glitter tape easter eggs

We started with hard boiled eggs, some dye from those kits you find everywhere, and a bunch of rolls of glitter and washi tape sent to me by my kind sponsor Wishy Washi.

eggs and polish

 

To create a banded pattern, I wrapped a few with washi tape before dipping, then once my girl dipped the eggs and they were dry, peeled back the tape to reveal the pattern.

washi tape bands on eggs

Layering a thin strip of tape over the top gives them a two tone banded effect.

banded washi tape easter eggs

washi wrapped easter eggs

 

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