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Monday, April 29, 2013

Washi Tape Kids Collection Jars


DIY Collection Jars for Kids

Upcycled Washi Tape Craft from Peanut Butter Jars
 

Peanut butter is very popular at our house, which is great because it's quick and easy, but it's always bothered me to just throw the plastic jars in the recycling bin when we're done. And like any parent, I'm always looking for activities to entertain my little ones. One day we were playing outside, and I was being brought beautiful flower (i.e., dandelion) after beautiful flower. To save myself from having to come up with original, excited reactions to each new offering, I suggested they make a collection first, then bring their whole collection to show me. And, bingo! It hit me: they needed collection jars!

The original collection jars were not so pretty... they were simply the peanut butter jars, sans labels. But I wanted to "pretty them up," and I had yet to play around with washi tape, so I gave this a shot, and my girls were thrilled with how they turned out. They even decorated their own. The washi tape was especially awesome for them because they could rip it themselves and reapply it easily when they wanted to reposition their designs (which they did constantly). I think the only drawback to the washi tape is that it's a little pricey, but if you use your 40% off craft store coupon, it's not so bad.


To get the jars ready, I cleaned them out and used Goo Gone to get rid of the glue residue. I applied a few rows of washi tape on each one. I used my rotary cutter to get a straight line on the edges (but be careful if you try that). They still looked a little plain, so I decided to make labels by painting Avery address labels with chalkboard paint (I think it took about 3 quick coats).

And that was it! Let the collecting begin.
























18 comments:

  1. Very cute, I love how versatile washi tape is too! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Sumos Sweet Stuff :)

    RamblingReed.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. Yeah, this was an amazingly quick and easy activity (and kept my kids occupied). I'm totally hooked on washi tape now ;)

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  2. Very cute. I love the look of the washi tape.

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    1. Thanks, Al! I like it too. I couldn't believe how many patterns they had to choose from!

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  3. I never thought about saving our peanut butter jars. Very cute!!

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    1. I know! I can't believe it took me so long to think of it! Now I'm scrutinizing all the recycling materials. Haven't come up with another idea yet, tho!

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  4. Fabulous idea!! I can't even remember how many random rocks I've stepped on because my son wants to save them. These jars would save me from so much pain! We'll be featuring these over at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so come on over and take a look!

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    1. That's so great! Thanks, Miranda. I'm glad you like them!

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  5. wow, great idea!!! I came over from Made you Look Linky party!!

    HongKongChic

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Mandy! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Super cute idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Do Something Crafty Friday on See Vanessa Craft!

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Love your blog.

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  7. Visiting from Let's Hear it For the Boys. I'd like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend. And who knows, you may just get featured next week.

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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    1. Thanks for the invite. I just checked it out and shared!

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  8. Hi there! Coming from the Friday Flash Blog! What a wonderful idea, to reuse the jars. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Frances! Now my jar collection in piling up, so we need to come up with more categories!

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  9. These are so cute! I will have to give this a try! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back! Happy weekend Nicole!

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  10. What a party last week on Friday Flash Blog! Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ve visited some of the other community members and you're having a splendid week.

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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