Hello friends! I hope you are delightfully busy with the holiday season. I love the holiday season, and I especially love doing holiday crafts with my kids in said holiday season. My kids are young, so craft activities are still enjoyable to them, and it’s one way I can get them to focus. This activity took us about 45 minutes, and worked really well for my four year old. I decided we’d make “washi tape trees” using the new tapes Kate released!
So here’s what you’ll need, if you choose to participate:
- paper for the trees (I used green cardstock)
- Kate’s new tapes, printed (or any colorful washi tape)
First step – draw triangle shapes for the trees on the cardstock, and have the kids cut those out. This is the part my three year old loved and stayed focused on. He loves getting to cut things. He didn’t necessarily stay on the drawn tree lines, but he was really, really proud of himself when he actually managed a triangle-y-tree shape of sorts. He more enjoyed cutting the rest of the paper into unusable, tiny pieces, and pretty much did this the rest of the time, rather than continuing with the craft… my four year old however, perfect. She did a wonderful job cutting out the trees I drew for her.
Second – cut the washi tape into strips of varying widths. I had printed a lot of the tapes onto one piece of regular paper. Some alternate options if you have them available: cut them with a Silhouette or other cutting machine, or print them on sticker paper to avoid the next step of making them stickers!
Third – make the strips into stickers. I have a small sticker maker, and it was super easy to slide the strips through to make them stickers, more like actual washi tape. If you print on sticker paper, you can avoid this step, because yours are already stickers. You could also use a tape runner, glue stick, etc. for adhering the strips to the trees. My daughter thought the sticker maker was the absolute coolest thing ever.
Fourth – adhere the strips to the trees. I found I could line up several trees together to make use of the long strips, but it was equally satisfying to my daughter to trim the strips and use those on the next tree.
And last – trim any excess off the edges. My daughter had a harder time with this part, but she was able to do it on one or two of her trees.
Here is the final “forest” we came up with:
My original intent was to tie/glue a string on the back, laminate them, and send them out as our family’s annual ornament… but we may just put some magnet tape on the back of them and have them on our fridge for the season instead. Maybe glue some popsicle or craft sticks to the back? I’m not sure yet. But the kids thought it was a fun craft, so it’s still a win in my book!