Friday, December 20, 2013

Party Decorating and Washi Tape

The Sweet Peep celebrated the big 0-2 over last weekend and of course we had a whole super shindig for her, complete with an Epic Play Kitchen (I'll share that later!)  But being the era of Pinterest and Internet One-upedness, it seems that nothing goes untouched when it comes to party decorating.

Being that her birthday is December 14th and smack dab in the middle of the Holiday Season, I've tried really hard to make it all about her...meaning, NO CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (until after the big day!) and NO RED AND GREEN!  So, her colours this year were hot pink, aqua, bright green and yellow.  A little summery...I realize.

Those are some gooood lookin straws!
As I was decorating the hot pink treats table I ran into a bit of an issue.  I purchased these seriously awesome (great, wonderful, fan-freakin-tastic) paper straws from Target for $1.00 (compare that to Michaels who sell them for $11.99.) and I wanted to showcase them.  So, I went to the go-to product for holding anything: the mason jar. 

But a mason jar is so...clear.  And, while cute, there was nothing "Pinteresty" about it, you know?

So I pulled out the Washi Tape.  For those of you who don't know what "Washi Tape" is (I'm looking at you Mom), it's pretty much really pretty scotch tape that you can pull off things really easily.  For those of you who want a history lesson, washi is a Japanese word for, well, Japanese paper.  And it's usually made from bamboo, the bark from a bunch of Japanese trees and even things like rice and hemp.  It's used to make origami paper, clothing and religious vestments and now, fancy, expensive, blogworthy tape. 

But it this case, we'll stick with pretty scotch tape OK?

I found this Washi Tape at Walmart for $2.97 (compared to Michaels who sell it for $8.99) and it was the perfect shade of bright (non Christmasy!) green and it came in a fun striped pattern.  I snatched it up and used it for everything from little flags on the cupcakes to embelishments on white Ikea frames. 

As for the mason jar?  I wrapped two strips of it around the centre and with some pink yarn I had over from another project, I wrapped that around the centre a few times and hot glued it at the back.  Finally, I took an embellishment flower (from Michaels...70% off because it was in their Christmas stock...but it's pink...) and glued it right in the centre. 

Voila!  Easiest, cutest, Pinterestastic Mason Jar Straw Holder. 

And, you know, while I was doing all this creative stuff for a bunch of two year olds, I kept asking myself  WHY?  Two year olds don't care.  Well.  I had numerous compliments on my straw holder. 
Made the 2 weeks of late night crafting totally worth it. 

1 comment:

  1. First, you are a super awesome crazily crafty Mom. Second, I'm so curious about washi tape. I see it everywhere but haven't been able to really gauge it's difficulty level. Is it easy enough for a non-crafty person?