Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Made It -- I {Heart} Washi Tape

Here we are off to the start of another beautiful week!  Time to link up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for some crafting fun & Monday Made It.  I know my crafting for the past few weeks has been a little pathetic...but I hope you will read on because I am super excited about what I made this week!

A few weeks ago, I found some Washi tape on clearance at Michaels and I bought it.  At the time I didn't know what I was going to do with it....I didn't even know what it was, but the colors caught my eye and about eight rolls magically ended up in my cart!  :)

Like many of you, I am trying to live healthier and drink lots of water.  Because it is summer, the darn cup always leaks water all over my desk and my papers.  So I thought about making a coaster, but not just a tiny coaster (I'm always afraid that my cup will fall off the side of a small coaster and spill), a big-enough-so-I-can-put-my-cup-down-without-looking coaster.

I went to Menards and picked up two 6" x 6" ceramic tiles, got out my Washi tape and my new bottle of Mod Podge, and went to work.

I hot glued some felt to the back when I was done to hide the tape ends and protect my desk.

Big enough, wouldn't you say???

Totally excited by my new creation, I decided to keep going and decorate some mini clip boards that I also bought at Menards, two for $1.

When I bought these, I thought they were clear, but they were brownish and looked like cardboard.  I did the same thing that I had done with the coasters and covered the top of the clip board with the Washi tape.  When I was done, I brushed on about three coats of Mod Podge.

For the back, I traced the clip board onto the back of a piece of cardstock, cut it out and glued it on.  I then used the Mod Podge on the back, making sure to seal the edges.

I think they turned out pretty nice too!  I can see using these as I'm walking around conferencing with kids or letting a student use them to write on Post-Its during silent reading.  (I think I'll have to find some different colors for the boys though!)

I am so totally psyched by my craftiness this week, I'm already planning out for next week!

I will be back tonight to post about Day #6 at the National Writing Project.  I have received so many wonderful comments about NWP and the things I've shared and I am so glad if you find something to help you make teaching writing a little easier.  I hope you'll come back later to see what I learned today!

Have a great Monday!


  1. These are FANTASTIC! I do not know what this washi tape is, but I think I may find 8 (or more) rolls mysteriously in my cart well. Isn't it GREAT when that happens? Now I am going to need to know all about this magically beautiful stuff...and see if I can get it here in Japan. Like PRONTO!
    Glad I could find you and I am excited to follow another 4th grade teacher. I am now going to rewind time on your blog and totally catch up on the NWP line of posts. Sounds like EXACTLY what I need to read.
    Thanks for sharing!!!!
    The Teacher Next Door

  2. Your clipboards are fabulous!! I had a go a few months back but it was a little too 'homemade' for my liking and these put mine to shame! Washi tape is such a great idea!

    Your blog is wonderful btw, came across it through Tara's linky and your lovely comment, bloglovin' here I come! I'm excited to keep picking up more great ideas :)

    Sorry About The Mess But...

  3. I've always wondered what to do with washi tape. I'm going to make those clipboards. Yours turned out fabulous! Great idea!

    Read With Me ABC

  4. I LOVE your washi tape projects. I LOVE the coaster idea. They turned out so cute! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!


  5. I love the coaster idea! I'm heading to Michael's later today and I'm sure some tape will jump right into my cart!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  6. Super cute! I haven't played with Washi tape yet, going to have to get on that :)

    I {Heart} Recess

  7. Love your Monday Made its! I've never used Washi tape, but I think you've convinced me to try it out.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  8. Love it! I actually got mine at Target and thought the same thing...I'll need some other colors for my boys. I plan to redo my drab clipboards with it. Thanks for sharing!


  9. The coasters are so lovely!! I think I need to get some of this Washi tape everyone has been talking about.
    Grade 4 Buzz

  10. Your coaster is great! I've been thinking about some type of coaster. Off to Michaels...

    A Very Curious Class

  11. Coaster - genius and so dang cute! I love how you can put your cup down without being careful. It's the little things, right? I still have about 8 mini-clipboards to mode-podge and I think I'm going to skip the scrapbook paper and get some wash-tape like you!
    :) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit

  12. Great idea for the coaster! I need to add that to my list. Everything turned out really cute!

    Wild & Fun in Pre-K

  13. Really like the coaster and the clipboard ideas!! I have a class set of clipboards that are that blah brown that I'd love to cover. I'll have to try one out to see if I can make mine as colorful and cute as yours!

  14. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...did I mention that I LOVE?
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  15. Love your projects. Clearly I need to get myself some washi tape. :)

  16. Your coasters are beautiful! I love the colors! I will have to make myself one for my desk at home. I currently use a several folded paper towels, but they don't look as pretty as your coasters! Thanks for sharing.

    Foreman Teaches

  17. I love the tiles and the clipboards! Where are you buying all your cute washi tape?

    My blog: Building a House of Love

  18. Both of your ideas turned out so cute! I especially love the clipboards they would be so fun to use in the classroom.

    Your Newest Follower,


    Sweet Little Things post

  19. GORGEOUS coasters!! Now I need to go make some with the washi tape that mysteriously ended up in MY buggy! ;)


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