Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this year, as we will be celebrating the occasion in Adelaide, I thought of giving my mum an early Mother’s Day gift, on behalf of Noah, of course.
3M Scotch® recently released a gorgeous new line of tapes, and I was really bummed to have missed the launch party, because I love their products. Thankfully, the good folks at 3M very kindly sent me some tapes, and suggested that I use them to come up with some Mother’s Day crafts.
The tapes I received
I went online to look for some ideas on what to do, and found some that look quite nice and easy. After watching this video of a Duct Tape Ziplock Coin Pouch, I got it into my head to make one too, but then I realised that the Scotch® Expressions tape was masking tape, not duct tape, but I was too caught up in the whole idea already, and decided to go ahead and use the masking tape instead.
I also really liked this striped photo frame that I saw on My Activity Room, which is an online resource that provides creative ideas and projects for various occasions, using Scotch® and Post-it® products. These activities are suitable for kids and adults alike, so for those of you with older children, you can definitely find some interesting projects on the site to work on with your kids!
Personally, I didn’t think that Noah would be capable of helping me with the striped photo frame, so I thought that I would create a simple personalised card for the frame, and he could help me with that instead. I came up with a really simple template, and intended to cut out all the letters, so that Noah could paste the colourful tape randomly on a sheet of paper to be attached behind the cut out sheet. Then I figured that I should be less ambitious, and cut out only the heart shape. (I actually want to save some tape, because I love the tape too much to let him use so much of it at one go!)
Here’s my step-by-step photo guide of how to make your very own Masking Tape Ziplock Coin Pouch, and ‘I Love Grandma’ card.
Masking Tape Ziplock Coin Pouch
What you’ll need:
1. Scotch® Expressions Masking Tape ($6.90 per roll)
2. Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape ($3.90 per roll and $9.90 for a pack of three)
3. Small Ziplock bag
4. Scissors and/or craft knife
5. Cutting board (I got mine at Daiso)
1. Cut eleven strips of the Scotch® Expressions masking tape, each approximately 12.5cm long.
2. Paste five of the strips together by overlapping them slightly. Don’t worry if you’ve made a mistake, as you can easily remove and reposition them.
3. Peel the entire sheet off the board carefully, and flip it over, sticky side facing up.
4. Paste the remaining six strips of tape on top of the sheet, taking care to layer them as well.
5. Seal the edges by folding over and taping down the excess sticky bits of the tape.
6. Cut out the zipper from the ziplock bag, taking care to leave a bit of the plastic bag, so that you can tape the zipper to your masking tape sheet. Trim the zipper to the same length as the shorter end of your masking tape sheet.
7. Make sure you trim away the edges of the zipper, so that it can be separated.
8. Cut two strips each of the Scotch® Expressions Magic™ tape and Scotch® Expressions masking tape, each approximately 11.5cm long.
9. Use one strip of the magic tape to tape one side of the zipper onto the top of your masking tape sheet, and use a strip of the masking tape to tape the bottom part of the zipper down.
10. Do the same for the other side of the zipper, onto the other end of the masking tape sheet.
11. Fold the masking tape sheet into half, making sure that the zipper clicks into place properly.
12. Use the Scotch® Expressions Magic™ tape to seal up the sides. You can fold the excess tape down over the sides, or trim it off carefully. Personally, I think it’s better to tape it down, to make it a little more secure.
13. TA-DAH! You now have a home-made Scotch® Expressions Masking Tape Ziplock coin pouch! You can also use it to store your cards if you like.
‘I Love Grandma’ card (for photo frame)
What you’ll need:
1. Scotch® Expressions Magic™ tapes (the more the merrier)
2. Scotch® Expressions Washi tapes ($3.90 – $6.90)
3. A5-sized photo frame (I got mine from Daiso)
4. ‘I Love Grandma’ template printed out (Free download of my super simple template here.)
5. Cutting board (From Daiso)
6. Craft knife (Also from Daiso)
7. Paper clips
1. Print out the ‘I Love Grandma’ template. I only had white paper available, but you can use coloured paper if you like. Do note that my template is A4-sized, so in order to get an A5-sized version of it, you need to select ‘2’ under the ‘Copies per page’.
2. Use the craft knife to carefully cut out the heart shape. If you’re particularly handy with a craft knife, go ahead and cut out the other letters too.
3. Using paper clips, attach a blank piece of paper behind the template.
4. Cut pieces of the Scotch® Expressions Magic™ tapes and Scotch® Expressions washi tapes, and paste them on the blank piece of paper, behind the cut-out heart shape.
5. Decorate the front of the template with as much tape as you like. Remove paper clips, then pop your completed design into the photo frame.
Because this is so simple, Noah was supposed to help me with it, but the little boy conveniently decided to take a nap instead. I’m going to get him to work on the other one another day, since it will probably help develop his focus and fine motor skills. The best part about the Scotch® Expressions tapes is that they adhere securely to various surfaces, yet can be easily removed or repositioned, so it doesn’t matter if Noah makes a mess on the template, because I can simply reposition them.
I hope these two simple crafts will have given you some ideas on what to do with your little ones for Mother’s Day! For more ideas, do check out My Activity Room. Have fun!
Disclaimer: I was given the Scotch® Expressions tapes in the first photo, and no monetary compensation was received for this post. I got the idea for the ziplock coin pouch from this video. All other photos and text in this post are my own.
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