You guys, preparing for Bear’s first birthday bash was so much fun! I think because I sacrificed so much sleep when I was organising Jamie’s first birthday party and it all ended up being such a mad rush at the very end, I forced myself to be much more organised and disciplined this time round. Two weeks prior, I started gathering ideas. Ten days prior, I worked out exactly what I wanted to do. Nine days prior, I ordered everything online. And then in the week leading up to the big day, I blocked out every bit of spare time I had to work on all the different stuff: the party favours, the cake, the icing, the streamers backdrop, the crafting activity, the posters, the setup, the fairy bread, etc. You get the idea. It all paid off because when people started drifting in on the day, I was showered, I was dressed, I was calm, and I was not sweating. Yippee!
When I stumbled up on these gorgeous egg cartons by Design Mom, I knew immediately I wanted to do something similar for the party craft, especially with the approach of Easter. Design Mom’s method was simply to paint the boxes. However, I didn’t necessarily want kids getting their nice party clothes dirty with paint, and I also didn’t want the bother of having to provide art smocks for everybody. When I sat down and thought about it for a while, it quickly dawned on me that kids could easily re-create the same decorative effect with washi tape! Seriously, washi tape is like the answer to most of life’s questions.
Anyway, after ordering about nine different rolls of washi tape from Notemaker, we put out the request at church for spare egg cartons and within a few days, I had a tall stack of them at home. First, I discarded all the cartons which had egg yolk in them (giving kids salmonella was not on my list of things to do) and then I peeled all the labels off. Then it was simply a matter of painting the tops of the egg cartons with white paint. (Initially, I was going to paint the bottoms as well but when I realised how time-consuming it was, I decided to just do the tops.) I ended up doing two coats on each carton to give them a nice, opaque coverage.
After all the cartons were dry, it was then simply a matter of coming up with a few sample designs for the kids to copy if they wanted to do. I took inspiration from Design Mom’s designs, and also came up with the idea of creating a simple word like ‘HELLO’ using the tape. In case the kids got bored with the washi tape, I also had several small jars of Crayola so that they could draw on their cartons as well.
On the day, I stacked the cartons in a pyramid and popped my sample ones on top. It was really fun watching all the children get to work on the cartons as the party progressed. I’d placed the craft table in the centre of the hall so that there was enough space around the table for both parents and kids to work on the cartons together. This proved to be a pretty good idea. To my surprise, there was plenty of washi tape leftover after the party, which means I now have a gorgeous supply of them to enjoy to my heart’s content! In other words, everyone wins.
Have a lovely Easter weekend, everybody! (What are you guys up to?)