Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Washi Tape Tricks and Easy Calendars

I know washi tape is all the rage, but to be honest--I haven't really jumped on board.  I kept telling myself that if I saw a project I REALLY wanted to do, I'd jump in.  That hasn't happened yet, but on one of my little shopping expeditions last week, I accidentally sort of bought a roll.  Just one.  It matched my classroom.  Don't judge.

So it sat on my counter looking cute for a few days until I went to ANOTHER store and bought my new desk calendar.  Now, if you knew me, you would know there is NO room on my desk for a calendar--so there must be another use.  Indeed you are correct.  I had a cute calendar set up every year for about 18 years.  Every month I would walk in on the first day and think "Shoot!  I have to change over the stupid calendar!"  I dreaded it.  I tried having students do it.  It just never worked.  So--call me lazy--a few years ago I took down all the thumbtacks, number cut outs, and decorations and slapped a desk calendar in the same spot.

It was brilliant.  I could write important dates on it.  I could cross off mistakes easily.  I could simply tear off a page on the first day of the new month.  I loved it.

So . . . last year I started writing students' birthdays on the calendar in fun colors with little designs on them.  It was kind of a fun way to celebrate their birthdays.  This year I thought I'd try a little something different--washi tape birthdays!  I simply cut a piece of fun washi tape to fit inside the box, wrote the students' names, and put them on the calendar.  It brightens it up while still allowing room in the box to write . . . like this


You'll notice that I also branched out and bought some highlighter tape to use for other key school events.  It brightens up the calendar but looks nice and tidy.  When I first got started, I realized how tedious it was to cut the equal pieces of tape so they were the same size (yes, things like that bug me).  I wanted them all cut at once instead of cutting a piece, labeling it, sticking it on the calendar, and repeating 24 times.  Check out what I figured out!


By taking a piece of washi tape and sticking it to waxed paper, you can cut a bunch of pieces at once, label them, and use them when you want!  It peels right off the waxed paper.  LOVE!



So . . . my calendar isn't cute.  It isn't beautiful.  But it IS easy and useful and FINISHED!  Thanks for stopping by!



23 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE this idea... can't wait to use it, or the washi tape on wax paper idea, in my classroom this year!!

    Mathematically yours,
    Jamie aka MissMathDork!

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  2. Mind=BLOWN! I love this idea and now am going to seriously have to find more ways to use washi tape in my classroom!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane
    4mulaFun

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    1. HA! I heard you are the washi tape queen!

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  3. My calendar is a regular Lego one and I do tge same thing. I like how your boxes are bigger though.

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    1. I do like the big boxes...I want to be able to "sort of" see it from across the room.

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  4. Love it! I'm like you I hadn't (yet) jumped on the Washi tape bandwagon but your idea is a must have!!!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits
    www,mrscorbitt.blogspot.com

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  5. I bought a write-on/wipe-off calendar for the same reason. What use is a calendar if I can't write important stuff on there, and see what's coming up the next week? I'm definitely going to be trying the washi tape idea...love it! And thanks for the waxed paper trick :)

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    1. My coworker uses a wipe off one and it works well for her. I like being able to add things to upcoming months so this one works for me!

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  6. I think that is an AMAZING idea! I also think it is very cute ;) They also sell those desk calendars with very "cutesy" things on them now-a-days, so those who want to do it but not sacrifice the cute factor could get one of those! :) I love it and just may have to implement this! :)

    ~Lindsay
    Just Keep Teaching

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    1. I haven't really shopped around for desk calendars--maybe next year I'll look for something more exciting!

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  7. I have yet to buy a roll of washi tape but I am thinking I may just have to get some. This is a great idea.

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    1. HA! The good news is, they aren't super expensive. . . it's just when you add them to the other 139 items in the cart . . .

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  8. I LOVE the idea of using a desk calendar as the classroom calendar! File this under "why didn't I think of that!?" :) Thanks for the great idea on the calendar and the Washi tape. I haven't bought any, either, but my small town doesn't carry any cool stuff like that!

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    1. Oh trust me. . . me life is filled with "Oh my . . . that would be such an easy idea" moments. Glad I could help!

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  9. I accidentally bought two rolls of Washi tape today... I don't even have any idea what to do with it. (I think your calendar looks lovely by the way.)
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I accidentally buy things all the time. Like Twix bars. ;)

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  10. Where can you buy this tape? I don't think I've seen it before.

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    1. Hi there! I got my roll at Target--but you will find a much bigger assortment at craft stores! Good luck!

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  11. Your idea inspired me to create a new job called Calendar Keeper. Their job for the week is to use markers to "pretty up" the boxes for the week by putting on class birthdays, upcoming events, field trips etc. They are also charged with researching and finding one National Day of during their week and adding it to the calendar. I could add some of that tape to their tool box.

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    1. What a GREAT idea! I love that! Let me know how that goes . . . you may be onto something really fun and creative!

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  12. A girl after my own heart! I love easy and simple.

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