Here lately, the kids have been getting invited to a lot of birthday parties. Don't get me wrong I'm glad they have friends and are getting invited to such things but it can be expensive. We have to go out, find a present, and get something to put it in. And when I say “we” I usually mean me since nobody wants to go do this errand for some reason. At least, it saves me from someone begging for a toy for themselves. Got to look at the bright side here people!
When it comes to their friend's birthday presents I try to aim for $15-20 unless it looks I spent more than that. If I can regift something the kids didn't want or use an item that I reviewed all the better. I guess I'm cheap.
Anyway, that price usually doesn't include the gift bag or tissue paper. I try to save gift bags and tissue paper that we receive to reuse but that doesn't last long. For some reason, everyone's parties have been on the same day. The last two times it's been back to back parties on Saturday. People know just how to time it too so that your Saturday is pretty much gone.
Thankfully, I can now check tissue paper off my errand list. I now have a HUGE stockpile of tissue paper. Check and check. I love this tissue paper by Aspicio Products. It's bright and colorful, having pretty much every color I can think of. There're 25 different colors and 100 sheets of tissue paper. Each sheet is a great size measuring 19 2/3″ X 29 1/2″. I'd probably only have to use one of these in a gift bag. Yes! I now have plenty to use for gift bags and craft projects!
Speaking of craft projects. With my abundance of tissue paper, I just had to do something crafty with it for St. Patrick's Day. For Valentine's Day, I saw all kinds of cute tissue paper suncatchers on Pinterest and thought why not a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day!? So that's what I did but made it a slight twist being rainbow instead of green. I think it's more fun this way!
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Easy Rainbow Shamrock Suncatcher
- tissue paper
- adhesive contact paper
- a marker
- a shamrock shape
First, I separated the rainbow colors from my huge bulk of tissue paper. Remember Roy G. Biv. I sliced about an inch strip up the sides of each tissue paper color. The paper was folded, giving me plenty to use.
Then, I cut each strip into squares and separated them into piles for my son. I laid out a piece of contact paper sticky side up and had my son place the tissue squares on it. We aimed for the tissue square area to be about the size of the shamrock we had previously cut out on cardstock. Please excuse the iPhone pictures.
Once, we had used all of our tissue paper squares for the rainbow shamrock suncatcher we also decided to make a camo rainbow suncatcher with the remaining squares. I think it turned out great! We then placed the second piece of contact paper on top of the one we were working on sticky side down. So that the tissue paper squares are sandwiched between two pieces of contact paper.
We traced a shamrock shape onto each tissue paper square area and cut them out. We stuck them to the windows with double-sided tape.
I think they are bright and fun. So much better than plain ole green! They brighten up our windows and keep us smiling. Stay lucky this St. Patrick's Day and chase the rainbow!
What are you doing for St. Patrick's Day?