For this week’s Let’s Play video, I’m letting myself be inspired by the everyday things around me like an empty pasta box. The shape of it, with that smiling window, made me smile every time I saw it.
Instead of tossing this box out, I covered it with washi tape to make a very silly gift box! I randomly grabbed a variety of washi tapes from my collection. I used 10 or so but could you use 1? Yes! Could you use 2 or 3? Yes!
It is play after all. There is no wrong way to cover an empty box that was destined for the trash with tape which means any way is the right way!
Watch Upcycling trash into a gift box with washi tape on YouTube
What is Let’s Play? It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play. Each month I share a specific strategy that helped me recapture the freedom and fun of play. This month’s theme is being inspired by the everyday. You can see more of the Let’s Play series here.
Giveaway! Leave a comment telling me what everyday things inspire you to get entered in the $50 Dick Blick gift certificate giveaway (more details below). I’d love to see what you’re creating- share it with us all in our Facebook community!
If it had a mouth, it certainly needed eyes! In the video, you’ll see where I didn’t get the eyes to my liking the first time. No big deal, just cut another set since this was not actual cosmetic surgery.
It was just too silly not to have a tongue sticking out. I just had to do it! Ended up being a bit long for a tongue but it’s not like this was an anatomically correctly face anyway.
Not surprisingly, I was impatient and didn’t want to wait for paint to dry so I had to be extra careful when painting the naked underside of the tongue with Dylusions paint.
This was very practical play for me today. I made a gift box that I needed. I used washi tapes instead of hoarding them which felt great. But most of all, I got to make that giant tongue!
Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.
Sharing your play: I, and a whole bunch of others, would love to see what you’re creating! We’re sharing it in the Facebook group called A Colorful Place to Play. Why Facebook? I’ve listened to your feedback about how and where you’d like to share your play instead of the link parties.
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So enjoyed your happy box video! As always your videos are fun !
That’s so fun. And such a brilliant idea too. Makes me wish I ate more pasta so I had the box to play with.
Fun idea – I love to find ways to reuse things. I am most inspired by everyday vintage objects. Love the colors, shapes, and history behind them.
I used the bag from oranges yesterday to create texture for my gelli prints. (Just signed up for your gelli plate workshop btw and can’t wait!!)
Too fantastic. What a gift box. xox
This is just so super cute and creative!!!
I save so many empty boxes, I feel like I could have a cardboard museum! Thanks for the inspiration. ?
Haha, I can relate to hoarding tapes and not using them… Lovely box 🙂
That put a smile on my face! Had to run to the pantry to see if I had that box. Not quite, mine has an oval, but will use it for the mouth anyway. Thanks so much for the inspiration.
This turned out so cute! Loved watching the video you always make me laugh.
Love your goofy gift-bag. That hole in the label was perfect for the mouth!!! lol… That tongue just makes me giggle.
I get inspired by all sorts of everyday things. Lately I have been saving my leftover inky paper towels and baby wipes for future projects….altered jars, etc. I love the randomness of the splotches and blotches.
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cool fun idea Carolyn
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This is such a smart, fun, and cute way to reuse cardboard pasta boxes. Thank you for sharing this great idea. Looking at nature inspires me to craft and create art. I like the simplistic yet beautiful feeling nature gives.
I pinned one of your color lifting cards that said hello. It was so cute! ? I really love your crafts
Love your washi tapes!? I will never look at a rotini pasta box the same way again without imagining a smiley face! People like you inspire me to craft.
Thanks for this idea! I’m going to do this on school with the children in my class
2 words………….TOO CUTE!!
Oh, how cute and fun!!!
Thank you for such a great article. Keep it up.