Talent Feature: Christmas Filled with Amazing Grace
When you see Grace for the first time, you’d think to yourself, “This lady definitely lives up to her namesake.” With a graceful and sophisticated presence, this lady is clearly not your stereotypical housewife.
Being a career-minded woman, Grace once worked her way up the corporate ladder in a renowned international rm. She even worked in China as an expatriate for a couple of years. At that point, she was almost unstoppable in her career. However, when her rst child was born, she took the bold decision to drop everything and focus on being a
Needless to say, Grace did not stop there. With that same drive and passion she has within her, she continues to strive towards becoming the best version of herself, both as a mother and an individual. In her own experience of being a new mother, she realised the need for healthy food suited for younger children in the market. That was when she moved on to become a Dr. Sears Certi ed Health Coach and started her own baby food business, Little Baby Grains. After receiving a great response, she moved on to her next business venture, which is a children’s clothing line called Petite Little Troupers.
Since then, Grace has never looked back. From being a corporate lady, to a stay-at-home mom, and now an entrepreneur juggling two businesses, and a successful blogger; she is de nitely an inspiration to anyone who has ever doubted themselves.
On her blog, she shares tips on parenting, self-development, homemaking, entrepreneurship and pretty much everything else along the way. Reading her content would leave you feeling empowered and motivated, gearing you to become the best version of yourself.
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In the spirit of Christmas, we asked Grace to share with us tips to create a simple, foolproof DIY festive decoration. This creation is easy to recreate with your children, and works great if you have a small space but do not want to miss out on the Christmas mood!
DIY WASHI TAPE CHRISTMAS TREE
PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY GRACE CH’NG
Christmas is around the corner, but I haven’t set up my Christmas tree. In fact, I’m wondering if I should. Last year, both kids pulled off whatever low-hanging fruit they could reach, and by “low- hanging fruit”, I am referring to the Christmas ornaments on my Christmas tree. Anything that was within their reach was not spared, and my poor baubles suffered quite a few scratches from being thrown around.
I didn’t blame them. After all, Dozer was only 3 years old and Baby Dino was 1. Here’s Baby Dino posing with our tree last year, giving me a cheeky grin, a few seconds before pulling off said baubles.
This year, they’re older but I’m not so sure that their naughtiness has reduced at all. I’d be lucky, in fact, if they haven’t gotten naughtier. (roll eyes) But... how can I get through Christmas without a Christmas tree?
How about a Washi Tape Christmas Tree?
DIY Washi Tape Christmas Tree only requires 2 items: Washi Tape and Scissors.
WHAT IS WASHI TAPE ?
The word “washi” is actually Japanese (you probably guessed that already):
Wa 和: Japanese Shi 紙: Paper
Washi is a favourite in the arts and crafts department because this paper – which is processed by hand and made in the traditional manner – is generally tougher than ordinary paper. The popular origami crane, for example, is folded from washi.
Washi tape came into existence about 10 years ago when a group of artists approached a
Japanese masking tape manufacturer to make colourful masking tape! Essentially, washi tape is masking tape, except that it is called washi because it’s made from Japanese rice paper. Since then, washi tape has taken the (arts and crafts) world by storm and you can easily find it in places like Daiso.
Since washi tape is masking tape, it means that it won’t leave a mark on the wall, making it a perfect choice for a DIY crafty Christmas tree!
As a plus point, it’s a simple DIY activity that only requires 2 items: washi tape and a pair of scissors. If you’re a mother like me, you know that the simpler the activity, the better.
CHOOSE A WALL
2: CUT A REALLY LONG PIECE
It is a good idea to get the kids to hold the tape in order to alleviate some pestering.
3: PASTE THE WASHI TAPE HORIZONTALLY ON THE WALL ABOUT 1-2 FEET FROM THE FLOOR
I’m sorry. I tried to get the kids to move to show you the first tape, but they wouldn’t budge. So here’s the first piece of washi tape featuring Baby Dino and the bum.
4: CUT A SHORTER LENGTH OF WASHI TAPE
If your child is about 4 years old like Dozer, he should be able to use a pair of scissors pretty well, so again, it’s a good idea to get the older kids to cut the tape in order to alleviate more pestering.
5: LET YOUR CHILDREN HAVE SOME FUN ALONG THE WAY
I uh... don’t know what they’re doing. OK, let’s move on.
6. JUST KEEP GOING. THE IDEA IS TO KEEP STICKING WASHI TAPE ONTO THE WALL IN A ROUGH TRIANGLE-LIKE SHAPE SO THAT IT HAS SOME RESEMBLANCE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE.
If your Christmas tree doesn’t work out, you could always use it as a wall ruler to measure your kid’s height in the future.
7. KEEP CUTTING AND STICKING THE WASHI TAPE ONTO THE WALL.
The lengths don’t have to be accurate. Just eyeball them roughly and then snip, and paste!
8: FINALLY, USE THE WASHI TAPE TO MAKE A STAR OUTLINE AND SOME VERTICAL LINES AS THE TREE STUMP!
Tadaa! Presenting my very skinny washi tape Christmas tree!
Since this was my first attempt, here are some tips for improvement which you can take note of when you’re making your own washi tape Christmas tree!
Try sticking your tape closer to each other. As you can see, mine was too sparse.
Longer lengths of washi tape will make the tree fatter unless you like skinny trees like mine.
The aim of this activity is FUN WITH THE KIDS! (Not a beautiful Instagram-worthy washi tape Christmas tree.)
That’s it! Something simple that you can try out with the kids, yet novel at the same time!
I hope you enjoyed this article and in closing, remember, it’s about MEMORIES AND FUN! Even if your washi tape Christmas tree ends up looking bad, believe me, the kids will always remember it as the best time of their lives!