Washi Tape Morning To Do Chart

Wowzers, it is almost back-to-school already! I am hoping your summer was as fun as ours: camp, fire pits, days at the lake, learning to swim(!), ice cream, and relaxation.  But since school is bout to be in full swing, let’s prepare ourselves for the craziness that will be school mornings. Shall we? Between draggin myself out of bed and getting a nutritious breakfast on the table I will also have to help a little someone get ready too. I have found that morning chore charts help everyone to get out the door with out making mommy want to tear her hair out.  Last year I whipped up a handy-dandy little Morning To Do Chart in no time at all with the help of washi tape.

Washi Tape Morning To Do Chart - illistyle.com

I used all of my favorite washi tapes from my stash and I think it took me about 3 minutes… You COULD make this the morning of the first day of school and still make it on time, it’s that easy! I simply wrote the items that consist of my daughters morning routine on a piece of tape and stuck it on the fridge. If you put something out of order, no problem, it’s washi tape! Move it to where it belongs in the line up and we are all good.

Fridge Morning to Do Chart made form washi tape - illistyle.com

I made two columns, one for “To Do” and one for “Done”. Once a task is completed your child can move the magnet from one column to the next. Now you don’t have to ask, “Have you made your bed?” You can look at the chart.  Of course, this will take some training, but after a few weeks you guys will be running smoothly.  And all thanks to the power of washi.
If your little sweetie is too young to read, I also have this free printable PDF visual chore chart. Just click on the image below for the download link then you can print t at home and use the same magnet moving method I mentioned above (holy cow that was a lot of “M”s in that sentence.)

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Enjoy these last moments of summer!

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Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial & Free Printables

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Hi illistylers!! For my contributor post this month I’m sharing a fun little Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial - perfect for mums to make with their kiddos! My Tooth Fairy Pillow is easy to make and the perfect project for beginner sewers since this only sews straight lines! I love the fun addition of the felt tooth to the pocket on the front and if you pop over to my blog Glitter Bug you’ll be able to download some Free Printable Tooth Fairy Notes for you to print and write on when you drop that bit of money in their special handmade Tooth Fairy Pillow pocket!!

You’ll need:

Printed fabric – at least ¼ metre or yard
Solid colour fabric – scraps will do – coordinating prints work too!
White felt
Adhesive rhinestones (optional)
Pink/Red marker (optional)
Sewing machine (or needle and thread)

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Step 1: Create your pillow pattern. We’re making a basic envelope pillow which will be 6.5 inches square. To make your pattern draw a rectangle on some paper. You’ll need to make the width you chosen size plus 1 inch. Then for the length you’ll need to double the height and add 6 inches. My pillow measurements are 7.5 inches wide X 19 inches high. Make your pocket to whatever size you like – I chose 4.5 inches wide X 4 inches high.

 Tooth Fairy Pillow

Step 2: Pin and cut your fabric. Pin your pattern to your fabric and carefully cut around it. You’ll just need one piece of each pattern.

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Step 3: Take your pillow piece and fold each end piece over twice and iron so the raw edges are hidden and you have a crisp hem. Pin them down and using your sewing machine carefully sew down the edge of the folded end, creating a hem. Repeat on the other end.

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Step 4: Fold down the top edge of your pocket piece twice and iron, like you did in the previous step. Repeat for each of the other sides. Sew along the TOP EDGE of the pocket piece only. Leave the remaining sides unsewn.

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Step 5: Cut your tooth pattern from your white felt. Using your hot glue gun glue down two black rhinestones to make eyes and using your pink/red marker and draw the mouth on. Hot glue your felt tooth onto the pocket piece. You can also hand stitch it on.

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Step 6: Pin your pocket piece in the centre of the front side of your pillow. Sew around the three sewn edges. DO NOT sew along the top pre-hemmed edge.

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Step 7: Lay your fabric pocket side up. Fold the two ends into the centre so they meet in the middle, overlapping the ends slightly. Pin down the open ends and sew them closed.

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Step 8: Turn inside the right way and insert your pillow!!

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Congratualtions!! You just made yourself your very own Tooth Fairy Pillow, how amazing are you!! Now wasn’t that easy? You can follow the basics of this tutorial (without the pocket and tooth) for easy pillow covers for any occasion! I think this would have been great to have as a kid – if you don’t feel like dropping such a small tooth into such a big pocket you can always purchase a tiny organza drawstring bag from the Dollar Store to pop the tooth in to make it easier to find at night!


Tooth Fairy Notes

To grab the Free Printable Tooth Fairy Notes simply stop by the blog, download and print! These are a great idea to leave behind in the pocket with their little money treat. Do you give your kids money from the Tooth Fairy or do you do something different?? When I was a kid we used to get $1-$2 per tooth but these days I’m seeing kids get $20 per tooth!! So tell me, what do you leave your kids from the Tooth Fairy??

DIY Chalkboard Teacher’s Gift Idea

 DIY Chalkboard Teacher's Gift Idea - illistyle.com

Happy Monday! If you enjoyed Friday’s Back To School Party with the Caffeinated Crafters, that’s good, because I am back with more school-related stuff :) Don’t shoot the messenger, but tick-tock loves, the school year is about to start, yikes!  If you are wondering what to get the new teacher, I have a cute tutorial for you with this DIY Chalkboard Teacher’s Gift Idea


1 – small chalkboard (this is the one shown, $2 at Michaels!)
1 – wooden, pre-painted apple shape (again, Michaels, $0.98!)
3 – No.2 Pencils (Sharpened to proper lengths to fit as shown)
Ribbon (1-2 designs)
Tape (Washi/Masking/cello)
Hot Glue Gun (not shown)

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1. Remove existing black string from chalkboard

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2. Position first ribbon across the top of chalkboard, covering the pre-drilled holes that the original black string hung from.  Use tape (washi/masking/whatever you have on hand) to hold the ribbon in position.

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 3. Flip chalkboard over and hot glue the ends to back of board.  Secure the second ribbon to the back of board just outside the existing pre-drilled holes, again, use the glory that is hot glue.  Once dry, flip to front and remove tape.

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4. Sharpen pencils to appropriate lengths to fit on chalk board

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 5. Using hot glue, secure pencils and pre-painted apple as shown below.

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6. And ta-da! You now have a super cute DIY Chalkboard Teacher’s Gift for the first day of school!

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How to make your own Ribbon Spools

Hi illistyle readers! It’s me Danielle from Glitter Bug. When I started my Etsy shop I had to obviously buy supplies. Those supplies started to stack up and since our office/craft room is FAR from complete it began to pile up everywhere – all over the current desk, on the broken computer chair we haven’t yet thrown out and of course ALL over the floor. So now instead of clear and empty waiting for its makeover it looks like a tornado tore through.

In an effort to get the ball rolling on storage solutions for when we can finally afford to finish that room (hopefully before we move next June!) I have started brainstorming easy, affordable (or free DIY solutions and this is the first one of the lot. Since I sell hair accessories it’s obviously that I need to have copious amounts of elastic on hand for orders and new designs. Unfortunately that said elastic comes all bundled neatly in its envelope – which in theory is fine except that when you use some of it it becomes harder and harder to keep it in that neatly wound bundle. So I needed a solution. Normally I’d hit up Pinterest but with the lack of people needing elastic storage it was pretty scarce over there. I eventually settled on spools to hold the elastic but couldn’t find any for a reasonable price so I decided to make my own which turned out to be easier than I thought!!

I’ve been considering re-doing these spools with 3mm MDF but with the thickness of the cardboard I used I’m kind of leaving that one on the back burner for the time being as these guys hold very well. And the best thing is they were FREE!! Yep FREE!!! Everything I used I already had on hand so it was a quick, free and easy DIY that fixed my problem of messy piles of elastic. So here are my DIY Ribbon Spools!! Or in my case DIY Elastic Spools! Below you will find the tutorial for how to make your own ribbon spools:

You’ll Need

Cardboard box – I used the cardboard from a set of sheets.
Toilet paper rolls – I used 2
Circle template
Hot glue gun
glue sticks
Ribbon or Elastic

1. Grab your cardboard, I used two pieces of cardboard from a set of sheets. I pinched it from my aunts house! It’s a medium weight cardboard with the ridges visible from one side. Make a circle template on Microsoft Word – my circle is 9cm across each way. Trace the circle onto your cardboard as many times as you need. You’ll need 2 circles per spool. Cut them out.

2. Grab one of your toilet paper (paper towel rolls) and mark the widths of your elastic/ribbon. For my needs I made 6 – 19mm widths, 5 – 10mm widths and 1 – 28mm widths. Determine your widths by measuring the width of your elastic/ribbon.

3. Grab your hot glue gun and run a thin line around the edge of the toilet paper roll and press firmly but gently onto the center of your cardboard circle. Run more glue around the top edge of the toilet paper and place the 2nd circle on the center just like you did with the last one.

4. Repeat with all your circles!
Now you’ve made a bunch of pretty cardboard spools!! Now just wrap your ribbon or elastic around the spools and pop them away for storage!! I know it seems like a lot of steps but really they aren’t that difficult to make and when you make a bunch of them at once it’s a lot of repetition and it’s great work to do while watching a movie!! Plus when the cost is NOTHING a few repeated steps are more than okay with me!!

I love my new DIY Ribbon/Elastic Spools and I can’t wait to work out something to put them into for permanent storage. I was considering a dowel but having to take them all off when I need to use one seems like an annoying hassle. Stay tuned for more DIY storage ideas on my blog as I work my way through the process of cleaning, designing and organising our office/craft room.

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illistyle Craft Stash Giveaway

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The tools of my trade include scissors, hot glue, glitter, ribbon, and felt.  To name a few.  I seriously love me some craft supplies.  I never know when inspiration will strike and I need Rit Dye,  or some cute mini clothes pins, or hot pink card stock.  If you love craft supplies too then you literally need to sit down.  If you are sitting then go ahead and brace yourself, no really, this is big.  30+ bloggers are GIVING AWAY craft supplies. Enter via the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win the illistyle craft stash giveaway:
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DIY Floral Headbands

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Hello my loves! I just want to thank our sponsor, Arrow Fastener, for inspiring this post… I have been busy busy lately! And it is all good!  Today I wanted to share with the how I made these super sweet DIY floral headbands. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. 3 pieces of Wrapped Floral Wire
2. Wire Nippers
3. Faux Flowers
4. 1/2″ wide Gross Grain Ribbon
5. Scissors
6. Hot Glue Gun (this is mine)


1. We want to start by making a frame for our flowers to be secured to. Wrap one piece of floral wire very loosely around a second piece (as shown below, left.) The wire may be difficult to wrap and want to lay flat on the table, this is good, you want it to lay flat on the table so it will lay flat against your head.

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2. Slide the third piece of floral wire through the openings (as shown above, right)

3. Wrap the entire frame around your head were you would like the band to sit, shaping the wire into a semi-circle.

4. Trim end of each side with wire nippers, as needed to create even edges. Set frame aside.

5. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon approximately 2-3″ long.

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6. Using hot glue, secure ribbon around base of each side to cover ends of wire and protect the wearer from harm.

How to make Floral Headbands - illistyle.com

7. Using wire nippers, cut flowers from stems, cut as close to bloom as possible. Set aside.

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8. Cut felt circles that will be large enough to cover the green area on the back of each flower.

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9. Using your hot glue gun, place a large dollop of glue on the back of a single flower. Place headband, upside down, onto flower and quickly place a circle of felt over the headband and exposed hot glue on the back of the flower.


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10. Repeat until all flowers are secure.

11. Wear that bad boy with wild hippy abandon!

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Would you wear one of these?

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Free 4th of July Printable

Happy Friday! You know what else would go with those super cute DIY firework napkins for your 4th of July tablescape? That’s right, a free 4th of July Printable :)

My country ’tis of thee was always one of my most favorite patriotic songs so I decided to make that the focus of my printable.  I can still remember singing it in school! Since it was considered one of the national anthems until the “The Star Spangled Banner” was adopted as the official anthem in 1931 (a little bit of history for you there), I used the first verse. Hope you enjoy it!

Right now mine is up on my fridge, but I’m definitely going to think of something cute to do with it closer to the holiday.  I love the 4th, family, friends, grilling, fireworks.  I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday as well! Please share how you display and decorate with the printable too!


To download the free, printable PDF simply click on the image below. (This printable is free for personal use, for licencing, please contact april {at} illistyle.com)


4th of July Place Settings and DIY Fireworks Napkins

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Happy summer! Welcome to the Caffeinated Crafters virtual 4th of July party! We like to make party planning easy so we each made something awesome and brought it together to make one lovely party.  I was in charge of the table settings. So I made these DIY Fireworks Napkins for us:

Fireworks Napkins DIY Tutorial - illistyle.com

They were super easy, and the tie dye appeals to my secret hippy side, so that’s a win win.  I personally like tea towels as napkins in my house because we like to make messes…. and I do not feel bad about letting my 4 year old use them.  But if I have to spend $6/napkin then I am less inclined to let the kiddo muss it up. So, there ya go.

You will need:

Tea Towels (I like these)
Rit Dye in Cherry Red
Small, clear hair ties (I prefer these)
Small drinking glasses
Dish gloves (not shown)

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How to:

1. Twist small sections of the towel and secure with multiple clear hair ties, set aside

DIY Firecracker Napkin tutorial - illistyle.com

2. Fill glasses with HOT water, then place 1/2 teaspoon of dye into each cup, stir to incorporate. Flip towel over and place twisted sections into dye cups, let sit approximately 5 minutes

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4. Wearing dish gloves, move towel to sink and rinse under hot water while removing hair ties

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5. Launder seperately

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Even though I have hippy tendencies, sometimes my lazy side wins and I use plastic silverware… but I AM a blogger so I bust out the blue mason jars for the BBQ.

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