simple craft: kid’s toiletry case
Valor is big enough now that I feel like he needs to brush his teeth nightly, even on vacations. So I got him a toothbrush holder for our upcoming trip to the mountains with the Lis. Unfortunately that meant I could no longer fit all his toiletries into their little, battered ziplock bag. So as a coming-of-age rite I decided to personalize Valor a “real” bathroom bag for his toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clippers, hair brush, diaper cream, etc. that we take on trips.
I got 2 nesting zippered bags at WalMart for $5 and personalized the clear vinyl one with stickers I already had. I applied the stickers to the sticky side of a length of packing tape, then carefully stuck the packing tape inside the vinyl bag with the stickers caught between the vinyl and the tape to keep them waterproof. I think it turned out pretty well.
The tricky part was not getting the tape dirty with fingerprints or lint while I worked with it. Also, doing a design with no straight lines in it helped, since it’s almost impossible to get the tape completely straight inside the bag. Avoid really 3-D stickers that will be hard to slick flat under the tape.
You could do this for personalized birthday party favors, for a pencil/pen case for kids’ backpacks, or gift bags for teen girls as well. My reward was showing it to Valor and hearing him say, “Ohhhhhhh, ‘MENT mixer! Ohhhhhhhh, DUMP ‘ruck!”