Christmas gift tags are one of those things that seem insane to me to buy. I’ve made them before by printing Christmassy icons on return address labels. This year, I decided to destroy the mini-ions artwork for the sake of Christmas.
One day in late November when things were starting to get a little out of control in the afternoon, I got the watercolors out for the mini-ions to paint cardstock. Luckily my mini-ions don’t like to stop at just one, they’ll go several pieces in. I let them dry and put them on the shelf for a while.
As I knew the time was approaching to wrap presents, I waited until I thought the mini-ions were involved playing to get out the watercolors and the extra large paper punch. I first knew I wanted one of these paper punches when I saw my crafty friend use them to punch out gift tags for the favors of her daughter’s birthday party. I bought it for the gift bags of the Mickey Mouse birthday party I threw in the spring. Dear husband thought it was a one-time use tool. Silly Dear husband!
Unfortunately, my sneakiness wasn’t sneaky enough and Mini-ion #1 caught me and wanted to be a part. As I knew I had a bunch of back up watercolors, I took a deep breath, showed him how to punch the holes, then use the scissors to trim to get to the interior piece and let him at it. I couldn’t find the child-sized scissors, so he had to use adult sized. And he did great. I was able to back-off and do some dishes and my little Montessori boy did his work.
You know how sometimes you get “helped” by the children and many times it actually makes your life much more difficult? This wasn’t one of those times. It was a big help. I had another of these moments with Mini-ion #1 last Christmas, decorating Christmas cookies, where I tried to sneak away to do it myself, was found, but ended up being really happy I was. These beautiful watercolor Christmas tags are not only a way of sharing the mini-ions art adventures, but also a beautiful product of letting go and letting Mini-ion #1 help!