Washi Paper Project
Make Dyed Washi Paper and Listen to Short Stories

Just like our fellow crafters, we’re making a lot of handmade gifts this year for the holidays. Once the projects are completed, you need to wrap them in something, so why not branch out and try this delightfully fun and easy Dyed Washi Paper project from Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff? (Get the project here.) You’ll have one-of-a-kind wrapping paper that people will want to reuse.

Once you get the hang of it, making dyed washi paper won’t take much time, so it’s the perfect project to pair with an audiobook of short stories. Try listening to one of these:

Big Cats
Author: Holiday Reinhorn
Read By: Various

Listening to a cast of narrators that ranges from Helen Hunt and Peter Krause to Rainn Wilson and Lili Taylor, you’ll stay engaged and breeze through your project.
Listen to an excerpt Big Cats

Five-Carat Soul

“A pinball machine zinging with sharp dialogue, breathtaking plot twists and naughty humor…. McBride at his brave and joyous best.” ‒New York Times Book Review
Listen to an excerpt Five-Carat Soul


Paris for One and Other Stories

Quintessential Jojo Moyes, Paris for One & Other Stories is an irresistibly romantic collection filled with humor and heart. 
Listen to an excerpt Paris for One & Other Stories


Sam the Cat
Author: Matthew Klam
Read By: Matthew Klam

The New Yorker magazine named Matthew Klam one of the twenty best young writers in America. His stories crackle with humor, intelligence, and style.
Listen to an excerpt Sam the Cat and Other Stories

Trust Me
Author: John Updike
Read By: John Updike

The theme of trust, betrayed or fulfilled, runs through this collection of short stories from multi-award-winning author John Updike.
Listen to an excerpt Trust Me

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Project reprinted from Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff. Copyright © 2017 by Christine Schmidt. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Aubrie Pick. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.