Make It! Self Care Squares from The Declaration of You!

(The following tutorial was previously published in The Declaration of You! by Jessica Swift and Michelle Ward, copyright 2013; republished here courtesy of

The idea here is to create a visual reminder to make time for your self care. These squares can be taped to your computer monitor. The computer is usually the culprit behind the excuse that we have too much to do, and we don’t want the computer to win! You can also put these reminders on your television, mirrors, fridge or any other place that you feel you need it.

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Self Care Squares

What You Need

  • solid colored cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • scissors
  • glue or rubber cement
  • markers
  • popsicle stick(s)
  • clear tape
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Self-Care Squares Step 1

1. To get started, cut the patterned paper to any shape you’d like. You want the size to be big enough that you notice it, but not too big or else it won’t stay up when you tape it.

Step 2

Self-Care Squares Step 2

2. Then, from the cardstock, cut a shape that’s a bit smaller than the patterned shape.

Step 3

Self-Care Squares Step 3

3. Glue the cardstock shape to the patterned paper.

Step 4

Self-Care Squares Step 4

4. To spruce things up, you can cut thin strips of a third kind of paper to create a fancy border, if you like.

Step 5

Self-Care Squares Step 5

5. Glue these strips around the cardstock shape to frame it.

Step 6

Self-Care Squares Step 6

6. Now you’re ready to write your friendly self-care reminders! If you’re stuck as to what to write, the Ways I Take Care of Myself worksheet (the first one in this chapter) might be a good place to start.
Embellish however you please with stickers, glitter, markers, etc. The sky’s the limit!

Step 7

Self-Care Squares Step 7

7. Once you’re finished, glue your popsicle stick to the back of the self-care square and tape it to your computer. Now you’ll never forget your Me Time!

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This tutorial was originally published in The Declaration of You! by Jessica Swift and Michelle Ward (and the book’s mascot, Pierre François Frédéric), copyright 2013; republished here courtesy of

Declaration of You_160To learn more about or purchase a copy of The Declaration of You! click here.

You can also watch a video of Pierre François Frédéric explaining the book here.





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