Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Washi Tape Projects

Do you:
  • Have a stash of washi tape at home and are brainstorming for your next project?
  • Love looking at washi tape because it's so pretty but can't think of an excuse to buy some?
  • Not know what the hell washi tape is but get the feeling it's all over Pinterest and Etsy?



If so, read on!

Washi tape is a Japanese crafting tape, similar in texture to masking tape, made in lovely colors and patterns. A roll of it will run you between $2 - $7, depending on the retailer. Over the past couple years, washi has gotten incredibly popular with crafters, and is readily available on Etsy.com, at Paper Source, or any craft store (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc.).

I used to eye tons of washi tape online, not knowing what I'd actually do with it, before I took the plunge and bought some (warning: it gets a bit addictive). Now that I have a bunch, though, it makes for loads of quick craft projects, and if you work off the same rolls of tape, you end up with coordinated decor lying around! Here are a few of my past washi tape projects to help you brainstorm:

Greeting Cards



Washi tape is a quick and easy way to add a lot of color to handmade greeting cards. I made these for the holidays last year and my only supplies were 10 rolls of tape and a rubber stamp.

Banners



A washi pennant banner would be perfect for a party or special occasion. I made this one to hang full-time above the TV in our living room to add a pop of color to the wall.

To make this banner, I cut 30 squares out of card stock (I actually used white business card stock from Paper Source, so I just had to cut each one in half to make squares). I then covered each square in three rows of washi tape, clipped the sides off to make triangles, and use a hole punch in two corners of each one. Then I hung it with a simple white ribbon.

Vases / Votive Holders



These decorated mason jars are pretty enough to sit empty on a bookcase, or they can hold flowers or floating candles.

Centerpieces



Okay, admittedly, these are Easter eggs covered in washi tape. But you could cover foam balls, rocks, mini boxes, or whatever to fill a centerpiece.

Washi Tape Tips

Like masking tape, washi isn't the stickiest of tapes. For some projects you might to reinforce the adhesive by providing a coating or sealer.

For a pennant banner (or anything where you're completely covering an area of paper with tape), first apply the tape to a larger area, then cut your desired shape out. The cut edges will stick much better than the end of the tape you handle with your fingers.

For the greeting cards, I actually ended up spraying all of them with an acrylic sealer to help keep the edges down. It was a slightly annoying step, but only took a couple minutes when I laid out all the cards on newspaper (in a well-ventilated area!).

When covering the plastic Easter eggs, I used a bunch of randomly-sized torn pieces of each tape until the egg was coated. To help keep the edges down, I then coated the eggs with a layer of Modge Podge using a foam brush. This step isn't essential, especially if you're only displaying them for a short period of time.


I'd love to hear other ideas for washi projects!

2 comments:

  1. 4. Not have the faintest idea what washi tape is and have never even heard of it?

    But now I know. Soon I will be wrapping the cats in it.

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  2. Actually washi tape reminds me of all the colored masking tape you used to have in your lab! And I used to like playing with that too, except I couldn't think of a good outlet.

    If I knew then what I know now...

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