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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Handmade Washi Tape

I heard about washi tape a while ago and wondered what I could do with it. It's so pretty, I just had to find a use for it! I love pretty papers and anything Japanese, so what's not to like about washi tape??

Washi tape, by the way, is basically a Japanese decorative masking tape.

Anyway, I'm about to launch my new range of personalised photos and colouring books and thought that washi tape would make the perfect finish to the books. So yesterday I finally got around to making some and here is the result:

Cute eh?!

To make your own, simply stick some double-sided tape onto your paper and trim along the edge. Wind it up and hold it in place with a miniature peg or similar. That's it - ready to use!

I found that slightly heavier paper worked better than tissue paper (found tissue paper wrinkled a bit), but you can use anything you like, even fabric. And for a wider tape, I just stuck two strips of tape side by side.

Although it's not masking tape and doesn't have that transparency, it still works for what I want to use it for.

I'll hopefully show you the finished colouring books very soon... They will make ideal Christmas gifts (sorry, I know summer hols have only just started!) and are also perfect for long journeys. I was hoping to get them on sale before the holidays started, but never mind!


  1. Wow, I'm really ,really impressed! I don't think I'd have the patience, or the dexterity, to do that taping, and wrapping:)


  2. Ah, thank you! Time will tell if I keep at it:)

  3. Ah! Was looking at some online the other day wondering what it was! *Adds to list of things to try*

    Thanks for popping over & commenting on the Real post! X

    1. Now you know:) The Internet just gives you a never-ending list of things to do doesn't it?! x


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