Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Washi' been up to? Let me tell you......

My sister is in the process of planning my niece's 5th birthday and as she was showing me ideas for the party, she showed me some beautiful masking tape. 

She was so smitten by it and I think I know why.  The tape she showed me is called WASHI TAPE. It's Japanese tape made of paper or fabric, it is indeed beautiful, but a little pricey, especially when you have the DIY mentality like many of us do.

So dear sister this one is for you....

 Delicious, fun colours...

It even makes plain lined paper look pretty
(I love 'just because' gifts)

Tender and sweet for a baby shower...

 You could use it to spruce up a gift tag....

Or make cut outs...I had a little fun and cut out a heart.....

 and tape them together to make a little quilt effect
(Christie, this one is for you)

You can cut the tape into any size you like,
or you can tape the entire strip as a ribbon....

 Would you like to make your own? 
I'm glad you do 'cause I made a little tutorial for you!

 You will need:
Masking tape (any size you like)
White glue or Mode Podge
Sand paper
Wax paper

Tape masking tape onto wax paper and lightly sand
the masking tape.  You are trying to remove the sheen
 and make the surface porous so the fabric adheres.

Brush a light coat of glue or Mod Podge onto tape

Glue fabric on and smooth out with credit card (I used
the roll of tape to press it down).  Make sure to iron
the fabric in advance so there are no wrinkles.

The amount of glue has to be just right because if you put too much, it will show through the fabric even when it dries.  If it's too little, it will lift. You will have to experiment a little.

TIP: you can see from some of the pictures that the fabric is fraying a little.  You can buy a fray stopping liquid or spray (I'm not sure what it's called or in what form it comes in, but I know it exists).

Let it completely dry and cut out the strips.
You now have your own homemade washi tape.

Wasn't that easy?  I am in love with the results. You can use any fabric, an old shirt you have laying around or even an old pair of jeans. I started going through hubby's old shirts last night to make some more.

The kiddies were so curious who the present was for.  I told them it had hugs and kisses inside, and if they wanted some that they could open it...and they did!  And momma smooched them and squeezed them tight! I love those little monkeys! :o)

Now I understand why my sister was so excited about this beautiful Japanese tape.

Here are some more beautiful IDEAS on how you can use washi tape.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a wonderful week!

much love,

Please go here to see some more of my washi fun


  1. Super-clever idea! I love that you can use any fabric you want to coordinate with your gift or occasion. Love it!

  2. Sooo cute! What a wonderful creative mind you have!

  3. Oh now, this is so fantastic! I have a huge crush on all things Japanese and I will definetly be giving this a try! The packages you sampled with are darling!! It really would make any package even more special!

  4. What a great idea. Where do I become a follower.

  5. Great idea- The product is called Fraycheck..and I have used it before. However..a bit of clear Elmer's glue (kids kind) works just as well to stop fraying. Great idea here!!! Hugs- Diana

  6. What a cute idea! I can't wait to try this one.
    You are so very clever Lucy, thanks.

  7. What a great idea. I love the look. Also, yep elmers glue and I have also used clear liquid nail polish...haha remember how that works on the ole nylons back in the day?

    New follower for ya right here.
    Love to have you swing by my blog and check it out.
    Take care.

  8. Great idea! I love fabric too, so any place I can use them makes me happy!
    Also, thanks for the nice comment on my blog!

  9. Oh my gosh, this idea is fabulous! I can't wait to try it out myself with all my left over fabric. Cheers ~ Elizabeth

  10. I am going to feature you and this project on Thursday.


  11. WOW! This is genius. I just did a Fun Friday Finds dedicated to Washi Tape crafts--I so wish I would have seen yours then. Great job

  12. That is pretty cool tape. It could be used a quick and easy way to add color to plain paper. :o) I saw your pic on the Trendy Treehouse blog hop. Your's was posted as a "fave" from last week. I think it's one of my faves now. Enjoy your Wednesday. :o)

  13. Oh my goodness, what a fantastic idea! Perfect for adding a finishing touch to so many things! Thank you for sharing a wonderful tutorial.

  14. That's awesome! I can't wait to make some. I used my original washi tape to decorate my daughter's closet door: http://sweetandlovelycrafts.blogspot.com/2010/11/oh-happy-tape.html

  15. Wow! What a fantastic and easy way to make our own washi tape...that's anything from fun & whimsical to beautiful to boot! :>

  16. This is SOOO helpful and creative- thank you for sharing!!!!

  17. You can do the same thing with double sided tape (I used 2" wide scor tape) It ups the expense a little bit, but it's still way cheaper than washi tape.

  18. wow the last comment on here, is from Nov 23,2012---anywho I love this idea and will surely be trying this out in my scrapbook projects. Glad I came across this!!!!Love it!!!!

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