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Washi Tape Storage and Organization Ideas

Updated on February 17, 2015
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One of the most important aspects of crafting is storage. It is easy to keep collecting supplies and not realize how disorganized your stash is until it is completely out of control. If you recently joined the washi tape trend and now have more rolls than you ever imagined possible, you may be finding yourself in that situation. The good news is that there are a number of inexpensive ideas and tutorials for storing washi tape with something for everyone. The sooner you can get your tape collection in order, the sooner you can get back to what you really want to be doing: crafting.


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  • Wire rack. There are lots of wire racks that are designed for storage or display that you can use to store washi tape. As long as the wires are long enough to hold multiple rolls of tape, the rack should work for your purposes. Check out this example from Play Party Pin.
  • Old shoebox or wooden crate with a dowel. If you don't mind sliding some of your rolls of tape off to access other rolls, a dowel storage system can be a good option. Michele at The Scrap Shoppe has a detailed tutorial for fitting a wooden crate with two dowels.
  • Wooden shelves with dowels. Another great storage solution with dowels is to fit wooden shelves with dowels. You may be able to find a shelving system designed specifically for craft storage or you may be able to find another piece that suits your purposes. Stamp-n-Storage has a good example of this concept.
  • Re-purposed mug tree. Grab an old mug tree that you aren't using or pick up a used one for cheap for your tape storage. This is a great option for people who want storage that is easily transportable and/or doesn't take up a lot of room on a desk or table. Kendra uses a mug tree for her washi tape storage. (Photo example below.)
  • Cork board with pins. You can use a cork board with pins for many different types of craft storage. As washi tape rolls are relatively light and thus only require a single pin each, they work well for this type of storage. Korrine Wojcik has an example of cork board storage with thread spools.


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  • Pants hanger. A tiered pants hanger is a great option for people who have small storage areas. It can hang on any closet rack or wall or door hook. They are readily available at most big box stores and Bed Bath 'n Beyond. In a similar fashion to the dowel storage systems, you have to slide out some or all of the rolls on each tier to get the specific tape that you need. I'd Rather Be Crafting has an example of pants hanger storage.
  • Hanging wire. This is another great option for smaller storage spaces. You may be able to purchase a pre-made hanger, but it is also simple enough to make one (or two...or three...) from a wire hanger. Check out pictures of hanging wires with washi tape at lili scratchy.
  • Straw dispenser. Straw dispenser storage took off as a ribbon storage solution first and is now a popular choice for washi tape storage as well. Some people also use sugar shakers and other tall, clear kitchen storage pieces. Safieh has some thoughts about straw dispenser storage.
  • Acrylic or plastic drawers, preferably see-through. You can find inexpensive acrylic or plastic shelves at big box stores, craft stores, and dollar stores. Keep your eye open for sales. Alternatively, you can scout thrift or secondhand stores. See-through drawers are ideal as they allow for easy viewing of your items. You may want to create labels for the individual drawers as well.
  • Re-purposed storage. The possibilities for re-purposed storage items are endless. Smashed Peas and Carrots stores her washi tape in an old soda crate that she was able to pick up for just $5. She also has a fun tutorial for making over an old tape dispenser that you can use for your washi tape. The Scrappy Jedi uses a spinning storage rack for her tape.

Re-purposed tree mug. What a great way to reuse an old item!
Re-purposed tree mug. What a great way to reuse an old item! | Source

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