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Washi Tape Ideas and Tips

Updated on March 10, 2017
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Best Washi Tape Craft Ideas

I have just discovered wahsi tape and I have to say that I am excited about all the possibilities for this embellishment in my cards, scrapbooks and papercrafts. It is so versatile and comes in so many patterns and colors. Wait till you see what can be done with this stuff !

How do you describe washi tape? It's like a very delicate masking tape, but oh so much prettier ! It comes from Japan and is actually made of paper. The best part for a crafter is that it comes in different widths and patterns.Washi tape is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of trees that are native to Japan â the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. The fibers make them as stong as duct tape

Washi tape is marketed in rolls, but is also sold as individual pages of tape. It comes in various lengths, so be sure to understand the amount of tape you are getting in each purchase

Using Your Washi Tape

The great thing about washi tape is that it can be repositioned. So if you lay it down and it isn't quite safe, just pick it up and place it again

More Washi Tape Inspiration.

Washi tape is so popular in paper crafting and it's easy to see why.

The first thing I love about it is that it is re -positional. That means that unlike other tape, you can remove it. If it's uneven, you can move it and place it again.

Want a perfect line of washi tape for your card or scrapbook? Measure the length you want on a craft mat. Use a ruler to get the exact length. Then cut it with an exacto knife. You can cut it straight or on the diagonal. It's up to you.

Cutting Washi Tape

You can lay it down on a self healing mat and cut it with an craft knife. Or you can simply rip it for a "messy" look

Washi Tape Scrapbook Ideas - How I use Washi Tape On My Scrapbook Pages

Think about all the ways that you could use Washi Tape on your scrapbook pages ! Let me count the ways !

  1. As A Frame Make a washi tape frame around any photo
  2. As a divider between sections of your layout
  3. As a strip or stripe along any side of your page
  4. As a hinge to a fold out elementThink about a card with journeling
  5. Cover an embellishment or chip board piece with washi tape
  6. Make a chevron design with washi tape
  7. Fold pieces of washi tape over pieces of string to make a banner
  8. Make a frame or a mat with washi tape

Decorate A Basket With Washi Tape

Decorate A Basket With Washi Tape
Decorate A Basket With Washi Tape

Washi Tags

Super easy washi tags that you can use as gift tags, place cards or banners

Washi Tape Craft Ideas

  • Decorate a planter or a flower box
  • Decorate a wooden spoon
  • Washi Tape a clothespin to use in a craft room or kids room
  • Use washi tape to decorate a candle
  • Decorate a vase with washi tape
  • Washi tape a photo frame
  • Update a pair of sunglasses
  • Decorate a cork board
  • Cover a phone case or a lap top case
  • Use washi tape to make gift tags or embellish luggage tags
  • Personalize a pen or pencil by adding washi tape
  • Decorate a journal or a notebook with washi tape
  • Decorate the spine of a notebook

My Favorite Washi Tape Blogs - Where I Get My Inspiration

You know once I found washi tape, I entered a great new place in my crafting where the options were endless. I saw washi tape on just about everything. Soon, I found myself searching for more ideas. Here are some of my favorite blogs for inspiration.

Let's Talk About Washi Tape - Or Anything Else Crafty

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    • Spirality profile image

      Spirality 3 years ago

      I love the basket and tag ideas.

    • linfcor profile image

      Linda F Correa 4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @psiloveyou1: When you're making cards, think about making a chevron pattern with it. I love using it on scrapbook pages too !

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      psiloveyou1 4 years ago

      I've only used it on a card once, but I really liked it!