{DIY washi tape}

April 3, 2012

Who else loves washi tape? And who else doesn’t love the price for it that much?
If your answer is “me”, you might like the following project. :)

I’ve seen washi tape DIY’s here and there, but wanted to try my own version of it.
I love how easy to do and nifty & thrifty this project was!
Just perfect for impatient crafters like me!

What you’ll need:

  • Tissue paper, napkins, old newspaper (I found some Chinese newspaper at the Asian grocery store), parchment paper (to print your own design on)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Old wooden spools for storage of the tape
  • Some twine to secure the tape to the spools and keep it from unraveling

How to:

  1. Apply the tape to the back of your choice of paper. (Leave the backing on until you’re ready to use the washi tape)
  2. Cut the strips to size.
  3. Wrap the strips around the wooden spools and secure with some twine.

Now, I’m just waiting for the next birthday to come around, so I can wrap some gifts with this pretty washi tape.
Or maybe I’ll find another project to do in the meantime. ;)


I’m partying here! ♥

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  1. awww, superschön. geniale idee und wie immer tolle fotos <3
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  2. Ohhhh, thanks for sharing this!!! I was wondering if there was a way to do it at home :)
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  3. Super cute, but how do you keep it from sticking to itself?

  4. Ok, I must be out of the “loop” because I’m not sure exactly what washi tape is. Guess I need to google it because I don’t know what you would use it for, but this looks like a great tutorial with crisp photos on how to make your own! lol Glad to find you via Tip Junkie. :D Shan@FamilyBringsJoy

    • I am with you. What is washi tape? Looks pretty but I don’t have a clue! LOL
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      • Washi tape is a type of tape used mostly for decorating and crafts. Google “decorate with washi tape” or ” washi tape ideas” and you will get a ton of cool things to do with it. I love this stuff.
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      • Yea, up until like 15 minutes ago I didn’t know what washi tape was. Then I googled, I searched on Pinterest, and now I am obsessed. I so can’t wait to buy my own and just decorate everything I own. I’m so glad I found this though because yea, it would be nice to just make my own. I think I just found my new obsession :)

  5. So cute and I LOVE it on the wooden spools! :)
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  6. Get out of town! Had no idea you could make your own. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. LOVE this DIY idea… I take it your double stick tape has a backing on it? So many possibilities for a fraction of the price.
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  8. I’ve never tried Washi tape. Perhaps I should. It looks like you could use it to decorate your packages with “pretty tape” instead of the same ol’ same ol’
    I found you via Tip Junkie’s Tuesday.
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  9. Ohhh!! Vanessa what a great DIY Idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! I’m gonna definitely give it a try:D
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  10. This is so cool! A co-worker of mine loves washi tape so I’m sending this to her. Thanks!
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  11. Oh my goodness, girl! You are so clever! Pinned this and love it!!
    xo Becca
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  12. Super, super cute and I love the spools too. I love using washi tape on gifts and projects. Thanks for this great idea.
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  13. Love this idea! I love the idea of washi tape, but the price is just a bit much, this DIY version is perfect!
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  14. I love washi tape too — this is a great idea! Love the papers you chose — so pretty!

  15. This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Brilliant!

  16. Really, Really cute idea and that paper works out perfectly! Great job! xo Diana
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  17. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!!

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  18. Such a neat idea! I love the papers you used too :)
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  19. Vanessa!!! This is FABULOUS!!!
    Oh and the wooden spools are sooooo cool! I wonder where I can find some?!
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  20. YAY! Please be sure to come link this up next week 4/10 for our Washi Mania party :)
    Have a fabulous day!!

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  21. wie kannst du ohne mich soooo schöne sachen machen …rabäääh, heul, schluchz …
    schöne idee und super fotos meene kleene ;-)
    küsschen mama
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  22. It’s really that easy? Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays!



  24. Love this idea! So cute and super inexpensive! :o)

  25. That is adorable, what a great idea! I would love for you to share it (and any other creations) at my new linky party “Pin it and Win it Wednesday” at http://www.cheapcraftymama.com!

  26. Amazing, clever, and so pretty! You are a genius!
    Thanks for sharing this! Great photos as always!
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  27. Carla Hundley says:

    This is a cute idea! And you could use decorate scissors to cut the paper to make different styles! Thanks for the idea.
    Carla from Utah

  28. Aloha, I love this and if it’s o.k. I’m pinning it!!! So very cute. I hope you’ll come visit me at localsugarhawaii.com : a little blog about living sweet and local in Hawaii. I’m your newest follower and I hope you’ll be mine. From Germany to Hawaii– how cool is that?

  29. Never thought of making my own washi tape, but this makes it look so easy!
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  30. How have I never heard of washi tape. Your tape is very pretty, there is something I have never said about tape before :)
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  31. Fabulous idea! I love cheaper alternatives!

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  32. Love this! I’m kind of crazy about cute washi tape, so I think I really need to make some of my own:) Thanks for sharing!
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  33. This is a great tutorial! I’m bookmarking this.
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  34. These are soooo cute, Vanessa!

  35. Very cute!

  36. Vanessa! This is amazing! I am so impressed! :) Fabulous idea–I want to try!
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  37. Vanessa I just checked our link party before heading to Pinterest to search “DIY Washi Tape” as I forgot to snag some at Target earlier today. LOL Thanks a million for linking this up– you saved me! ;)
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  38. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  39. This is just too cute! I love wooden spool as well! Almost too cute to use!! ;)
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  40. Nicely done…beautiful!
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  41. I have never used Washi tape but would love to! What a great idea to make your own! I love your photos too!
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  42. What a great post. I’m going to get some Washi tape for presents. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a Happy Easter!


  43. Hi! I love these! I am your newest follower, I am so bummed though that I *just* found you…I will be stalking your archives now :) Have a great day!
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  44. THIS IS THE BEST ONE I have seen yet. So just paper and double sided tape and cut to size… WOW! love your paper choices. I AM DOING THIS SOON. Also I am sharing this on my COM-FB page. winks, jen
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  45. I just LOVE the DYI version and who does not like to save the extra bucks!! The wooden spools are just to die for and I am on mission to find get a bunch of those. Thanks!!
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  46. I have wanted to use the Washi tape for so long, but it is so expensive and living on a budget these days, it just hasn’t been possible. This is a great idea, I am going to give this a try. Thanks!

  47. Wow, great idea! And I love the idea of the Asian newspaper. Thank you!

  48. You already know I’m ga-ga over this DIY washi tape! Just wanted to let you know I featured you on Sew Woodsy! Thanks for linking up!
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  49. Great idea for making washi tape yourself! I love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
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  50. I must be living in the dark because I haven’t heard of it before. I’m going to check it out to see what I can use it for, but it’s great since I now know how to make it! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best.
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  51. TOTALLLLLY featuring YOU tonight.. Hope you can stop in and have a looksey.. I just HEART these.. Great project.. Thanks SO much for sharing.. xoxox
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  52. I love this Vanessa! Thanks for the tutorial!!
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  53. I love that you used items you already had on hand like the cute napkins & newspaper to make this fabulous washi tape!! I’m going to try this soon. I’m including this great idea in my round up from guest hosting with Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts!
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  54. You’ve been featured! Come check it out!
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  55. Hello! I’ve just featured you on my blog: http://drawingdreaming.blogspot.pt/2012/04/friday-favourites-2.html Have a great day! :)

  56. That is SUCH a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial, I just posted a craft that uses Washi tape if you can you should check it out!

    The link is:

    Have a great day!

    Sarah XOXO

  57. So simple! Thanks for sharing, and gorgeous photographs!
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  58. I have never messed with washi tape. I am going to give this a try. Thanks for linking up to Sunday Round Up.
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  59. Never thought of making my own…what a great idea! Thanks!
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  60. Darling & simple! Great tutorial Vanessa!
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  61. Andrea J says:

    I was wondering which brand of double stick tape you are using and what width? I’d love to try this!!

  62. great thanks for sharing
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  63. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up.
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  64. So awesome!!! I want to make some now!!! Thanks for the tutorial! xoxo-Rachel
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  65. Sharon Chamberlain says:

    Love your tutorial! Where did you get the darling wooden spools to wrap it around? Sharon

  66. This is such a great idea! Especially because I had a hard time finding washi tape at the craft store. Thanks for the idea. I would love for you to share this at my link party
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  67. Oooooh great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  68. Hey just wanted to let you know you will be featured tomorrow at my link party!
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  69. What a lovely post! I’m yet to try some washi tape, maybe soon though! I have this linked to my washi tape post too today, for inspiration!
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  70. Okay, I sheepishly admit that i had no idea what washi tape was. I mean I’ve seen it EVERYWHERE in blogland, but I had no idea what it was made out of. This clears that all up for me. And this seems MUCH better than just buying it because you can make it match anything! Thanks for linking this up to Pin-ed it, Made it!
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  71. Congrats on winning third place!

  72. So clever hey!

    Thank you for sharing those great ideas with people that are not that creative like me : )

  73. Cute idea! I love how these look on the wooden spools!

  74. That is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

  75. Hey I made a notebook roundup and I featured your DIY in it!
    I hope you’re alright with it, if not please tell me!


    Please check it out!

  76. I love this ! Excellent Idea, thanks for posting. My tapes are all jumbled in the bottom drawer of my desk.

  77. wonderful ! I’m one of those people that never seems to find a perfect color/pattern … this will help :)

  78. Wauw how nice, gonna try this soon with my granddaughter imagine our very own tape!

  79. This is such a great idea! Do you think that parchment paper would give a more ‘authentic’ feel than if I tried printing onto regular paper? Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try this :) Annie x
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  80. I adore the little tape dispensers you created with twine and thread spools…but isn’t washi tape crazy cheep compared to double sided tape? Scotch sells good size spools of washi tape for less than $3 and a roll of double sided tape is about $4.50 I think…plus add in the time to make this… HOWEVER, double sided tape would be more permanent if you wanted something that would last a while.

  81. Brilliant idea. I, too, am eager to try it out, Loved your introduction, love the tape but reluctant to pay so much. Thanks for sharing.

  82. I was curious about the type of double-stick tape you used too. One of the biggest benefits of washi tape is that it can be peeled off and leave no residue. Does the double-sided tape you used have that property, or are you just meaning this as a way to make decorative tape?

    • I found some double sided craft tape that is easy to tear and pretty much acts just like washi tape. It’s a little see through and is easy to peel off without leaving residue.
      Unfortunately I don’t know the brand anymore, but I found it on amazon.
      Have a great weekend!
      XO! Vanessa


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