Crafts/ DIY/ Nifty/ Thrifty

{DIY washi tape}

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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109 Comments

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    kim
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 05:32 PM

    awww, superschön. geniale idee und wie immer tolle fotos <3

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    Veronica
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 05:45 PM

    Ohhhh, thanks for sharing this!!! I was wondering if there was a way to do it at home :)

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    Hannah
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 06:20 PM

    Super cute, but how do you keep it from sticking to itself?

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      Rosa
      Thursday August 9th, 2012 at 06:46 AM

      The wax paper keeps it from sticking to itself.

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    Shan@FamilyBringsJoy
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 06:52 PM

    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

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      Sinea Pies
      Wednesday April 11th, 2012 at 01:39 PM

      I am with you. What is washi tape? Looks pretty but I don’t have a clue! LOL

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        Rosa
        Thursday August 9th, 2012 at 06:51 AM

        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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        Keyla
        Monday August 5th, 2013 at 07:55 PM

        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 :)

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    TracyMB
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 07:12 PM

    So cute and I LOVE it on the wooden spools! :)

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    Jennifer
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 07:36 PM

    Get out of town! Had no idea you could make your own. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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    katie
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 08:04 PM

    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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    Toqua's Crafts
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 08:05 PM

    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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    Eleni
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 08:20 PM

    Ohhh!! Vanessa what a great DIY Idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! I’m gonna definitely give it a try:D
    xoxoxoxoxo

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    Erin @ Making Memories
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 08:40 PM

    This is so cool! A co-worker of mine loves washi tape so I’m sending this to her. Thanks!

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    Becca
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 09:36 PM

    Oh my goodness, girl! You are so clever! Pinned this and love it!!
    xo Becca

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    Leanne
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    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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    Amanda
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    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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    Shoregirl
    Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    I love washi tape too — this is a great idea! Love the papers you chose — so pretty!

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    Marija
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 12:12 AM

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

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    Nana Diana
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 01:27 AM

    Really, Really cute idea and that paper works out perfectly! Great job! xo Diana

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    Amanda @ The Little Giggler
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 01:33 AM

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!!

    Amanda
    http://www.thelittlegiggler.com

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    Tamsyn
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 04:49 AM

    Such a neat idea! I love the papers you used too :)

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    Christine
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Vanessa!!! This is FABULOUS!!!
    Oh and the wooden spools are sooooo cool! I wonder where I can find some?!

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    Kelly
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 01:34 PM

    YAY! Please be sure to come link this up next week 4/10 for our Washi Mania party :)
    Have a fabulous day!!

    Hugs!
    Kelly
    http://www.livelaughrowe.com

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    amy
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 05:38 PM

    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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    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 05:56 PM

    It’s really that easy? Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays!

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    DEANNE@DELIGHTFULCURIOSITY
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 06:50 PM

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!! I’M GOING TO TRY THIS, I THINK MY SISTER-IN-LAW WILL LOVE THESE!!

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    Meredith Hazel
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 06:54 PM

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

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    Kate
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 09:02 PM

    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!

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    Lisa
    Wednesday April 4th, 2012 at 09:22 PM

    Amazing, clever, and so pretty! You are a genius!
    Thanks for sharing this! Great photos as always!
    xo-Lisa

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    Carla Hundley
    Thursday April 5th, 2012 at 01:14 AM

    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

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    Nicole
    Thursday April 5th, 2012 at 01:49 AM

    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?
    xoxo

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    Debbie {visual eye candy}
    Thursday April 5th, 2012 at 02:17 AM

    Never thought of making my own washi tape, but this makes it look so easy!

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    Mindie
    Thursday April 5th, 2012 at 03:17 PM

    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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    Suzy Myers
    Friday April 6th, 2012 at 01:33 AM

    Fabulous idea! I love cheaper alternatives!

    suzy

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    Jen
    Friday April 6th, 2012 at 04:28 AM

    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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    Jacqueline
    Friday April 6th, 2012 at 03:23 PM

    This is a great tutorial! I’m bookmarking this.

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    Donata from DK's Craft Cafe
    Friday April 6th, 2012 at 04:59 PM

    These are soooo cute, Vanessa!

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    Marie
    Saturday April 7th, 2012 at 01:12 AM

    Very cute!

  • Reply
    Alison
    Saturday April 7th, 2012 at 04:49 AM

    Vanessa! This is amazing! I am so impressed! :) Fabulous idea–I want to try!

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    Lolly Jane
    Saturday April 7th, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    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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    kim@too much time
    Saturday April 7th, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Just shared this on my FB page, rockstar:)
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Too-Much-Time-On-My-Hands/208200749201856

  • Reply
    Tami
    Sunday April 8th, 2012 at 01:37 AM

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon
    Sunday April 8th, 2012 at 03:07 AM

    This is just too cute! I love wooden spool as well! Almost too cute to use!! ;)

  • Reply
    Marilyn
    Sunday April 8th, 2012 at 04:39 AM

    Nicely done…beautiful!

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    Jo-Anna
    Sunday April 8th, 2012 at 04:40 AM

    I have never used Washi tape but would love to! What a great idea to make your own! I love your photos too!
    Jo-Anna

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    rootedinthyme
    Sunday April 8th, 2012 at 05:31 AM

    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!

    Jody

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    Cheryl @ That's What Che Said
    Monday April 9th, 2012 at 03:11 PM

    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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    Jennie Larsen
    Monday April 9th, 2012 at 07:41 PM

    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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    Yvonne DeLaCruz
    Tuesday April 10th, 2012 at 06:25 AM

    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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    Marianne
    Tuesday April 10th, 2012 at 03:21 PM

    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!

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    SassyKay
    Tuesday April 10th, 2012 at 03:40 PM

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

  • Reply
    katie
    Tuesday April 10th, 2012 at 08:21 PM

    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!

  • Reply
    Jill
    Wednesday April 11th, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    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
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Cathy@My1929Charmer
    Wednesday April 11th, 2012 at 03:27 AM

    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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    Marilyn
    Wednesday April 11th, 2012 at 03:17 PM

    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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    Tonia @The Gunny Sack
    Wednesday April 11th, 2012 at 04:51 PM

    I love this Vanessa! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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    Laura Beth
    Wednesday April 11th, 2012 at 07:49 PM

    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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    Katie
    Friday April 13th, 2012 at 05:22 AM

    You’ve been featured! Come check it out!
    http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/

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    Ester
    Saturday April 14th, 2012 at 08:01 PM

    Hello! I’ve just featured you on my blog: http://drawingdreaming.blogspot.pt/2012/04/friday-favourites-2.html Have a great day! :)

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    Sarah
    Saturday April 14th, 2012 at 09:09 PM

    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:
    http://allthingsblogs.blogspot.com/2012/04/crafting-for-my-room-series-post-2.html

    Have a great day!

    Sarah XOXO

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    Angela C
    Sunday April 15th, 2012 at 06:11 PM

    So simple! Thanks for sharing, and gorgeous photographs!

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    Heather
    Sunday April 15th, 2012 at 06:27 PM

    I have never messed with washi tape. I am going to give this a try. Thanks for linking up to Sunday Round Up.
    xoxo
    Heather
    http://www.HeatherlyLoves.com

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    Melissa @ Loving this {crazy} life!
    Sunday April 15th, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Never thought of making my own…what a great idea! Thanks!

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    caroline @ c.w.frosting
    Monday April 16th, 2012 at 04:26 AM

    Darling & simple! Great tutorial Vanessa!

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    Andrea J
    Monday April 16th, 2012 at 04:49 AM

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

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    cassi
    Monday April 16th, 2012 at 03:15 PM

    great thanks for sharing

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    Rose
    Monday April 16th, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up.
    @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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    Rachel
    Tuesday April 17th, 2012 at 09:25 AM

    So awesome!!! I want to make some now!!! Thanks for the tutorial! xoxo-Rachel

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    Sharon Chamberlain
    Wednesday April 18th, 2012 at 06:45 AM

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

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    Sarah
    Friday April 20th, 2012 at 03:44 PM

    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
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/04/share-it-link-party-7.html

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    Sonia
    Saturday April 21st, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Oooooh great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah
    Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Hey just wanted to let you know you will be featured tomorrow at my link party!
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/

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    Inspire Me Heather
    Wednesday April 25th, 2012 at 03:15 PM

    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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    Melanna
    Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 06:57 AM

    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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    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
    Friday May 25th, 2012 at 07:11 PM

    Congrats on winning third place!

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    Karina
    Monday May 28th, 2012 at 06:04 AM

    So clever hey!

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

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday May 28th, 2012 at 08:18 PM

      Haha, thank you SO much for your sweet comment! :)
      I hope you’ll give this little craft a try!
      Have a wonderful week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Cassidy
    Tuesday June 19th, 2012 at 02:37 AM

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

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    Tuesday June 19th, 2012 at 05:52 PM

    That is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sunday September 2nd, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Hey I made a notebook roundup and I featured your DIY in it!
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    Tuesday February 5th, 2013 at 01:55 AM

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

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    Annie
    Monday April 8th, 2013 at 11:58 PM

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

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    Peggy
    Friday April 26th, 2013 at 12:29 AM

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

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    Annie
    Saturday October 5th, 2013 at 03:25 AM

    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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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday October 6th, 2013 at 07:03 PM

      Thank you so much, Annie! :)
      Washi tape always has some sort of transparency to it, so I think parchment paper would work better on this project.
      Let me know if you try this!
      Have a great remaining weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    sarah
    Sunday November 10th, 2013 at 03:19 AM

    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.

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    Susan
    Wednesday February 19th, 2014 at 01:37 PM

    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.

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    Rebecca
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    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?

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      Have a great weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    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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