Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Washi Tape

If you've never heard of washi tape, allow me to introduce you: it's beautiful colorful tape that originates from Japan and has taken over the craft scene by storm.  It feels like masking tape — very pretty masking tape, but it's made of paper.  It comes in patterns, designs and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.

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 — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. Most washi tapes are strong (as strong as duct tape in some cases!) and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for both everyday and decorative use.

I have several projects planned for the upcoming holidays but here are a few I found to inspire you to try washi tape yourself.
Kira from Her New Leaf covered a laptop keyboard with colorful washi tape.

Escort cards from the haystack needle

 Washi tape journal from etsy seller RuthBleakley

Covered glass candle votives from Japanistic

Covered clipboard from gingersnap crafts

Favor boxes from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Rainbow bunting by Poppytalk

Retro inspired vase from How About Orange

Did I inspire you to use washi tape for your next project?

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