Washi Tape is my latest obsession. Tiny rolls of tape cuteness. My world has been washified.
It has been calling to me for a while, especially on my Pinterest feed, and I’m starting to see it everywhere! I finally jumped on the bandwagon after doing a little research, and thought I would share it with you. A little Washi 101 in light of the Back to School season. Maybe you can hop on the wagon too – Crafty Cuteness really doesn’t get any easier than this.
This adorable trend started in Japan — Washi is a natural paper and when combined with an acrylic glue, becomes a tape, just like masking tape. (Thank you, Wikipedia). Yes, masking tape – so it’s removable! And it isn’t your ordinary plain old dingy cream colored masking tape, it’s CUTE! You can find it in all colors and patterns, and you can do anything with it that your heart desires. There is no wrong way to washi!
Just imagine the possibilities – – you can decorate with it, put it on anything to spruce it up or make it unique. It’s great for scrap-booking, card making, decorating presents or gift bags, and you can even WRITE on it. Sweet!
I’m seeing a lot of your normal everyday companies jumping in on this cute trend too (like the duck tape trend, but that stuff is just too sticky and tough!). I found some washi at my local craft store made by their store brand, and
Cute tape – but not washi
SMASH has some cute rolls to use for their books that you can get at TARGET. But cute tape in general is everywhere, even if it isn’t washi… I found these cute packing tapes at Target too! They aren’t washi so they aren’t as removable, but if you’re careful you can use them for many different applications.
The best resource for washi is definitely the good old internet. There are a TON of Etsy shops selling this stuff, a lot of websites that cater to crafters, and of course there is Amazon, too. Some of my favorite sites are Wishy Washi, Cute Tape, and the Etsy shops Pretty Tape and Mind The Wrap.
There are even ways to make your own washi (oh yes!) that I haven’t tried yet, but you know I am always up for a challenge.
Want some ideas? Well, for starters, I use it in my packaging — when I send an order out I include my business card and a little note and seal it up in a small glassine envelope with a piece of washi. I sometimes use it when I wrap gifts or send snail mail too – a little strip here or there to give it some pizazz!
If you’re looking for a way to use it RIGHT NOW, well I have just the thing. All the kiddos are heading back to school, and in my opinion a lot of the supplies out there are kind of tacky. So why not buy plain old generic ones and make them unique and fun with washi?!
Plain old generic school supplies
Super cool washified supplies
The kids will have fun with this too, because they can pick out their own washi and decorate their folders, binders, notebooks, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, etc., however they want!
Cute & Sweet Washi
Even a lunchbox can be decorated with washi! You could put a piece or two on the inside and write a little love note to your kiddo every day. It peels right off!
Lunch Box Washi
I had some washi left, and I found this cute little pail in the dollar bin at Target. I thought, why not washi?
Pail full of Washi
So there you have it. All about washi and some easy ways to use it. There are a bazillion more, of course. Like I said, there is no wrong way to washi.
Hope you’ve been inspired and will go out and washify your world! 🙂