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With a growing fanbase and its inclusion in a number of crafts on Pinterest and other sites, odds are that you’ve heard of washi tape. It looks pretty, but what is it? Is it worth buying? What can you do with it?
Washi tape is very similar to masking tape, only it’s prettier and is made of paper. The tape originated in Japan but it is now available around the world in a huge variety of colors and patterns. It doesn’t contain a lot of adhesive, so while it will stick well to your items, it can be easily removed, even from paper. It also won’t leave sticky residue like other tapes. One thing to keep in mind as you peruse washi craft ideas is that most, if not all, washi tape is not food safe. It could contain chemicals and dyes that are not safe to eat, yet plenty of Pinterest users are pinning photos of washi-wrapped drinking straws, lollipop sticks, drinking cups, plates, spoons, and toothpick flags. You should not let washi tape touch any food, especially if it will be eaten by children.
Food concerns aside, the great thing about washi tape is that it can be used on just about anything. Want to update a chunky bangle that you never wear anymore? Wrap some washi tape around it. Some women have given themselves washi tape pedicures by cutting pieces of washi tape to the size of each toenail and sticking them on. Before you stick some tape on your toenails, keep in mind that the low adhesive means that the tape could come off if exposed to water or lots of friction.
With Christmas and Hanukkah right around the corner, you can use washi tape to dress up your gifts. Wrap presents in brown Kraft paper, then create a pretty design on the box using washi tape. This trick also works with plain gift bags. You can create your own greeting cards with pretty tape, too! Either buy pre-cut card shapes at your local craft store or purchase cardstock, then cut and fold it into a custom card size. Use washi tape to create a pattern on the front of the card. Simple lines always look great.
You can use washi tape to jazz up your office supplies. You can create designs or simple stripes with washi tape on clipboards, corkboards, pencils, and notebooks. You can stick washi tape on boring magnets to make them cute. Some people have even stuck small pieces of washi tape on each key of a computer keyboard. Because it is slightly sheer, you can still see each letter through the tape. While I’m sure that the tape wouldn’t hold up to years of use, I do see the appeal to covering up stained keys that used to be white (if you’ve had a white keyboard for a couple of years, you know what I’m talking about).
You can make your home beautiful with this decorative tape. Use it to create wallpaper-like patterns on walls without the commitment and mess of real wallpaper (which is great for renters). You can also create designs like a tree or a house on the wall, which is especially cute in a child’s room. If you have a whole lot of time on your hands, you can apply a long piece of washi tape to each slat of window blinds.
Once you see some of the beautiful patterns on washi tape, you’ll definitely want to jump on this craft trend. Grab some washi tape and start sticking!