Did you say washi tape?

You’ve probably seen it on Pinterest a million times or read about it on your favorite DIY or crafting blog, but what is washi tape anyway? and why is everyone so in love with it?

Washi tape originates from Japan and the best way to describe it is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It’s made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.

decorated playing houses
decorated playing houses

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 and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for both everyday and decorative use.

There are so many washi tape ideas, it could make your head spin! One idea is to personalize simple notebooks with a tape of your choice; no more generic, solid colors for you! You could choose one tape style, but why not make it a little more interesting and combine two or more styles with different patterns in complementary colors? The possibilities are endless! Washi tape can also be used in any number of holiday-themed crafts if you are hoping to create some homemade gifts. From a wreath hanger to gift tags to beautiful globe ornaments, your friends are sure to be pleased. You could even use washi to make unique picture frames or seasonally-designed candles. These would be great items to use as gifts or prizes for a holiday party or shower.

washi tape book spines
washi tape book spines

What are you waiting for to go get some washi tapes and start brightening up your life?

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