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Homemade washi tape

I love washi tape. If you haven’t heard of it before it’s a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Now it’s used to describe pretty sticky tape. It has a multitude of uses from wrapping gifts, sealing envelopes and sticking up my favourite recipes on my kitchen cupboards!

Until recently I’ve been using some really pretty washi tape which I picked up at Cath Kidston. However it was ridiculously expensive so I made my own.

homemade washi tape


You will need: double-sided sticky tape, scissors, fabric, an old cotton reel.

Simply roll the tape along your fabric and cut the fabric using a rotary cutter or scissors. Then roll your tape round a vintage spool to keep it sticky! So simple.

If, like me, you hoard fabric you can literally cut your cloth according to your needs – using Christmas fabric to decorate plain brown paper for Christmas, how about yellow for your Easter eggs or traditional blue or pink for birthday cards.

Linking up with handmade monday and making the world cuter

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    Jam Dalory
    March 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Great idea and very pretty tape. x

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    Every Girl's Story
    March 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    what a stunningly simple idea! I ‘ve got to try this now!! Do you mind if I mention this ( with link to you ) on my Facebook page? I try to do a Friday Find each week.

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      March 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks, the simple ideas are the best! Feel free to share πŸ™‚

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    March 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Brilliant idea – love it.

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    March 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Oh my goodness! What a fabulous idea! I HAVE to try this! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

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    Tickled Pink
    March 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    That’s a fantastic idea and I will definitely be trying it out!

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    Butterfly Blossom
    March 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I love washi tape for cardmaking and scrapbooking but I can’t bear to pay the ridiculous costs for it so what a brilliant idea that I will definitely be borrowing from you πŸ™‚

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    March 6, 2012 at 6:53 am

    What a good idea! I would imagine it would be expensive to buy. I hadn’t ever heard of it before. Mich πŸ™‚

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    March 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Fantastic idea-and so simple too!

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    Jan@ Handcrafted by Picto
    March 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Such a great idea, I’d never heard of this tape before, I’ve done similar to this using patterned paper but not fabric. Thank you for sharing. Jan πŸ™‚

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    March 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I have just inherited some old cotton reels – I’m off to buy some double sided tape!!

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    April 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    It’s a really great idea if you have the time! I’m really miffed that I can buy it cheaper in the States, have it shipped over, pay customs, admin and fees….still paying less for it that we have to pay for it here. Ridiculous.

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    Lynn Holland
    June 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    What a fantastic idea.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Lynn and the DoodlyBirds

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