So, I was recently talking with some fellow bloggers about where to buy Washi Tape. After our conversation I ran out to my local Target, only to discover that they only had one roll available, and that roll cost $3. Gasp!
And being my frugal self, I couldn’t bring myself to pay that much, so decided to try to make my own.
And oh my goodness. I think I found my new obsession.
Washi Tape is SO SO SO easy to make!
That’s the cool thing about it- it’s so versatile!
So, here’s how you do it.
Your three main ingredients for making washi tape is masking tape, Mod Podge and parchment paper. You’ll also need a crafting brush, something to pour your Mod Podge on (I used a paper plate), and scissors.
Take your masking tape and tape long strips to the parchment paper. My tape wasn’t adhering to the parchment paper all that well, so I taped my masking tape to the table. You can see how I did that at the top of the above picture. Taping it to the table worked really well for keeping everything in place.
Cut out strips of your chosen material. Make sure to cut them out a little wider than the masking tape. I used fabric, magazine paper, and I even made my own customizable strips using printer paper and markers.
Once you have that all smoothed out, take more Mod Podge and brush it on top of your strips of material. I was very liberal with the amount I used. I wanted to make sure that it would stick really well to the masking tape and firm up. Trust me, don’t be shy with the Mod Podge!
Here are all my strips of future Washi Tape coated nicely. The marker did smear a bit when I brushed the Mod Podge onto the strips, but it wasn’t bad. I used washable markers and that may have been my problem.
Let your strips dry. I let mine dry overnight just to be extra sure.
And here are some of the things I used my Washi Tape to make.
I used a paper towl roll, covered it with paper, decorated the edges with my fabric Washi Tape and made a plastic bag holder for the car (I found this idea on Pinterest, but I didn’t like the idea of seeing an ugly paper towel roll in the car, so I had to deck it out!)!
**NOTE** One thing I should have done before I completed my project was to make a wider Washi Tape. You can totally make different sizes! All you have to do is make your masking tape strip wider using several rows of masking tape, laying them side-by-side. I think I am going to try that soon so I can have a variety of sizes and types!
Try this out for yourself and let me know what you think!