Washi tape might be old news to some, as it has been on Pinterest & in craft blogs & magazines for the past couple of years already. But, I still love it!
Here are some interesting bits about washi tape…
- If you call ‘washi tape’ ‘wasabi tape’ by accident (or just for fun), you’re not far off because both wasabi & washi tape originate from Japan.
- It can be as strong as duct tape, it feels like masking tape & is as pretty as ribbon.
- The word Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi which means paper.
- It comes off easily & doesn’t leave sticky bits like duct tape.
- It’s most commonly made using bamboo, hemp, rice & wheat, so it’s reusable & biodegradable.
- Be aware of inferior products made in China (selling at around R20 – R29). These might ruin your project. Rather get the real deal for about R30 – R50.
And now for three fun mini washi tape projects…
…i gave a boring notebook some personality…
…pimped up a dull tray for tea time… &
…made my collection of non-matching make-up brushes into a set.
- Are you inspired, but don’t know where to find washi tape? Start by looking at your local craft & haberdashiery stores. I also love the washi tape at In Good Campany (Cape Town or Johannesburg) or Her-Annies (Centurion – 012 664 3553. Sorry, no website) or order online at The Selection.
- The tea cups & saucers in the picture with the tray, are from In Good Company.
Now I can finally say that I’ve done some ‘washi taping’ & I loved it. It’s not messy, it’s so easy & gives you fabulous instant results. Such fun!