Guest DIY by Marisa of Omiyage
I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for new washi tape projects. While these colourful tapes are definitely multi-taskers, one of my favourite ways to use them has always been for wrapping. Here's a fun (and easy!) way to make your own custom wrapping paper and a few clever ways to stretch the life of your washi tape!
- washi tape in your choice of colours & patterns
- white printer paper
- colour printer with copy / scan functions
Using the washi tape, create a design of your choice all over a piece of printer paper. I made 4 different designs - classic washi strips, stripes, houses and starbursts.
Using the colour copy function of your printer, make as many copies of your design as you would like. It's also a great idea to scan and save your design - this way you can always print out more wrapping paper as you need it!
One of the best qualities of washi tape is that it is removable, replaceable and reusable. You will find that once you make one design, you can (carefully) peel the tape off the paper and reuse it make another design. My washi strips were reused to make the houses, and the stripes became starbursts. But be warned that each time you stick, unstick and restick it, the washi tape will lose a little of its stickiness.
Once you've created your wrapping paper, why not reuse the tape strips? Grab some blank shipping tags and get crafty making up pretty tags to match your paper.
Of course, unless you go wild with tag making, you'll still have strips left over. Use these strips to seal up your packages as you wrap!
Finish your parcel off with some pretty twine or ribbon and one of the tags.
Ta-da! One-of-a-kind washi wrapping paper and matching tags!
Have you seen any fantastic washi tape tutorials or inspiration lately?
Lover of all things crafty, clever and charming, Marisa runs Omiyage.ca - a webshop full of cute stationery, crafty goodness, pretty packaging supplies and, of course, rolls and rolls of gorgeous washi tape! Connect with her on Twitter, join the Omiyage facebook page, or visit Omiyage Blogs for more DIY projects, crafty inspiration and lots more!