what mariel made: diy washi tape

Washi tape seems to be taking the crafting world by storm. I first noticed the cute, patterned Japanese tape on Sally Shim’s blog several years ago, and it has been popping up since, again and again on different blogs, magazines, and Pinterest. I kept seeing so many ways people used washi tape from packaging to home decor, and I wanted to play with it too. However, my wallet wasn’t quite willing to dish out $4-$6 per small roll of washi tape, so I decided to make my own.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • roll of masking tape (i used cream-colored painter’s tape)

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  • permanent markers

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  • scissors

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step #1: take your masking tape and draw any patterns you desire (polka dots, stripes, chevron, etc.)

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step #2: after the ink has dried, just cut your desired-sizes of tape, and you’re done!

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additional ideas:

  • use black masking tape + metallic sharpie combo
  • use your DIY washi tape to spice up simple packaging (see this Pinterest page)
  • use your DIY washi tape to simply put up pictures on walls (good for college dorm rooms)

Here are some of the ways I used my DIY washi tape. *Also, expect to see a dorm room tour at some point. You get a little sneak peak here. : )

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the space above my bookshelf
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passage close to my heart + right next to my window

I hope this gives y’all some ideas and shows that you don’t always have to sacrifice your wallet in order to achieve the certain look of something like washi tape. Keep on experimenting with different types and colors of tape + markers (ooh, idea: try splattering paint on tape instead of using markers!) <– haha, there’s a treasure for those of you that stuck around to the end of this post. : )

Have a blessed day/night ladies + gents. See you in the next post.

❤ mariel

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