How To Make Your Own Washi Tape Tutorial

There are so many great washi tape ideas out there but it isn’t always easy to cute patters. So how about a tutorial for how to make your own washi tape? I used patterned napkins and tissue paper to make it!
Make Your Own Washi Tape


 Since this month’s Pinspired and Rewired contest theme is washi tape and I’ve wanted to try to make my own washi tape for quite awhile now after seeing it in several different places like here at Nifty Thrifty Things.  I figured there was no time like the present to try it out but this isn’t truly washi tape…its more like decorator tape since I didn’t use washi paper.

Making the washi tape is very basic and requires just a few supplies:

Scissors
Double Sided Tape
Waxed Paper
Tissue Paper or Napkins
Cardboard Tube

Several years ago the company my husband worked for was throwing away some rolls of double sided tape and he scooped them up.  So, far I haven’t even gone through a single roll and that is what I used for this project.  But if you aren’t so lucky as to have a stash of double sided tape, it is available everywhere from stores like Target and Walmart to Michaels and even at office supply stores.  You can even buy it with a backing on one side and that would eliminate the need for the waxed paper.
Put strips of doubled sided tape on the waxed paper and then cut them out.
Next, place strips of tape on the tissue paper or napkins with the sticky side down.  I found some cute tissue paper at Target but I was expecting a bigger selection.  As I was searching around from some more designs, I spotted some adorable napkins and knew they would look cute too.  I also found some tissue paper in the dollar section.
Then, cut any excess paper off the tape.
DIY Washi Tape
Cut the cardboard tube to the width of your washi tape and wrap the tape around it.
Secure it with a twist tie.
When you want to use a piece, peel off the waxed paper backing.

Washi Tape Ideas

The DIY washi tape turned out so cute that I can’t wait to make some more!

 Have you tried using washi tape yet?

Here are a couple more Washi Tape Ideas:

     

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Comments

  1. Yay Tonia, I LOVE this! I need to make some of my own, the possibilities are endless. :) Thanks for sharing the how-to!

  2. Genius!! Thanks for the how to Tonia!!

  3. Yes! This is great! I am so excited to make my own!

    I have a brand-new link party and I would love for you to share this!

    http://naptimedelights.blogspot.ca/2012/05/document.html

    Thanks – Sarah @naptimedelights.blogspot.com

  4. Tonia this is genius! I love it and can’t wait to try it!

  5. I haven’t tried using it yet…but this is one of several tutorials I’ve seen on making it and love the idea. Yours are so pretty!

  6. Love this tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing this. Washi tape is my newest obsession so being able to make my own will be fun.

  7. LOVE your tutorial and the DIY aspect of making your own tape!!!

  8. I so want to try this Tonia. I love your tutorial.

    Anne xx

  9. That is amazing! BRAVO!

  10. Amazing!! Thanks for sharing, will definitely have to try!

  11. Love this. So simple to make. Think I’ll have to try this myself. Thanks for sharing. I would love if you linked it up to my new link party.

    http://www.kampenlane.com/p/link-partys.html

    ~Taylor-Ann

  12. you can also make printed “washi” tape by using paper tape from the medical aisle and stamping it with your favorite patterns from your rubber stamps. just roll it out onto wax paper and stamp away! Then trim away wax paper and roll as you said.;)

  13. These are too cute. Thanks for the tutorial! Husg! xx

  14. Love this tutorial..those Faux washi tapes look so pretty…Thank you so much for sharing :)

  15. How cute! I don’t think I will be able to use plain tape ever again! I know it’s been quite sometime since this tutorial BUT…I buy my double sided tape at the dollar store & the 99¢store in southern California. You may not get as much tape but it’s cheap so I don’t bother figuring it out. :) Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  16. Absolutely love this idea!

  17. Thanks for sharing! This is so easy and looks so cute. I did my own creation yesterday using thread instead of tissue paper. It looks really cool! I even tried writing letters with the thread and with some patience the result is amazing. Thank you again :-)

  18. WHAT?!! NO WAY! SO so so amazing!! You are a genius!

  19. OMG! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this! I will use it for my penpal letters!!

  20. This is a great idea. I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  21. Great idea! So simple and cute! Love it! I begged a friend to bring me back the real stuff from Japan, but when I finish with that, I am going straight to trying this! :) Thank you!
    Jessa @ Shalom Sweet Home

  22. I really want to give this a try! Can I pin it to my Crafts board on Pinterest? Thanks so much :)

  23. I’ve seen tutorials before on tape to mimic washi tape, but they all used normal paper. I love that you use tissue paper and thinner papers to actually mimic the see-through properties of washi tape. Definitely will have to try this (:

  24. So many possibilites. Thank you for posting this.

  25. OMG! I have been wanting to jump into the Washi tape thing, but seriously have not found any patterns that speak to me, or prompt me to actually spend the money! You clever girl, I would have never thought of this! Love IT!

  26. Wonderful idea and thanks for a great tutorail – am off to do it NOW…

  27. What a clever idea! I love washi tape but thought the cost was a bit high for my budget, now I can make my own! Woohooo! Now, how do we do fabric sticker sheets?

  28. Love, love, love this idea. I just bought some double stick rug tape–it’s thin and very sticky and 1 1/2 inches wide. Might try a little tissue paper on this, I collect cute tissue paper, so I have a good stack. Thanks for the tip about using a paper towel roll holder and the wax paper. You are a keeper!

    • Thanks, Bobbie! Happy to have you along for the ride and best of luck with the washi tape. I would love to hear how the rug tape works out!

  29. Washi tape is expensive! It’s $2.59 for the skinny roll. I just spent 30$ on washi tape!! Man, this post is great for me! Doin this in the future an I can make tape I like an need!! Thanku for sharing!

  30. Oh I forgot to mention I pinned this on my “Tipster” board on Pinterest. Hope that was ok!

  31. Michelle Vidal says:

    Ah!!! Eu adorei!!!
    Muito obrigada por compartilhar!!!
    <3

  32. Magdalene says:

    Thank you so much to this! I’ve wanted to make my own washi tape for a long time but this is the first tutorial I’ve found that you can do with supplies that normal people actually have. Can’t wait to try this!

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