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Washi Tape

April 29, 2010

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had fallen in Love, right?  Well, I still am in love.  Perhaps even more so than I was then.  For my Easter basket this year I ordered a bunch of Japanese Washi tape from this shop.  And they are way better than eggs.  I’ll take tape every single year!  And they are here and they are to die for pretty.  Look, even the packaging was cute!

When they first arrived I didn’t exactly know what I was going to do with them.  You know, beside keep them and love them and use them every chance I get.   So, when you’ve got something wonderful that is screaming for customized storage, but inspiration has yet to strike, what do you do?  Put it in a bucket.  It works every time.

And then inspiration hit!  And it kind of hurt, not gonna lie.  We built some shelves to hold all my pretty things in my crafty room a few weeks ago and with the few scraps of wood we had left I dreamed up the solution to the bucket of tape.  Only, then things didn’t work out quite as planned.  (They usually don’t.)  After a few weeks, a lot of sanding and re-sanding due to some seriously clumpy paint,  a trip to BigLots to buy a curtain rod (and then a trip back to return it because it was bent, and that just won’t do), And then dealing with split wood and filling cracks and then getting so fed up I just left it on the patio for a few days… Finally,  last night we hung up this beauty.  And I couldn’t love it more.

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I LOVE it.  I seriously love having all that pretty tape hanging out, and as a plus I have all my rolls of ribbon where I can see them.  (And I think I need some more colored ribbon… it looks a little brown and white heavy up on top.  And with things like ribbon and tape, more colors is always better.  Always.)  I had big plans to have a whole tutorial made up with plans and diagrams and everything.  But that just didn’t happen.  But it was super easy to build (minus all the crazy setbacks we had) and crazy cheap.  The curtain rod was $4 and it was the most expensive thing about it.  Maybe I’ll do a tutorial  soon, looking at how this turned out makes me thing that I should.

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But back to gushing about tape… Sigh, isn’t that pretty!  I just love looking at these colors all lined up.  I love it, do you love it?  You do?  Good.  Well then I have a surprise for you.  Maylee from sugarbsupplies where I got my tape  is wonderful.  We have become friends in the few weeks since I decided I was going to have multicolored tape in my Easter basket and skip the eggs completely.  And she is just sweet, and lovely, and generous.  OFFER EXPIRED Are you ready for how generous she is?  She is giving my readers free shipping!  Isn’t that great!  Just fill up your cart and any order over $50 she will ship for free!  (Offer good through May 29, 2010).  Send her a convo with your order and mention code “pink50” to get your deal. OFFER EXPIRED And if you are totally crazy about this tape like I am, she is super great about custom listings.  She has dozens of things to choose from, it won’t be hard to find something you love.  Go see!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a giveaway for a “holiday” that I maybe kind of just made up.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2010 12:51 am

    Love the washi tape! And you MUST write a tute up for that sweet shelf rod hangy thingy organizer because I am moving into a new house (and therefore a new sewing room) and I’m going to need to figure me out some storage solutions. Very cool!

  2. April 29, 2010 12:42 pm

    so cute. I can’t handle it. You make me sick.

    Want to play sometime? 🙂

  3. April 29, 2010 5:19 pm

    I have serious jealously for your Washi tape collection. I’m going to start mine as soon as I get my paycheck! I love the idea of hanging the pictures and paper from there too. Very nice!

  4. May 7, 2010 8:59 am

    That tape is really fun and I love how you have it organized! You are crafty even with your organizational projects. Thanks for sharing :D!

  5. May 13, 2010 2:56 am

    i am so jealous of your tape collection. whoa. tape envy!!!!

    what a wonderful space. [: kimxo

  6. George Mintz permalink
    May 26, 2010 6:55 am

    why is it called WASHI tape? Does it have anything to do with Japanese paper??

    • May 26, 2010 5:22 pm

      Yes, it is also called Japanese paper tape. But the actual tape is made of thin paper, you can tear it with your hands instead of needing a serrated edge like most other tape. The adhesive isn’t super strong, kind of like the sticky on post-it notes, so it is removable and it’s also a little bit translucent. I think it’s also called Japanese masking tape.

  7. Felicia Winters permalink
    May 26, 2010 7:32 pm

    I don’t think the tape is actually made from washi, but it might be made from paper. I’m not sure how they make it, but the tape like this that I have seen here in Japan seems to be either plastic or possibly paper heavily treated with something plastic. I think it’s kind of misleading to call it WASHI tape.

  8. sara permalink
    June 18, 2010 2:21 pm

    waaaaaait. i need this shelving unit! please tell me more!? i beg of thee! i have been scouring the interwebz and craft stores in search of something even a FRACTION as perfect as this. i seriously SQUEED OUT LOUD when i saw it and well. it’s a little much, this response, i know. 😉

    i am just smitten as i can be.

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