Make your own Washi Tape!

 

There are so many designs and colors of washi tape available now…. but sometimes you just can’t find exactly what you are looking for. I’m going to show you how to make your own.

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To start with, you have to use the right paper. I have an old Epson Stylus ink jet printer. I had to find a paper that had the right translucency, but didn’t smear the ink. I found this vellum in a card stock weight available through Papertrey Ink to work perfect for this purpose. You can get it here.

Step 1: Download the washi tape designs, and print on the vellum. Here are two design sheets I’ve created for you. Please keep in mind these are for personal use only.

BirdLifeWashiTape_page1

click image to download Bird’s Life Washi Tape page 1

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click image to download Bird’s Life Washi Tape page 2

 

Step 2: After printing the washi tape designs onto your vellum, download the flower templates to make this cute wall art.

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click image to download flower template 1

FlowerTemplate_2

click image to download flower template 2

FlowerTemplate_3

click image to download flower template 3

 

Step 3: Print the flower templates onto a white card stock. I use this paper from Papertrey Ink. It’s lovely, you can get it here.

 

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here’s what the flower templates look like before cutting out the gray shapes.

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washi tape designs before cutting into strips

 

Step 4: Cut out the washi tape strips and the gray lined shapes on the flower templates. On the washi tape page one, the flower and blue chevron bands are quite wide. You can cut those bands in half lengthwise if you want to, or you can leave them wide. Whatever you prefer. You can cut any of the bands more narrow if you’d like.

 

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using a clear ruler with a metal edge and a sharp blade makes it a little easier. Be careful of your fingers!

 

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templates all cut out

 

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strips all cut out

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Step 5: Now get another piece of white card stock. This is where you’ll glue the washi tape strips. I like to draw a light pencil line where the strips will go. Use your flower template sheet to figure this out.

 

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Step 6: Now arrange your strips on the white card stock sheet. Don’t glue anything down until you like the arrangement of colors. I like to overlap the tape strips just a little, the translucency adds to the interest.

 

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Step 7: Test it out before glueing anything down by putting your flower template over the strips.

 

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Step 8: I like to use a tape runner to tape down the washi strips. You can get them at any craft store.

 

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Step 9: Now use your tape runner to glue the flower template onto the page with the washi tape strips.

 

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Step 10: Place the art in a frame and you’re done! It makes a great gift. I love the three flowers together in a little series.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this project! I’ll have more washi tape projects and designs to share soon!

Have a lovely day,

Heather xxoo