my washi wonders

3 Oct

If you trade mail art with me then you’d know of my complete obsession with Japanese washi tape. If you’ve never heard of it, prepare yourself for awesomeness; Japanese washi tape is a special masking tape that is beautifully patterned & coloured. It comes in various sizes and thicknesses and honestly there are more tape designs out there than you can even dream of owning. With beautiful washi tapes in your art bin, you will never have the urge to glue something down ever again! Back in July, I promised myself that if I did well at the Tour of the Arts that I would treat myself to some new washi tape, because at the time I only owned 4 different rolls. I not only wanted more selection, but I wanted to extend my tape’s life; the more rolls you own, the less you use each one and thus make them all last longer! (be careful when applying this theory to shoes). The only issue now that I finally owned a dream selection of washi tape, was organizing it all. Sure you can buy tape organizers online for upwards of $45 including shipping, or go to a kitchen store a get a paper towel holder (which wont have a cutting edge) for $20, but to be honest, I’d rather spend money on more tape than on an organizer. Then all of a sudden, it hit me, this problem was calling for a DIY solution. After searching the internet, I came across this tutorial from the blog to boldly fold which was pure genius and so I thought I’d share with you my adventure in making a DIY washi-tape organizer. First you need an empty aluminum foil or cling wrap box. My cling wrap box was empty, but the roll inside was too thick for my tapes to fit. So I (not-so-neatly) wrapped the remaining tinfoil onto the cling wrap roll so as to steal the thin roll from the middle of the foil. You also need a cutting edge, and the one of the cling wrap box was in the wrong place, so I stole the cutting edge from the aluminum foil box too. Begin by tracing the diameter of the roll in the center of both sides of the box. Cut this circular hole on both sides – this is what will hold the roll up off the bottom of the box and keep it steady when you get to pulling on the tapes. Also cut a rectangular hole in the top of the box to make a window so you can see your tapes. Find a fancy paper you like and trace the dimensions of the box on the back. Then using a bone folder (or your fingers) fold across these lines. I chose to use double sided tape to adhere my paper to the box, but you can also use glue. Make sure you also cut little flaps for the lid edges and the sides and adhere them with tape or glue as well. Now that the box is covered,  it’s time to add in plastic or acetate cover to protect the rectangular peep hole cut in the lid. I just used a strip cut from a clear plastic ziplock bag that was laying around.  Adhere this on the inside of the lid with tape. Now all that’s left to do is add the metal cutting strip to the outside of the box, just barely above the the edge of the box. adhere securely from both sides with tape. I fancied mine up with some purple washi tape along the cutting strip and on the corners of the box. Add your gorgeous rolls of tape to the roll and then position the roll inside the box with both ends through the cut circular holes. And then, just like that, VOILA!!! your very own DIY washi organizer that cost you nothing but a bit of time! This thing looks awesome and it is just so much more compact and moveable than any of the other more expensive options. Plus if I ever own enough tape to warrant making another organizer, the two boxes can be stacked together! That couldn’t be done with a paper towel holder… I hope you enjoyed yet another fun DIY organizing post!!! I saved money by just making an organizer, so I must admit I am tempted to treat myself to a few more rolls to fill the remaining spaces left in my washi tape box… but I think I’ll be a good girl… for now.

12 Responses to “my washi wonders”

  1. the20spot 03/10/2011 at 12:21 #

    very clever! i love good organizing DIY’s…. the scissor tape… i must have. thanks for sharing :)

  2. Jill Griffin 03/10/2011 at 12:53 #

    AWESOME…I NEED! washi tape…loads of it…

  3. Anna Jane Searle 03/10/2011 at 14:03 #

    What a brilliant idea. I would do this if I had Washi Tape :)

  4. Russelle Adams 03/10/2011 at 15:03 #

    Great Idea! and cool post!

  5. oneofthelovebugs 03/10/2011 at 17:30 #

    That’s a great DIY! I really enjoy anytime I can make something that is pure genius and relatively free! Your tapes are super cute. And I think I want some now. :) lol

    JB @

  6. Jeannine | SaylorMade 03/10/2011 at 20:44 #

    Awesome reusing!! I like home made repurposed organizers. It makes me feel good because it was cheaper, it’s not in the garbage and it’s personalized. My favourite part is the jumbo wad of slightly mangled tin foil. I love that you included that in your DIY!

    • naturesmyfriend 04/10/2011 at 08:14 #

      yea, my foil wrapping skills definitely need some work lol

  7. Kye Sangha (@KyeSangha) 03/10/2011 at 21:42 #

    It’s very obvious that I NEEEEEED to get some washi tape…and then make an organizer!

  8. Charlotte 04/10/2011 at 01:45 #

    This is amazing! What a great idea find! I’m loving your foil wrapping skills as well, i think mine would of also turned out like that.
    I’m a newbie to the washi tape world, but i do have a few rolls :-D my favourite is a thicker roll with colourful random poker-dots – love it! I don’t send a letter out without some on the envelope, sealed by a personalised sticker.

  9. Crystal 11/10/2011 at 15:52 #

    This is such a brilliant idea! My cats keep getting into my washi tapes and I find them all over the house, although I do not have as many as you (jealous!) I am totally going to buy more and create this :)
    Hope you are doing wonderful!
    Much Love,


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