Friday, May 11, 2012

Pinterest Pick: Washi-What?

Daughter Samantha is back for another Guest Blogger post. Today, she talks about her new favorite crafting find.

I know I may be a little bit behind the ball on this, but I just discovered washi tape (I feel the need to write that in extra large purple letters, because I need to give you an idea of how wonderful it is) and I am in love...

For those of you who don't know, washi tape is considered Japanese masking tape-- but much much prettier.  It is slightly transparent and comes in all different colors, patterns, and widths to use for ANY project you are working on.

I sense your skepticism.  ANY? you ask.  Yes, ANY.  Let me demonstrate with my favorite pins of this week, featuring washi tape...

This is the most basic use for washi tape.  Beautiful, beautiful wrapping paper.  With the different patterns, and colors, the possibilities are literally endless!  You could do a sparse pretty plaid, like this one, or even completely cover the package with stripes of tape!

You could also try to cover bottles or vases with washi tape...

I love both of these styles.  The tape dresses up a simple container so easily!  I've also seen washi tape covering the lids of mason jars, making a pretty patchwork pattern.

I tried this myself--

I think they came out really cute!

My personal favorite is using the tape for stationary.

I cut out some looseleaf paper and taped it together using the tape to make notepads--

You can also make a watermark and personalize a notepad as a gift!
Last, I tried something I had not seen washi tape being used for before... my nails!

I cut the tape into thin strips, added it on top of my base color, and covered it with a top coat! I love the little bit of pattern that the washi tape adds, and it was sooooooo easy!

You can get washi tape online on Etsy at PrettyTape or on Cute Tape, a website totally devoted to washi tape!   You could also get it at a Japanese dollar store if you are lucky enough to be near one.  You can also "cheat" if you are too impatient to wait for yours to come in the mail and purchase "highlighter tape" at A. C. Moore.  It comes in pretty colors, but no patterns, unfortunately.

So, go wild! Go get some washi tape and show us what you come up with!  And remember to follow The Noble Wife on Pinterest!

Happy pinning, and happy weekend!


PS- This is our last post before Spring Quilt Market!  If you're going to be there be sure to look for us hanging around the Henry Glass booth! If not, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (thenoblewife)!  Lots of cuteness to come!


  1. Great project! I have this tape and love it.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I had no idea and I love it...

  3. Thanks for sharing! I had no idea and I love it...

  4. I did not know about this tape thank you for sharing. The Japanese are so innovative. I have spent time on layovers in a couple airports in Japan and the things they have in their shops are amazing. They even have kit kat bars in green tea flavor and cherry flavor. Yes, we did buy some and they were very good. A person could spend hours there just looking at everything.

  5. Love the Washi tape on your nails. Might have to try this one.

  6. This is such a fun post! Love the newsletter that came this morning!

  7. Love this tape, Cheryl. You have done a fabulous job demonstrating a variety of ways to use it....and they are so pretty!

  8. Thank you, JP. We appreciate your enthusiasm!! :)



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