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.DIY Washi/Fancy Tape - featuring Elmer's products
I love the idea
of Washi/Patterned paper tape... and I love my game table
that I covered in paper tape.
However, I have (once again) discovered that I am a fussy Craftster -- at any given moment, I never have quite the right pattern/color/style of tape. I think that even if I had every available pattern/color, I would end up not having the right tape at the right moment.
And that got me thinking... because I do have this nifty role of Elmer's Scrapbooking Double-Sided tape.
Oh yes, I'm now making my own paper tape. And not just paper.
As you can see from the picture, I'm preparing to make fancy tape out of a map from an old book, a discarded neck tie, and some green tissue paper.SUPPLIES
- Elmer's Double-Sided Tape
- Various Papers
- Wooden Spools (optional)
- Rubber Bands (optional)
- Self Healing Cutting Mat
- X-ACTO Knife
This is so simple (and a wee bit addictive). Mark my words, you will be looking at everything in your stash wondering if you can make tape out of it.
1. Place the desired paper (or fabric) "right side down" on the self healing mat and run a line of double-sided tape on top of it. The most important thing to remember is that you are placing the tape on the "back" of your paper or fabric.
2. If paper, use the ruler and the X-ACTO knife to trim off the excess paper. If fabric, use the scissors.
What you're left with is a strip of tape that has your material on one side and the original white paper backing on the other side. For simple storage, wrap the tape (white paper side "in") around an old thread spool and secure with a rubber band.
When you're ready to use the tape, just peel off the paper backing and apply. Here's an in progress pic of wrapping the "tissue paper tape" around a plain piece of cardboard.
And as I looked around my stash, my eyes fell on the finely shredded landscaping foam:
Yep, it worked! Be forewarned, the landscaping foam tape sheds a bit. This is one I would make on an "as needed" basis instead of prepping ahead.
Overall, I really like the freedom of making fancy tape out of whatever I happen to put my hands on.