Okay, so I was seeing some ideas on YouTube about making your own washi tapes, but they were laying them out on craft mats, making cardboard rolls to roll them up on, having the sticky part stick to itself like regular tape, making elaborate nonstick spools to store them on...and I just thought, why not spread out a piece of parchment paper, lay tape out, paint it, then cut the strips apart and roll or fold them up...done! I tried it today to see if it works...and it does!
What you need:
Parchment paper (waxed might work too, but I don't have any right now to try)
You could do this whole thing as a dollar store craft, as I've seen packets of parchment paper there lately. Anyway...
I laid out a sheet of parchment paper the width of my work surface and stuck tape down to it. I had two kinds, a narrow blue painter's tape that ended up too sticky to use for that, and a dollar store roll of regular masking tape. When I took the picture, I had already painted two strips with gold and copper acrylic craft paint...couldn't help myself. I left an inch or so between strips for messiness and to give room to cut them apart after.
So then I just painted. Messy, no plan, doing whatever. You could have your kids sit down and make you some. Or you could paint or stamp very precise designs on it. Whatever you want. I think it would come out awesome either way, because deco tape is just awesome all by itself, ya know? Here's what I ended up with, just playing:
Then when it was dry, I cut the strips between the tape and rolled up three and folded three, then secured each with a paperclip for storage. Folding will probably be the way I go for storage, as I store everything in ziploc bags.
The tape comes off the parchment paper REALLY easily, and it sticks to paper as great as it ever did.
Success! Have fun! And please let me know what you think, and try it and come back and show what you did!!!