Washi Wonders

While I’m not really a crafty person, I aspire to be. So when Louise proposed a craft post to several bloggers earlier this month, I accepted the challenge. This month’s medium: washi tape. For awhile now, I’ve seen cute washi tape projects dotted around Pinterest, so I was excited about having an excuse to buy some of my own.

I ended up buying the washi tape from an adorable Etsy boutique which is aptly named Pretty Tape. I bought three different rolls: a diagonal silver and white stripe, a yellow and grey floral, and a multicolored polka dot. They arrived in the most adorable way, bound in a chubby package of bubble wrap, tissue, and raffia. I’m such a sucker for nice packaging.

The tape is described as Japanese masking tape, but it’s somewhat translucent and soft, unlike our traditional masking tape, which makes it lovely to work with. My project was totally self-serving — I used the washi tape to create a protective cover for my laptop. Since the tape is easy to apply and leaves no residue when removed, this is a safe option, and also an inexpensive one, when it comes to creating a laptop skin.

This was literally the easiest thing in the world to do. I stretched pieces of tape over the laptop and trimmed around the edge with scissors. It was done in five minutes flat. Quick and wholly satisfying? I’ll take it. I already have visions of creating washi covered pencils and notebooks for Mr. J’s niece when it’s time for her to head back to school. Friends, beware: whatever you receive for Christmas this year, it will probably be adorned with this stuff.

Check out the rest of the washi tape projects over at Louise’s blog!

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  1. I have Yet to experience washi tape myself! I’m sort of in disbelief that it doesn’t leave a residue once removed – but I’ll take your word for it. If you covered your airbook in it, I’m sure it’s true. Thanks for sharing such a fun project! I’m going to pin this for future reference šŸ™‚

  2. Love it Joy!! Such a nice and clean idea! I tried this DIY and it just didn’t work out for me, haha, hopefully I can participate next time!

    • What did you attempt to make, Anum? I tried it on my black iPhone first — not so good. But great on the silver. So maybe it’s better on lighter materials…?

  3. Oh my gosh, this came out so cute!
    Isn’t this tape so fun to play with!?

  4. Your pics are really pinterest worthy! And yep, too late, I already pinned it! =) I love the look of your laptop skin…I’ve been wanting to find a cover for my nook, and I think the washi tape is a great way to go, after seeing your project! So glad you joined in on the DIY Date Joy! I’m always happy to push and inspire in a positive way! =)

    • Thanks for the pin, Louise! You really do inspire me to be craftier. If it weren’t for you, my laptop would still be naked. Can’t wait for the next craft date.

  5. I love the patterns on the tapes you bought… especially the grey and yellow floral! What a great idea to use it for a laptop skin!

    • Thanks, Steph! I’m loving that color pairing too. Can’t wear it myself, but my laptop pulls it off pretty well. šŸ™‚

  6. Hey lady, Nicely done. I love the washi idea for a laptop. Great tape choice, too. šŸ™‚ XO, MJ

    • Thanks, MJ! About a week and a half later, and it’s still holding up. Love the idea of being able to change it out frequently. Can’t wait to take a look at your page later on tonight, once I’m home.

  7. I absolutely love this! What a wonderful idea, Joy. Iit turned out awesome! I want to try this! And I love the pretty packaging of that washi tape – I’m totally a sucker for pretty packaging, too!

  8. Love how you described yourself in the intro to this post: “While I’m not really a crafty person, but I aspire to be.” I feel the same way about my crafting abilities! However, I think you underestimate yourself. This project turned out beautifully! Washi tape is such a fun medium, yeah?

  9. Catherine says:

    Sold!!I’m going to get me some Washi tape! I’m surprised you said you are not crafty-you are very crafty!
    It’s your gig, man.

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