If you spend any time on Japanese stationary shops, you have probably seen something called washi tape. A type of tape that comes in thousands of different colors and designs, and seems to be extremely popular in Japan.
What is washi tape and, if you bought some, what could you do with it?
What is washi tape? — Washi tape has a texture that is a little bit like masking tape, but is actually made of all-natural fibers. These are usually fibers from plants like bamboo or the mulberry bush.
It is a tape that has become popular for myriads of craft projects. Not only due to the thousands of beautiful designs, but also because it can be stuck on walls and furniture yet, when it is removed, it does not leave a residue behind. That makes it perfect for people living in rental houses or apartments, or those that do not want to damage their belongings.
What can you do with washi tape? — You can create beautiful designs on a wall or a door. Designs that can be extremely complex and colorful, as well as very large. Yet, when the tape is removed, the wall will look just like it has always looked without any damage at all.
You can also use washi tape to create bunting for special occasions like a birthday or a house-warming party.
Washi tape can be used to make labels, decorate boxes or binders and can even be made into magnets. If you need a new phone cover, you could make one with this tape as well.
Where to buy it — Find an online stationary seller that stocks Japanese stationary online. There are thousands of them, and many have extremely cheap prices on thousands of different rolls of tape.
Choose your favorite designs and, once you receive them in the mail, use them in your next craft project.