Easy DIY Washi Tape Dispenser Project
If you’re crazy for crafts, chances are that you’ve probably heard of Amy Anderson. She’s the powerhouse crafter/blogger/entrepreneur behind the popular websites Mod Podge Rocks, DIY Candy and Washi Tape Crafts. She’s on my top 5 list of blogger crushes and I pretty much adore everything she does. The first person to ever comment on a post on my site (who wasn’t related to me) was Amy Anderson. I’d been a fan of hers for awhile, so having her comment on one of my posts basically made my life. I hope that one day I’ll have the opportunity to meet Amy in real life and tell her just how much I adore her and everything that she has done to help promote and grow other craft bloggers around the world.
Amy’s latest book, Washi Tape Crafts, recently landed on my desk. It’s pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to washi tape (minus Amy’s site Washi Tape Crafts). Filled with 110 washi tape projects, the book is a dream come true for anyone who is looking for a creative way to play with washi tape, or for an inexpensive way to decorate just about anything in their house. Plus it comes with 10 rolls of washi tape! Perfect for those who are new to washi tape to start your collection, or for those of us who have been collecting for awhile, to feed our addiction!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with washi tape… Washi tape is a decorative tape, made from rice paper, that originated in Japan. Washi tape seems to be slightly less adhesive than other types of tape, which makes it easy to peel up and reposition. If you are working on a washi project that you want to be permanent, you can seal the tape with a variety of different types of sealers including mod podge and clear nail polish. Over the past few years, washi has become very popular with crafters, because of the wide variety of designs that it’s offered in, because it’s a fairly inexpensive way to make a big impact and because its so gosh darn fun! (LOL… did I really just say gosh darn???)
Once you get hooked on washi tape, you often REALLY get hooked. The different designs are fun to collect, and it seems like every time you hit up the craft store their are new fun designs to check out.
Amy and her publishers at Workman were kind enough to let me share one of the projects from the book for you. Because I know many crafters have a ton of washi tape floating around their craft rooms, I decided to share Amy’s Washi Tape Dispenser project. It’s the perfect way to organize your washi tape for all of us who have set a new year’s resolution to keep our craft rooms more clean, and for those who want a pretty way to showcase their washi collection.
Read on for instructions for the Washi Tape Dispenser project from Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything by Amy Anderson.
Washi Tape Dispenser Project
My washi tape collection was previously not organized at all. I’d have to dig out a tape roll from a large drawer and then fumble with it to find the end of the tape. This dispenser solves both of those problems. You can store your washi and easily tear off a piece—oh, and the storage looks great on a desktop. -Amy Anderson
-An empty plastic wrap or aluminum foil box and tube
-Washi tape (find a ton of fun tape options here)
-Decoupage medium (At Hello Creative Family we love Mod Podge)
-Adhesive Velcro dots
1. Paint the entire box, inside and out. Let it dry.
2. Press strips of washi tape vertically or horizontally across the outside of the box, covering it completely.
3. Use scissors to trim the ends of the tape at the edges of the box.
4. Paint two coats of decoupage medium over the box, then let it dry.
5. Apply three evenly spaced adhesive Velcro dots across the inside of the box flap, with their matches aligned below the serrated edge to close the box.
6. Slide the washi tape rolls onto the empty tube and store them inside the box. Pull the washi tape out and fold it over the serrated lip, so you can trim the tape as you dispense it.
Print or save it for later:
- An empty plastic wrap or aluminum foil box and tube
- Acrylic paint
- Washi tape
- Decoupage medium
- Adhesive Velcro dots
- Paint the entire box, inside and out. Let it dry.
- Press strips of washi tape vertically or horizontally across the outside of the box, covering it completely.
- Use scissors to trim the ends of the tape at the edges of the box.
- Paint two coats of decoupage medium over the box, then let it dry.
- Apply three evenly spaced adhesive Velcro dots across the inside of the box flap, with their matches aligned below the serrated edge to close the box.
- Slide the washi tape rolls onto the empty tube and store them inside the box. Pull the washi tape out and fold it over the serrated lip, so you can trim the tape as you dispense it.
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