Make your own washi tape

Washi tape is typically very strong and is an extremely handy decorative item to have in the home. Here's how to make your own

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In case you don’t know: washi tape originates from Japan and looks and feels a bit like masking tape – but extremely pretty masking tape. It is typically made from natural fibres, such as bamboo or hemp, but also from the bark of trees that are commonly found in Japan, such as the mulberry.

Washi tape is typically very strong and is an extremely handy decorative item to have lying around.

Here’s a quick, clever and easy way to make your own. Choose a good quality, thick wrapping paper in a colour or pattern of choice. Flip the wrapping paper over so that the printed side is facing down. Make sure you have a straight and even edge at the top.

Take some double-sided tape and, starting at the top left corner, carefully stick the tape down onto the wrapping paper. Once your tape extends across the length of your piece of wrapping paper, cut the strip with scissors – or use a craft knife, metal ruler and mat for a smooth edge.

Use your handmade washi tape to pretty up gift boxes (and just about anything else).

* Contributed by Ideyna crafter Jeanne Lubbe. Read more on www.ideyna.com/blog.