One of our favorite and simplest ways to get crafty is….with tape! We love washi and paper tape! With these DIY projects, your everyday items will look new, colorful and fun. Washi tape originates from Japan and has a typical masking tape texture, but is far from dull and beige. Washi tape is most often made from the bark of trees native to Japan (this is why some tape that is similar to washi tape is simply called paper tape if it does not come from Japan).
Washi tape can literally be used on anything. It appears delicate but can actually withstand a lot. The best part? If you don’t like where you put it, just take it right off. It won’t damage or leave sticky marks on anything! It is the easiest DIY crafting you’ll ever do, so even if you think you aren’t too crafty this will quickly change your mind.
We offer multiple different styles and designs of tape - washi tape being just one of them. Below you’ll see what we’ve done to add a little color to things that you can find around your home. In addition to the washi tape, we just couldn’t help but get our hands on the Paper Source-designed Gold Foil Lace Tape. It adds a look of charm and elegance without being too flashy.
If you’re looking for even more tape inspiration, the internet has an abundance! Pinterest especially has some beautiful images (we just searched “washi tape ideas” for the search below.
Some of our favorites include DIY twist ties, gift wrap/tags, coasters, and taping down a car track for the younger ones!
What’s your favorite thing you’ve DIY’ed with tape? Tell us in the comments!
Start your festive July 4th bash with this fun and patriotic ice pop-themed party invitation! Download the instructions and get crafting for your USA tribute!
- How-To PDF
- A6 Royal Blue Flat Card
- A6 Red Envelope
- Pure White Text Weight Paper
- VersaMark Watermark Inkpad
- Aqua Embossing Powder
- Ice Pop Rubber Stamp
- Uniball White Gel Pen
- Holiday Stickles
- Embossing Heat Tool
- Download How-To
- At the bottom of card, stamp three ice pops with VersaMark ink and apply Aqua embossing powder.
- Set the embossing powder using the heat tool.
- Fill in center section of ice pops with white pen.
- Use X-Mas Red stickles to accent top portion of ice pops and allow to dry.
- Format your invite text to fit into a 4″ w x 3 3/4″ h rectangle.
- Trim out text layer and adhere to stamped card.
If you’re looking to make a card for dad this year (Father’s Day is June 15!), we think you’ll love this one! Download the instructions and get to crafting for the world’s best dad!
- How-To PDF
- Gravel A2 Folded Card
- Royal Blue A2 Envelope
- Royal Blue Cover Weight Paper
- Japanese Fine Paper in 2 Patterns
- Uniball White Gel Pen
- Bone Folder
- Double Sided Tape
- Download How-To
- To create origami shirt, cut a piece of fine paper measuring 4″ x 6″ and fold, pattern side down, using the steps shown in the How-To PDF.
- Use template (within the How-To PDF) to trace and cut out tie shape from the second patterned paper.
- Tuck tie under shirt’s collar and adhere in place with a small piece of double stick tape.
- Cut a piece of Royal Blue cover measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to front of Gravel folded card.
- Adhere shirt and tie to card and write desired message using white pen.
We’ve found a great way to show mom some love easily using a pre-existing kit plus a few extra supplies! So get crafting this Mother’s Day and give mom something she can display year-round!
- Love You Mom Banner How-To
- Love You Mom Banner Template
- Succulent Wreath Kit
- Coral Text Weight Paper
- Jute Cord
- Double-Sided Tape
- Transparent Tape
- Cutting Mat
- Crafting Knife
- Construct Succulent Wreath kit according to instructions.
- Download the Love You Mom Banner Template and print onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ coral text weight paper.
- Cut out banner using dotted lines provided as a guide.
- Fold banner in half as indicated, sandwiching approximately 18 inches of jute cord between the front and back of banner before adhering sides together.
- Secure ends of cord to back of wreath form using transparent tape.
- Trim off excess cord and present to your favorite person on Mother’s Day!
This post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Geometric Decor, happening Thursday, April 24.
Two of my favorite trends at the moment are geometric patterns and gold-dipped accents. I love the fresh, bold punch geometrics can bring to a room and how fun and easy it is to create different patterns. I also like a little bit of gold with everything, so the two seemed like a perfect match. This, in a nutshell, was how the Geometric Decor workshop was born!
Creating this workshop, I was inspired by everything from garlands, to artwork to throw rugs. You can check out some of my inspiration on our workshop Pinterest board.
I was also inspired by some of my favorite Paper Source geometric products!
The Geometric Decor workshop is on Thursday, April 24th, from 6 – 8 p.m. and is going to be a fun night with refreshments and creativity! After taking the class, you’ll walk away with a dimensional prism mobile that looks great hanging on a wall or suspended from the ceiling. You’ll also tap your inner artist to create an 8″ x 10″ piece of art – you get to customize it by picking your palette (Mint or Fuchsia) and pattern (3 choices available). And you will also come away with a geometric embossed stationery set.
Throughout it all you’ll get DIY instructions and templates to help you recreate each item at home, along with tips and inspiration to utilize the techniques in other projects! Find a location near you and join us in the fun!
If you’ve walked by our store windows lately (or checked out our website), you’ve probably noticed that we’re lusting over donuts. Here’s a cute way to take the sweet trend and DIY your own invites.
- Donut Invitation How To
- Donut Invitation Template
- Donut Garland Kit
- Mint 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cover Paper
- A7 Envelope
- For Date Time Place Rubber Stamp
- Pink Color Box Inkpad
- Clear Embossing Powder
- Embossing Heat Gun
- Double Stick Tape
- Cutting Mat
- Construct paper donuts according to kit instructions.
- Download the Donut Invite Template and print onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ Mint Cover.
- Cut out invites using crop marks provided on PDF.
- Layer donut of choice over invite so that the printed text is visible through the hole of the donut. Adhere donut in place and trim off excess as shown on How-To PDF.
- Stamp and emboss invite using rubber stamp.
- Fill in desired info and pair invite with an A7 envelope.
We have a new workshop to kick off spring! Fresh Folds – Spring Card Making takes place nationwide on Thursday, March 20th, 6 – 8 pm.
In this class you will learn simple techniques to add dynamic folds, layers and pop-up elements to 4 cards. This vibrant collection incorporates our fresh new colors and favorite pattern trends—a perfect way to welcome spring!
For each project you complete in this class, you will receive the how-to instructions to take home with you so you can do it again on your own. What makes this class even better is all the ways you can use the techniques for other DIY projects! You can check out our project inspiration on our Fresh Folds Pinterest board! And sign up for the workshop today!
Ready to get festive this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a how-to on replicating our store windows. Make a cupid’s arrow that’s fun and bright and sure to impress!
- Arrow How To
- Arrow Feather End Template
- Cone Template
- Cardboard Gift Wrap Tubes
- Kraft paper or newspaper
- Some or all of the following colors in text and cover weight paper: Red, Persimmon, Fuchsia, Coral, Blossom, Papaya, Gold Glitter
- Quick Dry Glue
- Super Tape
- Strong Transparent Tape (such as packing tape)
- Bone Folder
- Download the Templates
- Use 2 gift wrap tubes to construct each arrow. To stabilize the tubes where they will be joined, add crumpled paper inside a portion of each tube.
- Tape the 2 tubes together using a strong transparent tape such as packing tape.
- Cut a piece of text weight paper and wrap it over the point where the 2 tubes meet. As you wrap the tubes, place the seams of the paper on one side of the arrow for appearance. Continue by wrapping desired color of text weight paper around rest of tube.
- Use various colors of 8 1/2″ x 11″ text weight paper and glitter paper to create stripes on either side of the center band.
- Create “feather” ends by tracing template onto cover weight paper and layering shapes. Each arrow end requires 4 shapes, 2 on each side.
- Score shapes using a bone folder and ruler where indicated.
- Fold shape at score mark and adhere shapes to arrow using super tape on the scored flaps. Create stripes using the same template so the angles of the stripes match the “feather” bases.
- Tape cone template together and cut out.
- Trace template on both a piece of colored cover weight paper and gold glitter paper.
- Fold cover weight shape at score mark and use Super Tape on the flap to wrap and secure cone.
- Adhere layer of gold glitter paper over constructed cone.
- Apply Quick Dry adhesive to end of tube and attach cone to decorated arrow.
Here’s a cute and easy way to remind you and yours of the “reason for the season” this Thanksgiving! It looks great on it’s own, or across individual dinner plates or displayed across one of our burlap wreaths.