What Is Washi Tape

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What Is Washi Tape

Washi Tape Crafts

by Katie Kavulla

You’ve probably seen it on Pinterest a million times or read about it on your favorite DIY or crafting blog, but what is washi tape anyway… and why is everyone so in love with it? Well, be prepared, because your washi tape obsession is about to begin!

OK, dish it! What is washi tape?

Often called wasabi tape by mistake, washi tape does originate from Japan, so we can see how the two terms are easily confused! But, washi tape has nothing to do with the spicy condiment that you eat with your sushi. The best way we can describe washi tape is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It’s made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate  tape designs.

wishy-washi-tapeWashi tape is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of trees that are native to Japan — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. Most washi tapes are strong (as strong as duct tape in some cases!) and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for both everyday and decorative use.

I need some now! Tell me where to get it!

Wishy Washi Tape

Since washi tape has blown up in the past couple of years, it seems like every craft manufacturer and Etsy store is incorporating their designs into the tape line. The cost of a roll of tape will vary, depending on its quality and design, but in general, a roll of tape will run you around $5. Wishy Washi Tape carries dozens of varieties of washi tape, including packs of solid colors ($35), which are a good way to get your washi collection started.

Cute Tape is another online retailer who sells hundreds of washi tape options. These Days of the Week Washi Tape ($4 per roll) are popular for scrapbooking projects or even making a DIY calendar for your home! And at under $5 each, you can easily pick up all three colors without breaking the bank.   Read More

Here is a source for purchasing the tape.

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