Ten ways to use washi tape

I’ve been having so much fun with my new Bottle Branch washi tape, and I’m excited to share what I’ve been doing.

First, for the uninitiated, here are a few basic facts about washi tape. Washi tape originated in Japan about 15 years ago when someone had the brilliant idea of creating printed masking tape. It gets its name because early designs resembled those that adorn Japanese washi, traditional handmade made paper. (More history here.) Washi tape is light, slightly transparent paper tape that’s versatile, removable, and kind of addicting.

Here are a few ways I’ve used, or plan to use washi tape since I got mine printed:

(1) Tiny flags for drink. Both celebratory and useful, tape a little flag on the end of a bamboo skewer and this flag will function as a stir, a decoration, and a way to tell people’s drinks apart. They also make a great cupcake topper if you use a tooth pick.

(2) Wrapping votive candles – a prefect way to keep things simple but pretty for your next outdoor gathering.

(4) Mark your devices. After adding the ivy tape to my computer charger, I’m no longer stooping to look closely to see whose charger is whose at my house.

(4) Present wrapping

(5) Decorate a box for a special present and create a reuasbale gift wrapping option. Watch this video if you want to see it done!

(6) Seal an envelope in a pretty way.

(7) Decorate something mundane! I use this little easel for face-timing on my ipad. Even better with a few waving ferns cheering it up.

(8) Personalize a note book.

(9) Flag special sections of your note book.

(10) Finally, this is my FAVORITE way to use washi tape – instead of a paperclip. It holds papers together but slips easily into an envelope for mailing.

I hope you’ll give a few of these ideas a try – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! And if you’d like to try them with Bottle Branch washi tape, you can shop botanical washi here.

Clever housekeeping: DIY marker organizer

Last week, I decided to orgnize our family art cabinet and one of the first things I took on was the heap of half worn out markers. I remembered seeing a DIY marker organizer project on pinterest. I traced the original source back to a post on a blog called Aunt Peaches, read up on it, and decided to make my own.

DIY marker organizer

I knew I had been saving all those gift wrap tubes for a reason! I dug them out and went to work cutting them to fit a wooden box we had been (unsuccessfully) using to sort papers.

Since my kids will be using this marker organizer, I decided to glue the cardboard together with a hot glue gun. We’ll see how long the markers stay sorted by color.

I’m not sure this qualifies as a craft project, or just clever housekeeping, but it was a thrill to try a new project and even better see the markers prettily organized.

marker organizer