This is a sponsored post for Workman Publishing and Amy Anderson’s Washi Tape Crafts Book. I have been compensated with a product for this post. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.
I’m so excited to have been chosen by Workman Publishing to review the book Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything (Workman; October 2015) by Amy Anderson. In case you aren’t familiar with Amy, she is the creator of washitapecrafts.com, modpodgerockblog.com, and the author of Mod Podge Rocks!. Amy is just plain awesome and created the only washi craft book that is packaged with 10 rolls of custom washi tape so you can start making fun crafts right away – no other supplies needed! And with Christmas coming, I think this is the perfect gift for kids, teens, and adults.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with washi tape, it’s a low-tack paper tape that originated in Japan around 2006. Today, washi tape is a generic term given to any patterned tape on a small roll, but true washi tape is paper-based. Washi tape is a great medium for the beginner to even the most advanced crafter because it comes in a variety of colors/patterns, is easy to use, sticks to many different surfaces, and is biodegradable.
There are six chapters in the book that covers the many uses of washi tape. The first chapter introduces the tools and techniques for using washi tape while the remaining chapters cover gifts, home decor, jewelry, fashion, holidays, and celebrations. With 110 washi tape ideas, it was tough for me to decide which washi tape project to try. I was torn between the Switch Plate Update, Wishy-Washy Window Blinds, or a fun Custom Nail Art project with my daughter. But ultimately, I decided to take inspiration from the Home Decor chapter and do a shelf makeover in my daughter’s room.
Washi Tape Cube Shelf Makeover
For this cube shelf makeover, I headed to my teen daughter’s room. One of the edges of her shelf had peeled off and was exposing the pressed board. Not cute. Washi tape was the perfect 15-minute quick fix.
- 5 of Amy’s exclusive washi tape patterns (included with book)
- Exacto knife
For a quick shelf makeover, it doesn’t get any easier than this. All I had to do was press the washi tape onto the edges of the cube shelf and cut where needed.
It’s difficult to see, but the entire front edges are trimmed with washi tape. Super easy.
I even decorated a glass container with the same washi tape for my daughter’s shelf. Plus, with 18 feet of tape in each roll, I had enough tape to decorate a second cube shelf! In fact, I had to restrain myself from going washi tape crazy all over my daughter’s room. Seriously, once you’ve gone down the washi tape path, you may never look at another plain surface the same again!
Overall, I enjoyed Amy’s book, Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything . I was able to learn about washi tape, washi tape tools and techniques, and the many creative ways to use it. Amy’s love for washi tape is contagious and I already have a list of holiday washi tape projects on my crafting “to-do” list.
Have you worked with washi tape? What did you create using washi tape?