Do you remember when you were quite content to wrap gifts with plain old clear sticky tape? … With the rise and rise of my obsession with Japanese washi paper tape, I’m feeling like those days are far behind me.
Are you on the washi paper tape trail too? Oh my … I adore it and all its papery goodness so very much. It’s great for ‘prettying up’ parcels and adding decorative touches to just about anything you can imagine. Aside from being lovely to look at, it’s also slightly transparent and relatively re-positionable … this means that you can do lots of cool things with it, and also fix any little mistakes you may make along the way. These features help to explain why I’ve gone a bit ‘washi tape mad’ on my Christmas gift wrapping efforts. I even played around with making my own mini-bows … perhaps you’d like to make some mini-bows too?
This method will make you two mini washi tape bows:
One: You’ll need some basic equipment – washi tape, a pair of scissors, and a ruler.
Two: roll out the washi tape along your ruler to a decent length (20cm seems to be a good length for this project) and cut. Stick the tape down to the ruler as you go (the ruler is like an extra hand, helping to hold things in place).
Three: Flip your ruler over so that it’s now facing ‘sticky side up’.
Four: Being careful to line up as best you can with the bottom strip, roll out another 20cm of tape along your ruler and stick it on top of the bottom strip. Then cut.
Five: Carefully remove the ruler from between the strips (just gently peel back the top tape layer) and then join the two strips together. Trim the ends. Now you’re almost there.
Six: Fold the strip down the centre to make a crease. Cut along this crease so you now have two narrow strips measuring approximately 20cm in length.
Seven: Take one of the strips and loop the ends, as if you were going to tie your shoe laces. Do your best to keep the knot to the centre of the strip (you can make little adjustments before you loop the ends too tightly).
Eight: Pull the ends tight, trying to keep the front of the knot looking as neat and flat as possible (just do this slowly and you’ll be fine).
Nine: Now just loop both ends of the strip to form a bow just like you would when tying a knot in your shoe laces. You’ll then end up with a pretty little bow (which measures approximately 5cm across).
Ten: Just trim the ends a little to even them up, and shape the ends as you like (I like the inverted point look).
And that’s it! (just repeat these steps with the other strip). With just a touch of glue you can affix your new bow to your gift any which way you like. I’ve done a bit of a mix with my gifts and also cleverly used washi tape in place of ribbon (clever, huh?).
I hope you enjoyed this little crafty project … perhaps you share my washi tape obsession? (I’d consider joining a support group, but I’m having too much fun playing with it).