Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Camden's "C" on the wall of his nursery

The Wonders of Washi

I joined the washi movement late in the game, which was great because by the time I found out about washi tape,  there were lots of ideas online and I had a blast jumping on board.  Here is a link to a site I like for ideas.

If you haven't checked out washi tape, it is colorful, not-too-sticky tape that one can use to decorate just about anything.  Here are a few things we have done with our washi...

We've covered letters.  This was a plain wooden letter "C" I bought at AC Moore.  I found these rolls of tape at AC Moore as well.  I mentioned to Carson's teacher, Mrs. Camp, that I was working on a letter C for Camden's room, and she promptly ordered a "C" for her classroom. :) Her favorite color is orange, so I chose orange and brown.  I had so much fun working on her "C."
Completed "C" for Mrs. Camp

I bought these letters at Hobby Lobby for the big boys to decorate.

We have also made bookmarks.  I made these as summer gifts for Carson's Kindergarten class last year. 
The quote is one from Groucho Marx--"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."  Click here for the quote.

Here's what I did...

I started with a plain piece of sturdy white paper.  I measured it so that it would be equal to the width of three bookmarks, placed side by side.  

Then I added the tape, alternating colors and patterns.

When I was finished, I cut the paper into thirds, creating three bookmarks.

Then I used more washi tape to attach the quote.

I used other color schemes as well.

And when I was finished, I laminated them and we were all set.  I bought this laminator at AC Moore (with a coupon) and have found it invaluable for all the crafting and schoolwork we do around here.

I have also used washi to revive a picture frame that needed a punch of color.  This would have actually worked better on a white frame, but I didn't have one, so I made it work.  I think it looks so much better on our bookshelf, which is also black.  The frame just got lost before the washi update.

One more way I have used washi is to decorate my boys snack bins.  When they come home from school, I always have healthy snacks waiting for them in these jars.  If I don't, they'll raid the pantry, and it's not healthy food they choose.  

How will you use your washi?


  1. Pam, you are really rocking the block recently!! You go!

  2. Thank you, Rachel!!! You are so sweet. :)