CK Summer Camp 2012 (Day Two): DIY Washi Tape

Hi there! I’m Maggie Homes, and I’m excited to share a fun washi tape technique that I know you will want to try on your own scrapbook pages!

Make Your Own Washi Tape

Washi tape is all the rage, and if you are like me, you can’t get enough of it! Even though I have quite a large (and growing) supply of tape there are still times when I don’t have the exact color or pattern that I am looking for. The solution is simple: create your own with a few basic supplies!

"Mother's Prayer" scrapbook layout by Maggie Holmes for Creating Keepsakes

Mother’s Prayer by Maggie Holmes.

You can see two different strips of custom “washi tape” that I created on my layout here. I love that it matches perfectly and has a handmade feel as well. Here is how you do it…..

Gather supplies:


  1. Tear off a piece of tape to your desired length and apply it to a piece of scrap paper.
  2. Spray mist on the tape and use your finger or a paper towel to rub it into the tape. Wipe off the excess and allow to dry completely.
  3. Stamp the tape with your favorite stamps. Here is where you can experiment and have fun with it. Small patterns work well (see the polka dots I used here). You can also use any type of texture or background pattern stamps. Border stamps also work really well (see the chevron border I used on my layout).

DIY washi tape

Have fun and don’t be shy about playing around with this technique. A roll of masking tape is inexpensive and goes a long way in creating tons of cute customized “washi tape” strips for you to use on your layouts and cards!

While you’re at it, take a look at page 29 of the Creating Keepsakes special issue Mixed Media Scrapbooking,  where you’ll learn another cool DIY decorative tape technique. And be sure to earn your Stickers merit badge today by participating in the altered sticker challenge on Club CK.

I hope you’ve enjoyed day two of CK Summer Camp 2012! Now go out there and create your own custom washi tape!

Maggie Homes, CK Dream Team member

Maggie Holmes


Would you like to win a totally awesome summer camp prize? Leave a comment here letting us know if you use washi tape (or a DIY version) in your scrapbooking. You could win this prize package sponsored by Accord PublishingAmerican CraftsArt-CClearsnap, C-ThruDie Cuts with a View, Eyelet OutletFaber-CastellEK SuccessHero ArtsJillibean SoupPebbles, Provo Craft, and The Paper Company StudioComments must be received by Monday, July 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Sorry, we cannot ship prizes internationally. If your entry is chosen and you live outside the United States, you will be offered a year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine instead of this prize.

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beccanay2: I have a few rolls of Washi tape. Love using it! And that DIY Washi is awesome…can’t wait to give it a try:) Thanks!

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232 Responses to CK Summer Camp 2012 (Day Two): DIY Washi Tape

  1. Smokie says:

    I’v never used wash tape but this is a cheaper alternative to ribbons. Thank you for the idea and a chance to win.

  2. Hattie says:

    I LOVE Washi Tape! It is so quick and easy to use and adds instant color to a layout or card! Thanks for the instructions on how to make my own and the chance to win!

  3. Grace Tolman says:

    great, great, great technique. Just what this WASHI tape addict needs to know!!! tfs

  4. Julie Shearer says:

    I use Washi tape on lots of my tags and LO’s. I love the stuff !! Thanks for this techinque , I have not tried this one…but I’m going to. Thanks for a chance to win.

  5. Hjördís says:

    I have never used washi tape but it looks easy to make yourself so I’m going to try it out.

  6. Sabrina says:

    I’ve never used washi tape because I have a very limited budget and even smaller storage space for scrap supplies… but making my own tape sounds absolutely BRILLIANT and I can’t wait to try!

  7. Amanda okanogangirl says:

    Fun project!! I use washi tape, I’ve mostly used it to make flowers from.

  8. Kimmon says:

    I just started using washi tape. I purchased my first couple rolls at Mother’s Day and bought about five more rolls at CKC St Louis. I really like it. I have seen other tutorials for making your own, but they involve tissue paper and several more steps. Your version looks so simple! Gotta give it a try!!

  9. Dorina D says:

    Love making my own washi tape for cards and scrapbooking. Love this new method for making washi tape. Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. Jill Thurman says:

    I’ve used Washi Tape to make flowers on a layout. I started with a cardstock circle and working from the outside to the center pleating the tape. I finished it off with a button in the center.

  11. Jennifer (WorkingMommy) says:

    I only ever used Washi tape in a CKC class. I haven’t bought any yet, so I’ll have to try making my own. Thanks for the tips!

  12. Silvia Diaz says:

    I love using washi tape! I’m still getting the hang of how and when to use it but I LOVE THAT IT IS SO FORGIVING!! If you don’t like it you pull it off with no mess or regrets!

  13. g says:

    Ony have few and still learning to use it.

  14. i have not worked with washi tape, still learning how it works. need to try it. thanks for all the great ideas.

  15. Jen F says:

    I am so going to start doing this!

  16. Wendy Orme says:

    I just bought some washi tape at Target in their office supplies section that I’m excited to experiment with.

  17. Kim T says:

    I have bought washi tape and am sad to say I haven’t actually used it on a layout yet. I need to change that!

  18. mbunny says:

    I just bought some washi tape to try and I can see now why everyone is raving! It’s well behaved ribbon!

  19. Amy says:

    I love using washi tape. I used it on a couple of my layouts for the challenges. I also love using it to decorate gift bags.

  20. Allison says:

    I just recently bought some washi tape and have not had a chance to play with it yet.

  21. stacie d says:

    I love using washi tape as a stripe technique, as extra adhesive/design element. I also love to frame layouts with it. Thanks for the dyi idea!

  22. Sheri M. says:

    I’ve never used washi tape, it looks like it would be fun to make.

  23. miriam says:

    im a little intimidated by washi tape but im gaining courage & inspiration!

  24. Carmen says:

    I don’t own any washi tape yet. I’ve saved a couple tutorials on how to make your own, but haven’t tried it yet.

  25. Mandi says:

    I love my Wash tape. I can’t get enough of it. I have also made my own out of medical fabric tape.

  26. Irma says:

    I have yet to use washi tape but I have made a variation in the past that I have used… love the freedom.

  27. What a sweet LO! I haven’t bought any Washi tape but I did try making my own version with double sided tape, tissue paper and stamps. I was quite pleased with the results and used it on a card.
    Thanks for sharing your technique. I will have to try the masking tape next! :)

  28. JanelleJ says:

    I LOVE Washi Tape!!! I like to cover scraps of cardstock with it and then use a punch to cut out a fun embellishment!!

  29. pamela says:

    I use washi tape to adhere paper together. Sometimes, I just want it to look a little more handmade by taping paper together.

  30. I have a growing stash but I have yet to use any on a layout – it is too gorgeous I don’t know what to use it on. I love this idea of making your own.

  31. ava says:

    I just made deluxe(board not paper) photobooks of a trip to Malaysia that we took with friends, and I included accent pages with a single faded photo of the sights we visited. I had extra photos of the hubby and I that I wanted to add on, and I’ve planned to use washi tape to attach them. Now, if I can just find cute ones out here in my neck of the woods, lol. Thanks for the chance. :)

  32. Renee Zwirek says:

    I LOVE THIS! I always keep blue painter’s tape and masking tape in my desk drawer. Thanks for this cool idea!

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