DIY Washi Tape Gift Tags



It's all grey and rainy today, so I couldn't resist having a little fun with bold colour!

Card stock, washi tape and a couple of punches are all you need to craft up a multitude of fun gift tags in colourful stripes.



Start by covering a piece of card stock (white or cream works best) in strips of washi tape. Throw together any colours, patterns or widths you please. There are no rules here.


Use a large craft punch to punch circles from your washi-covered card. I used a 2-inch (5cm) punch. But go ahead, use any size or shape you have.


Continue taping and punching until you're satisfied.


Use a small hole punch to make holes in each circle - instantly transforming them from giant confetti to gift tags.


Tie one on! For added fun, apply washi tape stripes and use a fun colour of twine.  More colour, more fun!


If you're like me... ahem, no self-control... you might end up with heaps more tags than you need. If so, why not share your pretty creations? Slip a handful of tags into clear polybags...


Then add a colourful header card and a little more washi tape.


Want to add text to your tape too? Check out this easy tutorial.

Well, that was fun! How do you use washi tape for wrapping gifts?

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project - Week 12 - Double Sakura


Perhaps my favourite blossom of them all is the extra frothy double petal cherry blossom. Of course, a real double petal cherry blossom has more than 2 layers of petals... but allow me a little creative license please! I love the idea of a blossom within a blossom in that iconic sakura shape.

Want so see some real double petal blossoms? Scroll down to the bottom 2 pictures in this old post. Sigh, so pretty! Have I mentioned that it's snowing... anyway, back to the blossoms!


To create your own Double Sakura kirigami design, use the template below and the 5-point Folding Pattern.


Ready to create all the blossoms you can cut?


The free monthly printable template is now available!


Click on the image above to access and print the free templates. Then fold, trace & cut as many lovely kirigami pieces as you please.

We would love to see your kirigami creations! Use the hashtag #thekirigamiproject on Twitter and Instagram so we can see your versions of March's designs.

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Sneak Peek - Stripes & Dots

While on the hunt for something altogether different, I came across these colourful paper bags and simply couldn't resist!  Just perfect for Springtime parties and wrapping adventures. They should be in the shop a little later in the week.

Washi Tape Sticker Recipe Cards


There's nothing quite like opening a jar of homemade jam - summer sweetness all year round. I've been loving our Jam Lovers washi tape for quite awhile, but waiting for the perfect project to come to mind.

And then it did... Sweet Recipe Cards!




First things first - turning your favourite pictorial washi tape into washi tape stickers. (This works with any wide illustration or photo style washi tapes). Start by applying strips of tape to a piece of waxed or parchment paper.


Cut out the individual illustrations. Leave a small border of white space around each shape.


Carry on cutting until you have all the stickers your heart desires!





Combine strips of washi tape with the jam sticker to create sweet recipe cards. Simply peel the paper backing off of the stickers then stick. The cards are adorable with a fruit and jam mix...


With a simple fruit medley...



Or even just jars of jam. Yum!

Wouldn't these recipe cards be lovely for exchanging favourite recipes with friends? Or why not decorate a stack for a sweet gift?

As for my extra stickers, I'm thinking some sweet fruit-themed snail mail is in order!

What would you do with washi tape jam stickers?

The Kirigami Project - Week Eleven - Fancy Blossom


I must admit, the frothier a blossom, the more I love it. There's just something about layer after layer of frilly petals in one delicate flower - so pretty! Playing with that idea, I created a slightly fancier version of the basic blossom with a few layers of petals.





To create your own Fancy Blossom kirigami design, use the template below and the 5-point Folding Pattern.


Are the blossoms peeking their heads out near you yet? Or is the tail end of winter hanging around like it is here?

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Thinking About... Washi Tape Art


Over the weekend, as I found myself far too ensconced in creating a tiger's face out of elastics on a plastic peg board, my young charge* having already grown tired of the activity and wandered away, I cracked a joke that I wasn't to be bothered as I was having a little art therapy time. To which my mother responded that I did art therapy everyday.

She wasn't wrong. But she also wasn't right.

So, I thought to myself, if I was to prescribe myself some art therapy, what would it look like?

I think it would look like this! I know that colouring in mandalas has been adopted as a form of meditation in some circles and I thought that extending that idea into my washi tape world would be wonderful. Of course, if you find cutting small shapes frustrating rather than soothing, you should probably stick with the colouring.



I started by tracing a circle (ahem - try a bowl or plate) onto a sheet of card stock and marking the centre point and reference points around the outer circle - at 3, 6, 9, 12 o'clock.  Then I cut small shapes - 4 or 8 of each - from washi tape covered parchment paper, peeled them off and applied, building the pattern as I went until it felt complete.

I must admit, I'm pretty smitten with the final result. And 2 calm hours of washi tape collage at the end of a very Monday-ish Monday was a treat in and of itself.

Anyway, the whole adventure got me thinking about the use of washi tape in art. If you have ever read the "origin story" of washi tape (you can find a brief version here), you'll note that washi tape was first produced for artists at the request of artists. I find that these tapes have been wholeheartedly embraced by crafters, snail mailers and scrapbookers, but we don't hear so much about washi tape in art. I'd love to see more washi tape art!

Do you use washi tape / decorative masking tapes to create art? I'd love to see or hear all about it!

Excuse the grainy photos - I shot these on my phone last night.

*We engaged in a little tag team babysitting on Sunday - 3 adults to 1 child. Those are good odds.

The Kirigami Project - Week Ten - Cherry Blossom



Perhaps the most famous of spring blossoms, it's pretty hard not to love the delicate beauty of the cherry blossom. The paper version is almost as lovely as the real thing. You know you want to cut a whole bevy of these beauties!




To create your own Cherry Blossom kirigami design, use the template below and the 5-point Folding Pattern.

Now that we've had fun with basic blossoms, next week we'll get a little bit fancy!

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.

Send Pretty Mail - Parisian Travel Collage



Fancy a little travel adventure by envelope? My time in Japan taught me that everything French is cool (which seems like a bit of a contradiction, but really, Japan loves French stuff - brands, bread, dessert, words...), so it seemed fitting to grab a handful of Japanese washi tape and take a little afternoon trip to Paris.


Sometimes the idea comes first and then I choose the tape (or other materials) to best suit the idea. Kinda like the fruit cards. But sometimes, the tape comes first and stares at me until the appropriate use dawns on me.

Here I've combined three tape designs which I love, but wasn't too sure what to do with... you know, other than simply sticking a strip here and there. But then, it occurred to me that they would play nicely together in a collage-ish kinda thing. And what better than an envelope - my favourite mini canvas?



I tend to shy away from these collage style projects - random strips and bits not really being my forte - but sometimes you need to ignore your own preconceived notions of what you can and can't do and just play. After all, it is just tape and paper - I'm not cutting diamonds over here!


Rolls of alphabet tape are fun for snipping into individual letters - use them to spell out a word, like on the front of this simple notecard, or to add initials or secret messages to gifts and mail.  It's a pretty no-fuss way to make a card.


And, of course, don't forget the back of the envelope!

If you love these tapes as much as I do, find them here... Alphabet / Paris / Travel / Slim

Have you sent any pretty mail lately?

Fruity Washi Tape Cards


Do you ever cut your washi tape into shapes? When I get bored of sticking strips of tape on things, my scissor hands get a little itchy and I start snipping away.



Today I was dreaming about summer fruit - fresh, sweet berries - not the sickly tasteless ones in the supermarket this time of year. Since it'll be awhile before berry season, I thought I'd try satisfy the craving with berries of the cute kind.



Simple shapes plus a little fine tip Sharpie action are perfect for transforming washi tape into fruit.


I cut these freehand, but if you find that frustrating, stick your tape to a piece of parchment / waxed paper first, then cut.


Stick an assortment of your favourite fruit shapes all over the front of a blank card - either store-bought or make your own from folded card stock. A lovely way to send warm weather greetings no matter the season.

What kind of fruit would you create out of washi tape?

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project - Week Nine - Plum Blossom


'Tis the season for blossoms, and since flowers are pretty much my favourite thing to cut, March simply had to be full of them! Each week we'll share a new blossom-inspired kirigami design for you to try. Yes yes, there are cherry blossoms in your near future! But first...

Plum blossoms! Plum blossoms are associated with the start of spring as they are the first to bloom. If we're talking symbolism, plum blossoms represent hope and perseverance as they manage to bloom even before winter's chill has left the air.

Oh, and they're pretty!




To create your own Plum Blossom kirigami design, use the template below and the 5-point Folding Pattern. This is the trickiest of the folding patterns we'll use this year, but also my favourite!
See you back here next week for more blossom-y goodness!

Happy crafting!

The Kirigami Project is a collaborative creative project from Marisa Edghill of Omiyage and Geri Jewitt of The Languid Lion. Marisa creates the kirigami designs and Geri whips them into template shape! Each week In 2014, we will bring you a new kirigami design to fold and cut.