I must confess I had never heard of Washi tape until I started seeing it on Pinterest and I am so thankful I did! These beautiful tapes originated in Japan and are made of papers made from using plant fibers such as bamboo, hemp, rice, wheat, the bark of the gampi tree or the paper mulberry. It then has acrylic glue added to it and becomes a product similar to masking tape because it can be removed from most any surface. There are so many creative ways it can be used and it comes in an abundance of beautiful designs. A quick google search will yield many sources for purchasing this beautiful tape. The tape averages about five dollars a roll and of course there are deals to be had if you search for them. I gathered some of my favorite ideas from Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.
Dress up a light switch or electrical cover
Turn an ordinary letter in to something extraordinary
Give a door a custom look
Dress up your walls
Add some pizzazz to cards and business cards
Up cycle a tired and old lampshade
Create Washi frames for your treasures
Add some flair to clothespins
Give plain glass the wow factor
Dress up your walls when it’s time for a party
Add some color and pattern to a table runner
Create art or make a tray
give plain tea lights a pep up
Decorate your furniture
Add a bold graphic to a door
Add some pattern and color to a wall
As you can definitely see there are many ways to customize your home and accessories with Washi Tape. Have fun and be creative! You will end up with some amazing things that have YOU written all over them.
If your house is anything like mine at some point something has been broken. I can’t tell you how many times it has happened around here. My first reaction is always “OH NO”! You can turn that in to an “Oh Wow” with a little bit of time and creativity. I have been a fan of mosaics for a long time now and I am going to start doing some creative projects after the new year has begun. I am also a true believer in up-cycling and saving things from the landfill if possible. I have gathered some pictures from Pinterest on some of the many ways you can turn your broken dishes, glass, ceramics and pottery in to works of art. To be quite honest some of these ideas made me want to go and break something but there is no need for that! You can buy the pieces online if you don’t have enough and picking up mismatched plates at thrift stores and flea markets are a great idea as well. I have a ton of ideas flowing through my head on what I can make and maybe you will too after getting some inspiration.
I hope you have found some ideas that you could see in your home. I am getting excited about doing this I really love hands on projects. I found this great video on how to cut tiles from Mosaic Artist Karen Silton. I hope you enjoy!
Browsing through Pinterest you can find a multitude of ideas for art on a shoestring budget. One of my favorite ideas is using fabric to personalize your space. This is even a less expensive endeavor if you have fabric scraps left from other projects that are not being used. Have you ever been to a fabric store or seen one online that you have fallen in love with but that is a little to pricey to buy a lot of? I know I have and this is great for that because a little can go a long way in getting a wow factor for your room. These ideas can also be carried out with scrapbook paper or gift wrapping papers.
There are many ways to frame the art from wrapping it on canvas, framing it in frames, wrapping it on shoe box lids or using old embroidery hoops. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few more photos I gathered from Pinterest for you to get inspired by.
The possibilities really are endless! This idea will work in any room of your home. I find that is an ideal way to create art for a child’s room or a nursery. As they grown you can change it up to suit their current style without having to invest in costlier artwork. This is also a great way to change things seasonally as well. I hope you have been inspired to get creating some personalized artwork of your own. I know I will be making some masterpieces of my own very soon.